"Maximizing Our Impact Through Leadership, Service and Friendship"

Making a difference since 1952

The Columbia Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was organized in April, 1952 by Elise F. Jenkins and Marian B. Paul. The original sixteen members were Essie T. Chappelle, Ada S. Cooper, Hattie Mae Cornwell…

& Initiatives

From the “L.I.N.K.S (Learning Initiative Navigating Knowledge for Success)” after school program to “Links Healthy Lifestyle,” the chapter continues its initiatives throughout our local communities.



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Chapter Highlights

Columbia Urban League Recognizes Mrs. Alice W. Hurley

Mrs. Alice Hurley (center) poses for a photo with Dr. Hiram Spain (left) and Columbia Urban League President/CEO J.T. McLawhorn. The
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Columbia Urban League Recognizes Mrs. Alice W. Hurley

Columbia Chapter of the Links, Inc. receives $2,500 grant for the National Childhood Obesity Initiative

On January 18, 2011, The Columbia Chapter of the Links, Inc. was awarded a grant for $2500 for the National
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Columbia Chapter of the Links, Inc. receives $2,500 grant for the National Childhood Obesity Initiative

Columbia Chapter of Links, Inc. received $1,000 Grant

On January 7, 2012, Link Eneid A. Francis, Director of The Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated, informed Columbia Chapter President,
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Columbia Chapter of Links, Inc. received $1,000 Grant

About Us


Who We Are

The Columbia, South Carolina Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is a not-for-profit service oriented local affiliate of the national organization of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Inc. is an organized membership of women leaders who are linked in service and friendship to promote and engage in educational, civic and intercultural activities in order to enrich the lives of members and the larger community.


A Message From The President


On behalf of the members of The Columbia (SC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, welcome to our website.  I am deeply honored to serve as president for the 2016-2018 program years.  The Columbia (SC) Chapter is a not-for-profit service oriented local affiliate of the National Organization of The Links, Incorporated. Established in 1952, we maintain a membership of professional women who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Our objectives include promotion of health and wellness, educational, cultural, and civic programs designed to transform the lives of South Carolinians we serve.  We are widely recognized as a collective voice of talented and professional women committed to improving the quality of life of the citizens within its community.

Every day, we continue to be a prominent force in the community through our thousands of volunteer service hours, which support our Five Facet Programs:  The Arts; National Trends and Services; Services To Youth; International Trends and Services; and, Health and Human Services.

Although, our members have successfully implemented many programs in the communities we serve, one of our most memorable was OFF THE WALL AND ONTO THE STAGE, where we facilitated the opportunity for 35 students from EE Taylor Elementary (our traditional partner school), to attend a Special Student Behind the Scenes Presentation in conjunction with the acclaimed ballet, “Off the Wall and Onto the Stage.”  The program, conducted in compliance with state standards, incorporated STEAM objectives, taught about Gullah culture and featured artist Jonathan Green and Columbia City Ballet (CCB) artistic director William Starrett, as well as professional dance members of the CCB company.

While I have the pleasure of serving as the Chapter President, the success of the chapter would be impossible without the active support of our members, community partners, and sponsors. Our theme, “Maximizing Our Impact Through Leadership, Service, and Friendship” will be the guiding principles that will sustain us over the next two years.  As you explore our website, you will learn more about our programs, events, and activities. It is an honor to share with you information about our chapter and our legacy of service in our communities.

Thank you again for visiting our chapter website.

Yours in Linkdom,

Bettie B. Owens

Bettie B. Owens Bio

Bettie B. Owens
President, Columbia (SC) Chapter of the Links, Inc.

Bettie is a retired Program Director of National Telecommunications Alliance, where she was responsible for managing a $25M budget for information technology (IT) programs over 5 years for the Big 7 major telecommunication companies throughout the United States. During a second career, she was a Sr. Information Security Engineer for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading Strategy and Technology Consulting Firm, where she worked with multiple Federal government agencies to secure computer networks, information, and information systems. While supporting the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bettie was credited and received high honors for leading the agency in raising their Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) grade from a C+ to an A. In her profession, Bettie has published two articles: “FISMA: Not Just Another Acronym” EVOLVENT Magazine, Securing Business Intelligence, Spring 2004; and “The Transformation of GISRA” EVOLVENT Magazine, Securing Business Intelligence, Spring 2003.

Bettie attended Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Chicago, Illinois.

Bettie has served on numerous boards, including Big Brother Big Sister of the Greater Chicago Area. She currently serves as board member of the Levy Pearson Scholarship Fund. She is a member of the Project Management Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), an International Professional Association that deals with IT governance. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Bettie is very active in the community through multiple professional service organizations. She is a member of The Columbia (SC) Chapter of Links, Inc.; National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Columbia (SC) Chapter; and Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Epsilon Beta Chapter. Bettie is also active in her church, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Columbia.

Bettie is married to Roger Owens, and they have two adult children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going to see a good movie.

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