Continental Societies, Inc.

The Lillian Parks Thomas Award is a very special award and is the most prestigious award presented to an outstanding Continental who has demonstrated commitment to the Continental cause on the National and local levels.  This individual must also exemplify the highest standards of character.  This ward is made in even years.  Only one award is given for the entire membership. Nominations for this award may be made by Chapters.  This award was instituted by President Edna M. Calhoun.


2012 Lillian Parks Thomas Award Recipient

W. Chris Stewart, Past National President

Chris StewartChris Stewart is president and chief executive officer of Educational Dimensions, Inc. (EDI), an educational training and consulting firm. With her leadership, EDI has worked with school districts throughout the United States and has provided a range of services to local and federal government agencies, colleges and universities, and corporations and other businesses. As an active member of the educational and training community, Chris provides research-based professional and personal development, curriculum support, leadership development and training, organizational reviews and performance/efficiency studies, business coaching and technical assistance, strategic planning, and program development and implementation. Her expert delivery of services has afforded her the opportunity to serve as a faculty member for the prestigious Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, a world leader in educational training and research.

As an active community leader, Chris has served as president of the D.C. Council for the Social Studies, D.C. Representative to the Middle States Council for the Social Studies, co-chair of Exemplary Programs for the National Council for the Social Studies, and chair of the D. C. Area Writing Project. She is a board member for the D. C. Geographic Alliance (National Geographic Society) and Leadership Prince George’s, and past board member of Leadership Greater Washington.

In Prince George’s County, Chris is recognized and admired as a community leader. She served five years as the chairperson of the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, four years as collaborative planner for the Prince Harlem Renaissance Festival, and member of several Prince George’s County Board of Education search/selection committees for the superintendent of schools. Chris served under the direction of Montgomery County superintendent, Dr. Jerry D. Weast, on the Education Policy Advisory Committee for the State of Maryland and under Kurt Schmoke as member of the Prince George’s County Accountability, Compliance and Integrity Task Force.

As member of the Continental Societies, Chris has served in leadership positions on the local, regional and national levels and is currently the Immediate Past National President. Under her leadership, the Continentals have experienced growth in service to children, membership development, and corporate support with Colgate-Palmolive as the first CSI corporate partner.