Irving D. Bell
Irving D. Bell is a Product/Segment Manager at Axalta Coating Systems (formerly the Dupont Performance Coatings Business). Irving has more than 36 years of experience in coatings with the Dupont, with assignments covering Manufacturing, Sales and Product Management. His career started as a Project Engineer in the Fabrics and Finishes Products (F&FP) facility in Moberly, MO, after which he took a positions in Sales.
Initially as a Sales Engineer in Los Angeles, CA and later as an Account Manager based in the San Francisco, CA area. Irving helped increase sales revenue and market shares in California, and the greater Northwest including Alaska and Rocky Mountain regions, where he established long-standing and profitable partnerships with some key Petroleum industry leaders including ARCO, Chevron and Total Petroleum. His ability to establish and develop four distributorships also contributed to the success of the regional territories.
Irving joined the Product Management group in 1995, becoming responsible for the Commercial Fleet Segment and Nason Production Shop businesses. He also lead a significant portion of the product developments for the Commercial Finishes Segments, O.E.M. Body Builders and Bus and Aftermarket Fleet. Most recently, Irving has made significant contributions to the Refinish Business unit, where he leads the Product team responsible for developing and introducing numerous, innovative products across the DupontTM (Cromax®), Nason®, Spies Hecker® and Standox® branded lines which provide continuous growth and ROI to the organization.
Irving received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Recognizing the importance of higher education, Irving volunteers with the Wilmington, DE YMCA “Black Achiever” program which is focused on providing college-readiness guidance to junior high and high school students. Irving also established a Book Award Fund for recipients who demonstrate perseverance and a commitment to succeed, working to their full potential.
Irving is married, with one son, and is now a proud “G-Pop” to a granddaughter, his and his wife’s first grandchild.
Naweh E Diggs
Naweh E Diggs holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Anthropology from Towson University. This recent Ivy League graduate was one of the first recipients of the Liberian Awards Scholarship and brings to 2013 Liberian Awards planning an intimate understanding of the organization as she directs the scholarship application process, coordinates entertainment, and manages event logistics. Compassionate and caring, Naweh has assisted in multiple global humanitarian efforts including fundraising for Haitian earthquake survivors, for a Cameroonian school, for Liberian youths, and for “The Lazarus Effect” to fight AIDS in Africa. Naweh has experience in strategic planning, event planning, youth outreach and mentoring, and budget management. In addition to her love for nonprofit administration, Naweh enjoys the performing arts. She is a previous recipient of the Duke Ellington and the Golden Voice Awards.
Kletos Fotibu is a Consultant at Duke Energy, where he manages 25,000 servers impacting several states. In his previous positions, Kletos has served Fortune 500 companies as a Network and Technical Engineer in his roles at Nortel Networks and Bladelogic. He is an Information Technology Specialist who has not only singlehandedly taught himself for multiple reputable certification examinations, but has also tested and become certified in MCITP, CCNA, MCP, CNA, CCP, Linux, and PictureTel CVE. Humbly, his proudest accomplishment is being a father. Kletos enjoys Bible studies, photography, reading, and running.
Dr. Anthony Barclay
Dr. Anthony Barclay, Senior Advisor at World Bank, has contributed to the promotion of strategic engagements of African countries with the World Bank Africa Group in the areas of economic growth and poverty reduction. Having decades of experience with reputable international agencies, Dr. Barclay has served the continent of Africa through his work on several development-oriented issues. Formerly a United Nations Development Program (UNDP/Liberia) Consultant and Staff (Economic Specialist), a Program Officer at the African Capacity Building Foundation headquartered in Zimbabwe and a Poverty Alleviation Advisor at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Dr. Barclay’s past work has extended beyond West Africa into Ethiopia, Namibia, Lesotho, and Kenya. He holds a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin. Dr. Barclay is also a 2011 Liberian Awards honoree.
Carolyn Harraway-Smith, MD, FACOG, DABFM
Dr. Harraway-Smith is currently a partner at the Center for Women’s Healthcare in
Greensboro, NC. She is dually board certified in Family Medicine residency and Obstetrics and Gynecology. After completing a FP residency and practicing for one year, Dr. Harraway-Smith went on to complete an obstetrics and gynecology residency and maintains her board certification in both specialties. She was OB/GYN faculty and fellowship director for the Family Medicine Obstetrics fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis for seven years and is currently faculty to interns, residents, medical, Physician assistant and midwife students at Cone Women’s hospital in Greensboro. Dr.Harraway-Smith initially completed a Family Medicine residency at The Medical College of Virginia in Richmond followed by an Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at The Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She has been active in hospital leadership and has served as the chairperson for the department of OB/GYN at St. Francis hospital in Memphis, TN and was on the board of that same hospital prior to relocating to Greensboro. She specializes in minimally invasive GYN inpatient and outpatient surgery. As one of the first in her family to graduate from college and go on to obtain a graduate degree Dr. Harraway-Smith is a major advocate for students at all levels. She has served as mentor to countless numbers of students of various stages of their career.
Samantha Divine Jallah
Shaped by the atrocities of a brutal civil war, Samantha overcame many obstacles in escaping to America and beginning a determined journey to make something of her life. She completed high school with honors and matriculated into college at age fifteen. In less than four years, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree with honors while also holding down many diverse jobs and serving numerous organizations. The founder of Liberian Awards, Inc., a nonprofit organization that mentors college students and recognizes immigrants excelling in the Diaspora, Samantha has over a decade of work experience in business. Her real life experience in overcoming obstacles has led her to become an overcomer in all areas of her life. For her, obstacles and challenges are nothing to be feared, rather they are to be embraced, studied, and attacked with all the wisdom, skill, and passion she has developed during a lifetime of overcoming.
Samantha has managed over forty direct reports and multimillion dollar budgets, assisted in capacity building, established employee development plans, and received recognition for her community development efforts. Samantha is passionate about education, mentoring, and community development. She has served communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland through organizations including YMCA, YWCA, Federal Home Loan Bank, Rotary International, Delaware’s Bankers Association, Montgomery County Youth Ross Program, and Lincoln University. Samantha holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and is married with two children.