When you think of someone that loves their community you often think of that person that you see everywhere and involved in everything. This month’s Be501 Young Professional is just that person and after this interview, we have decided we need to bottle up her energy and sell it. Please meet Kandi N. Hughes, Corporate Attorney at Southwest Power Pool.
Kandi’s office wall is likely full of diplomas and certificates because she has been busy. She completed her undergraduate work at Duke University obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Studies, Certification in Health Policy (we failed to ask her how many basketball games she attended while there). She then came back home to complete her Juris Doctor at the University of Arkansas, William H. Bowen School of Law. Kandi went on to obtain her Masters of Business Administration at UCA and is currently working on her Masters of Law in Energy, and National Resources from the University of Oklahoma.
Kandi has served as Board Member of the Arkansas Foodbank, and currently serves as a Board Member on the Leadership Foundation for Women, The Oscar Washington, Jr. Scholarship Fund, The Pearls Foundation of Central Arkansas, and Tendaji Community Development Corporation. In addition to her non-profit work, she is also currently the Vice Chair of the Central Arkansas Water Board of Commissioners and previously served on the Little Rock School District Community Advisory Board.
Anyone tired yet? Kandi also somehow finds enough hours in her day to work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., serving her second term as President of the Chi Eta Omega Alumni Chapter, American Heart Association as its Go Red for Women Annual Luncheon Program Committee Chairman, serving on the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Board, a parent volunteer with Girl Scouts of America, Diamond Arkansas, multiple positions with the Junior League of Little Rock, Leadership Greater Little Rock Alumni, City Year’s Red Jacket Ball Committee, Saint Mark Baptist Church Personnel Committee, and at Williams Traditional Magnet School as a parent volunteer.
We are not the first to think Kandi is pretty great! Last year, the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus recognized her with the Irma Hunter Brown Women’s Leadership Honoree. She is also a graduate of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Leadership Academy, Leadership Greater Little Rock – Class XXXI, and has been recognized in Arkansas Business’ 200 and 250 in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
To say that Kandi has a love for her community is an understatement! The 501 is incredibly lucky to have someone so dedicated to pushing our community to the next level.