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Dr. John MooreDr. John G. Moore, Sr., Vice President, Resource Development, United Way of Delaware

Rev. John Moore, Sr. is native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2005 he retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of honorable service to his nation. He currently serves as the Vice President, Resource Development and Strategic Partnerships for the United Way of Delaware. He is also the Executive Director for the Delaware Youth Leadership Academy and since January 2000 has served as the Youth Pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, Delaware. In June 2013 he completed his coursework for a Doctorate Degree in Biblical Studies from the Friends International Christian University through the Calvary Bible Institute in Dover, DE.  In August 2007 he was recognized by Delaware Governor Ruth Anne Minner and eight state agencies as the recipient of the John H. Mathis Trailblazer Award for his sustained commitment to promote unity and cultural understanding. He has spoken in many schools, colleges, churches, and organizational gatherings locally and throughout the nation as well as in Germany, Japan, and Korea.  His Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. presentation “Echoes of a Prophet” has been instrumental in keeping the dream of Dr. King vibrantly alive in the hearts of audiences of all diverse backgrounds for more than twenty years. On August 26, 2011 he was selected to recite “I Have A Dream” at a private dedication held by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Washington D.C. for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial that was attended by over 7500 guest to include Elder Bernice King (daughter of Dr. King), Martin Luther King III (Dr. King’s son), Christine King Farris (Dr. King’s sister), Andrew Young, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Myrlie Evers Williams, Rev. Joseph Lowery and many other giants of the Civil Rights Movement. Rev. Moore was awarded the 2012 Delaware State Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights Award for his life work in advancing the cause of human and civil rights in Delaware. Past winners include the Honorable Herman Holloway, Sr., Penrose Hollins, Louis L. Redding, Rev. Maurice Moyer, Littleton Mitchell and Reuben Salters. Rev. Moore resides in Magnolia, Delaware with his wife of twenty-seven years, Candace Alphonso Moore and two sons, John Jr. and Collin. His motto in life is, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.”

Ron WhitakerMr. Ronald W. Whitaker, II, MS, Ed, MBA, NAAAHR Delaware Board Advisor 

Ronald W. Whitaker, II is an Ivy League educated academician, business strategist, and committed educator.  Professionally, Mr. Whitaker is currently the Program Coordinator for Montgomery County Community College Trio programs, and a committee member for the National Association of Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education.  Past professional accomplishments include: (1) adjunct teaching for Princeton University’s social emotional program, (2) spearheading a diversity initiative for student athletes at the University of Delaware, (3) working on two research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, and (4) four years as director at Urban Family Council, which was a non-profit organization that provided educational services to schools and organizations in the Pennsylvania Tri-State area. Educationally, Mr. Whitaker is pursuing his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.  He also earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Eastern University.   In addition, he earned undergraduate degrees in Leadership and Biblical Studies from Geneva College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Known as a mentor and role model, Mr. Whitaker is committed to providing premier leadership in an educational milieu.  He endeavors to motivate and facilitate change with a blend of boldness and humility. 

S. Renee S. Renee Smith, Image Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Author

When rumors began to fly about the failing marriage of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Ok! Magazine called S. Renee to assess the impact on Katie’s self-esteem. When television personality and celebrity Rachael Ray signed an endorsement deal with Dunkin’ Donuts, Marketing Daily sought S. Renee’s expertise in personal branding and brand management. And when syndicated columnist Mildred Culp (Workwise) needed to quote a branding expert, again, S. Renee’s phone rang. (Some television appearances include: NBC (The 10! Show), CBS (Speak Up!), CN8 (Your Morning) and (Art Fennell Show). A thought-provoking and insightful leader in the areas of personal, professional and spiritual development. S. Renee is the author of There Is More Inside and The Bridge to Your Brand: Likability, Marketability, Credibility. Reaching national and international audiences, her popularity has continuously grown serving over 50 clients across seven industries, with 95% as repeat clients. Highly intuitive and engaging, S. Renee has been called “a leading authority on personal branding.” She shared the stage with CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies and with other national leaders. Her business savvy and vision for steady growth has led to a partnership with BCT Partners, a multi-million dollar firm whose CEO is Randal Pinkett, the season four winner of The Apprentice. She attended Delaware State University and graduated cum laude in only three years. Delaware Today Magazine has named S. Renee as an Influential Woman in Business (December 2011); as one of Delaware’s Black Leaders (February 2010); and as one of  Delaware’s 40 under 40 to watch (April 2002). In 2006, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity. S. Renee is also a proud 2010 Leadership Delaware graduate. She is a member of United Way of Delaware Women’s Leadership Council, Delaware’s Community Impact Fund Review Panel and Delaware Community Foundation Kent County Advisory Board—Delaware’s largest philanthropic organization. During her free time you’ll find her on the golf course, near the ocean, or sharing with family and friends.

Kent SteevesMr. Kent Steeves, Business Leader, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. 

Kent is the leader for a rapidly growing business that is focused in the semiconductor and microelectronics manufacturing markets.  Most of his career has been focused on developing new businesses working from a market discipline of Product Leadership.  Kent has nearly 30 years experience in developing individuals, teams, and business with the last 20 years focused on doing so in many international markets outside the USA; particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific.  Kent has particular strengths in business strategy development and the effective development of Human Systems whereby individuals and teams can maximize their potential to contribute to business and personal success. Kent holds an MBA from the University of Delaware and an B.S. degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University.  He resides in Newark, Delaware with his wife who works for USA Swimming.  Kent’s two daughters have both graduated from college and are now ‘in the working world’; one is a Nurse and the other is working in logistics and planning. Outside Gore, Kent enjoys photography and beer home brewing. Kent has been very involved with the diversity and human systems work in Gore.  The last several years, Kent has been focusing on a process of continual learning about human systems and diversity and how to more effectively implement and demonstrate the business value of diversity initiatives. As a business leader, Kent has been implementing key human systems initiatives within his business and sharing the process and outcomes with other leaders within Gore in order to influence further integration of the value of diversity initiatives in business plans.

Ken face shotMr. Ken Anderson, Director, Entrepreneurial & Small Business Support, State of Delaware; Executive Department, Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO)

Mr. Ken Anderson is currently the Director, Entrepreneurial and Small Business Support for the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), an Executive Management Office of Governor Jack Markell, responsible for entrepreneurialism and small business support for the State of Delaware. In that capacity, Ken is the central point for entrepreneurism and small business support for Delaware. Since January 2012, Ken has also served as the Chair of the Governor’s Supplier Diversity Council, charged with implementation of the Governor’s initiatives centered on support for small businesses, including minority, women and veteran owned businesses in State procurements. Additionally, Ken is the Program Director for Delaware’s Kauffman FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training, which features a New and Growth Venture program. In 2012, Kauffman FastTrac selected Delaware to be one of six locations across the nation to launch its New Venture program exclusively for Veterans. Ken was designated as the Lead Facilitator for that program which graduated 22 Veterans in August of 2012. Ken launched and has served as Chair of the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Business Conferences, the Delaware Small Business Summit for Minority and Women Owned Businesses, and the Base Realignment and Closure or BRAC Conferences. Ken also manages the Delaware Emerging Technology Center (DE ETC), a virtual incubator for Delaware entrepreneurs, innovators and small businesses which sponsors various programs including the ETC Boot Camp and Business Plan Competitions, the ETC Secrets of Success Seminars, and Downtown Delaware initiatives such as the four day eCommerce training and a number of other entrepreneurially related programs.

Michelle TaylorMs. Michelle A. Taylor, President and CEO, United Way of Delaware

Michelle A. Taylor is President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Delaware (UWD), the state’s largest nonprofit community impact organization.  She is the leader of the organization, establishing a vision for Community Impact that is achieved through the efforts of a diverse team of high-performing leaders, staff and volunteers alike. Ms. Taylor leverages the power of relationships and networks, and works across private, public and corporate sectors to improve conditions in the community. She possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization, and is dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good – creating, resourcing, scaling and leveraging strategies for broad investment and impact. Ms. Taylor is the chief steward of the UWD brand and understands her role in growing and protecting the reputation of United Way, and builds trust in United Way and its relevance in the community. She values networking and strives to leverage United Way’s breadth of community presence, relationships, and strategy. Ms. Taylor assumed her role in January 2008 after serving four years as UWD’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Ms. Taylor joined UWD in 2000 as Director of Finance & Administration, later served as Vice President of Operations, and during a six-month leadership transition in 2003, was acting president of the organization.  As President and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Taylor has executive responsibility for all aspects of UWD’s administration and operations, including strategic planning, fundraising, community and agency relations, marketing, community impact and engagement, finance, human resources, public policy, and board administration.  Ms. Taylor is UWD’s primary representative in the community and provides leadership throughout Delaware on a wide range of social service issues central to United   Way’s mission.  She reports to the Chair and the Board of Directors of UWD.

Rosa ColonMrs. Rosa M. Colon-Kolacko, Ph.D., MBA, CDM, Senior Vice President, Systems Learning, Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Director, Christiana Care Health Systems

Reporting to Robert J. Laskowski, MD, President and CEO, Rosa is responsible for planning, organizing and directing Learning, Talent, Leadership, Coaching and Organization Development strategies to enable the achievement of Christiana Care’s mission and “Focus on Excellence” goals.  As a member of the System Leadership Committee and President’s Cabinet, Rosa is responsible for assessing the system-wide strategic Learning and Talent needs and working with all levels of management to design and implement actions to improve organizational performance. She is also responsible for strategic Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency, Equity and Language Services, as well as the development and implementation of the Christiana Care’s Learning Institute which promotes learning and collaboration across the system. The System Learning mission is to foster a culture of learning and inclusion, providing growth and development opportunities to our colleagues in order to enable organization transformation so that we can provide the best culturally competent care to our patients and community.  Dr. Colon-Kolacko has more than 20 years experience in Organizational Development, Change Management, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Diversity, Succession Planning, and Learning and Development in global pharmaceutical businesses in a variety of roles in Puerto Rico, Europe, Asia and North America for SmithKline Beecham (now Glaxo SmithKline).  Before joining Christiana Care, Rosa was the Director, Change Management & Learning for Global Supply Chain Operations at Bristol Myers-Squibb. Dr. Colon-Kolacko holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change from Benedictine University, an MBA from Brunel University in England, a post-graduate Marketing Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, London, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Columbia College, and a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University. She has a Certificate in Diversity Management (CDM) from the AHA Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management. She is an active researcher and Professor of Professional Practice at Bowling Green State University, and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University.

Terrence DickensonMr. Terrence Dickenson, Enterprise Diversity Team, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

Terrence is a results-oriented Human Resource professional with 22 years of proven performance capabilities in Diversity, Staffing/Recruiting, People Development, and Strategy Design within start-ups, private, and Fortune 500 organizations. Through his experiences, Terrence has been able to take complex situations, and uniquely integrate simple solutions to achieve and deliver optimal results. He has been viewed by some of his colleagues and peers as a goal-oriented, solution driven professional, valued for his ability to integrate diverse personalities and inputs to achieve and deliver solutions. Over the last seven years, Terrence has been an associate on the Human Resource Team at W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.  For most of that time, his primary commitment focused on providing full life-cycle staffing and recruiting expertise across four divisions within the U.S. Region. In a complement to this role, Terrence also worked closely with the Enterprise Diversity Team, where he developed and implemented a diversity sourcing strategy in partnership with the recruiting team.  Today he focuses full-time on diversity efforts, which includes, but is not limited to the following: guiding and supporting affinity networks, facilitating diversity awareness sessions, and driving related strategic initiatives throughout the U.S. region. He is an active member of Gore’s Eastern Diversity Council, the African American Business Network Core Team, and the New Hire orientation team. Terrence received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in Corporate Communication from Castleton State College in Vermont. He has a Certificate from National Foundation of Teaching Entrepreneurs (NFTE), a Professional Certificate in Training and Employee Development from the University of Delaware, and a Training Certificate from the American Society of Training and Development. In addition, he has been trained in and has administered Behavioral Based Interviewing Techniques (Development Dimensions International – DDI), and has been Six Sigma Certified as a Green Belt. Terrence has been married for 22 years to his wife Monique, and has two daughters, La-Chelle and Dominique.

erika-broadwaterMs. Erika Broadwater, CPC, President, NAAAHR Delaware; Executive Director, Talent Management Team; Talent Acquisition Manager, Nixon Medical

Erika Broadwater has over 18 years of professional Recruitment Management and Talent Acquisition experience and 6 years as of Career Performance Coaching, Leadership Development Consultation, and Motivational Speaking. She is an energetic, results-driven strategic partner focusing her coaching style and sourcing techniques in the areas of Corporate and Executive Recruitment, Talent Acquisition, Employee Development, Networking, and Diversity Initiatives. Erika has worked in the private and public sector throughout her professional career; including IBM, JP Morgan, Accenture, AstraZeneca, VWR International, CBI Group, and DuPont. Her expertise in employee development and training has expanded into career coaching for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed, in job transition or endeavoring entrepreneurial ventures. For more than six years, Erika has been managing Talent Management Team Career Coaching and Leadership Development along with her business partner Terrence Dickenson. Among several awards, certifications and recognitions, Erika has been included in the 2010/2011 Global Directory of Who’s Who Among Professionals; was appointed in 2011 the Chair of President/CEO for the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR 2012 inception); and will release her first published book titled “I’m Not Divorced, He Is!” Outside of business, Erika enjoys reading, shopping, and spending time with her friends and family. She has held the Office of President for the PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) for two terms and a PTF Representative for a total of 10 years at Red Lion Christian Academy. Erika also serves in the Women’s Ministry for more than 9 years, coordinating 11 retreats and conferences for non-profit organizations. Erika received her BS Degree in Business Management at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Above all, Erika is a dedicated mother to her children, Tre and Mayah.