Dr. Daisy M. Brooks
A proud product of Natchez, Mississippi, Dr. Daisy Brooks has broken glass ceilings and kicked down doors for women and women of color for decades.
Her sincere desire to please the Lord and education have been the leading catalyst for Dr. Daisy Brooks’ great success her educational accomplishments include: 1995 General Contractor’s License; Honorary Doctorate of Literature, 1998, Doctorate of Laws, 1995; Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1995; Doctorate of Education, 1994, Faith Grant College, Birmingham, Alabama; Master of Science in Community Service, 1986, Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, California; Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Development, 1984, Pacific Western University, Los Angeles, California; L.P.N. 1957, National Institute for Practical Nursing, Chicago, Illinois; High School Graduate from Sadie B. Thompson High School, Natchez, Mississippi.
From 1989 to present she has served as President/CEO of Daisy’s Resource & Development Center, 1979 to present she has functioned as Executive Director to Daisy’s Nursery; from 1974 – 1994, Dr. Brooks served as Executive of Tots & Toddlers Day Care Center (all of which were begun with her late husband, Dr. Wadell Brooks, Sr.). In 1969, Dr. Daisy Brooks became the Chief Medical Technologist at Physicians Surgeons Laboratory, Waukegan, Illinois; from 1959 – 1969, she was employed as Medical Technologist, Victory Memorial Hospital, Waukegan, Illinois. Dr. Daisy Brooks community affiliations include but are not limited to: Past & Present member American Technology Society, Past Matron, Emblem Chapter #140 O.E.S., Past treasurer Golden Circle #59, Shawall Court Daughter of Isis Court #4, Past President of Rotary Anns, Harbor Lites Chapter of the Links Inc., Life Member NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Lambda Nu Omega Chapter; Member of Mt. Sinai Institutional Baptist Church – Christian Board of Education and Nurses Guild; Board Member of Day Care Crisis Council State of Illinois; Vice President Great Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Area; Vocational Center Advisory Committee, International Organization of Women Executives.
In 1998, Dr. Brooks had the esteemed pleasure of being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for her syndicated talk show, the ever popular “Oprah Winfrey Show”.
Dr. Daisy Brooks has received numerous awards and commendations, a few of which include: Lake County Most Influential African American award; We Do Care Organization award; YWCA Leadership award for Services in Business; Lake County Urban League Black Business Person of the Year; Illinois Girl Scout Council, Women of Achievement award; Christian Fellowship Church Humanitarian award; Top Ladies of Distinction Humanitarian award; The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge for Free and Accepted Masons; State of Illinois Citizens of the Year Award. Paul Harris Fellow Humanitarian Award sponsored by Rotary International, 2003; OMNI Life Model Award, 1999.
In 2010 President Barack Obama presented Dr. Daisy Brooks with the President’s Citizen’s Award which is the second highest award presented by the president of the United States.