Board of Director’s Spotlight

I am always pleased to hear about the Accomplishments of my Board Members and Delaware Chapter Members. It gives me great pleasure to announce the phenomenal accomplishments of several of my Board Members who have served this Chapter for more than four years. Here are some honorable mentions they have received.

naaahr-delaware-awardI am proud to say that the Delaware Chapter of NAAAHR has received the “Most Represented Chapter” award given by the National Board of Directors at the 2016 National Conference in Atlanta. It was truly a pleasant surprise. The Delaware Chapter Board of Directors deserves of tremendous round of applauds and encouragement to continue the progressive work being done in the DE Community.



Every once in a while, I am left without words. It was truly an honor being nominated for the “Ron Shane HR Lifetime Achievement Award” during the 2016 Delaware SHRM Conference. Being nominated by peers and colleagues is humbling. However, meeting Mr. Shane in person was phenomenal as one of the first members of NAAAHR Cincinnati chapter.  Thank you  to Delaware SHRM and Mr. Ron Shane.



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Dr. Cenina B. Saxton, Ed.D, PHR successfully defended her dissertation on November 11, 2014 from The University of Georgia. The title of Dr. Saxton’s study was: Organizational Lifecycle In Non-Profit Board Start-Up Organizations. Dr. Saxton’s advisor and dissertation chair shared the following:

“It was a pleasure serving as your Advisor and Dissertation Chair and will always be proud of your accomplishment. Your work is very important and provides a roadmap for scholars and practitioners who are interested in NGO startups and in the success factors and challenges that face leadership boards in that context. Your dissertation should not only be the culmination of your hard work but also the start of a research journey into new discoveries. Congratulations again and I look forward to hearing your news Dr. Saxton.”

Khalil M. Dirani
Assistant Professor & EHRD Program Chair
Texas A&M University
Academy of HRD Board Member

RWWIIDr. Ronald W. Whitaker, II, Ed.D, M.S.Ed, MBA has successfully defended his dissertation of ProDEL Cohort 1 on July 11, 2014 from Duquesne University. Dr. Whitaker’s topic was: A Decentralized Approach to Confront the Debasement of Black Male Student Athletes Who Attend PWI’s. As stated by one of the Committee Members:

“Dr. Whitaker is a hard working individual who possesses a keen mind with an insatiable desire for knowledge with a genuine scholastic attitude. He is a natural leader and a gifted educator.”

Adriel A. Hilton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College Student Personnel &
Director, College Student Personnel Program
Western Carolina University

Lisa and GovernorOn October 22, 2013 Miss Lisa R. Murray was honored with the 2013 Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Award at Dover Downs.  More than 400 people attended the event in which 25 other individuals, groups and corporations were saluted/honored for making a difference in their communities.

Lisa is a member of NAAAHR Delaware where she serves as the CFO; Board Advisors for Howard High School Academy of Finance; and Virtuous Women Live where she is the Executive Admin.   She is a 2008 YMCA Black Adult Achiever, and still volunteers to help the youth teens of the program.  A Team WSFS member, DE SHRM member, Girls & Boys club and many other volunteer opportunities that occur in the community.

On behalf of the NAAAHR Delaware Chapter, it’s Board of Directors, Diversity Council, and Members, we would like to congratulate Dr. Whitaker and Lisa Murray on such a prestigious accomplishments.

Partner Spotlight

 WL GoreW.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Enterprise Diversity Team

Hello Exchange Guest and Corporate Partners:

As an Associate of W.L. Gore, and co-developer of the Diversity Exchange Forum, I would like to thank you for making time to attend these ongoing events.  As we go through our day-to-day activities, decisions are made based on ease, obligation, and sometimes financial constraints. While all may be valid data points for decisions, the one that is often overlooked is Value.  In other words, asking the question; what value will be gained, from the investment that is made?  Today, you have made a great investment, one  that will result in expanding your knowledge base in the area of Diversity and Inclusion.

As you know, Diversity and Inclusion is not a destination, but it is a journey.  One that may appear to start within an organization, but in reality, truly begins with you.  It is through your time investment, your financial commitment, and your willingness to be self reflective that makes the journey exciting and meaningful.  This will result in, passion and engagement for the work being done, in Diversity and Inclusion.

It is our goal that at every Diversity Exchange Forum, we create an environment that provides collaborative dialogue, engaging speakers, and rich learning experiences for all that attend.  We have found that this strategy makes for an excellent forum, but more importantly, it provides you with “inner-value” that can be shared broadly:  In the workplace, in the community, in your home, in others. This is what it is all about!

Again, thank you for your multi-faceted investment.  It is my hope that you gained a little more than what you came with, and that you will share your learning’s while on your Diversity and Inclusion journey.

Sincerest regards,

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