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August 2018 Tabor 100 Newsletter


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Announcing New Tabor 100 Board Members
General Meeting Photos courtesy of Flyright Productions

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August 2018 Tabor 100 Newsletter

  1. 1. 1 August 2018 Message from the President Tabor 100 is about to host its 19th Annual Gala. Our organization has been advocating for African-American and other minority business owners since 1998. Keep the evening of Friday, September 14th locked in your calendar and make sure you’re at the Waterfront Marriott at 5:30 p.m. to support the critical work we are doing. The Gala is more than just a chance to get together and socialize. It is a key fundraising and networking opportunity for the organization and our members. We routinely have those who make significant policy decisions daily in our ranks of “guests” as well as panelists. Last year, we featured Governor Inslee, Congressman Adam Smith and City Attorney Pete Holmes in a panel discussion. This year, we will have prominent African-American attorneys, old school and new school, debating and discussing issues of the day. This panel of accomplished legal minds will talk candidly about what they see in a very volatile political and legal environment for minority businesses and minority people in Seattle and the nation at large. In a nod to the youth in our ranks, we will present several young people with scholarships to ensure they are able to pursue higher education. It is our goal to never forget the contributions that education, our educators and our students have made to the betterment of our community and we intend to recognize many in the education arena throughout the night. This year’s Gala is special. We are working very hard to launch the Tabor 100 Economic and Empowerment Center (EEC) which we want to serve as a central “place of prosperity” for the many minority businesses in our region. Much of the funding we take in from our live and silent auctions, dessert dash and general contributions, will go to the EEC effort. By Gala time next year, we will be touting the accomplishments of that Center and want you to be a part of making it successful. We need Gala auction contributions, more sponsors and table captains and volunteers. I urge you to be a part of this incredible event. If you’re interested in helping in any way contact Pearl Leung or me at or I look forward to seeing you on September 14! Department of Enterprise Services 3 ACT-S0 5 Tabor Board 7 Tabor 100 is an association of entrepreneurs and business advocates who are committed to economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. Get the newsletter online and stay connected through social media! “THERE’S POWER IN UNITY”
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  3. 3. 3 The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Successful small businesses led by minorities, women and veterans help make our economy and communities more resilient and improve the quality of life for everyone. The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services oversees state purchasing policy for goods and services, including managing master contracts used by state agencies and local governments. The agency is committed to inclusion and plays a major role in how the state moves forward to include small and diverse businesses in the procurement processes. Introducing three new members of the Enterprise Services team who are helping to lead the agency on its crucial journey of continual improvement, diversity, equity and inclusion. Emily Beck Emily Beck is the Chief Operating Officer at Enterprise Services. She is on the agency’s Corporate Council and serves as a leader and key advisor for several agency assistant directors and their business lines. She joined Enterprise Services in September 2017 as Director of Human Resources. She worked in both HR and business operations in the private sector, supporting operational supply chain field teams as well as corporate HR teams at Target for 11 years. “My passion for the work I do derives from a desire to leave everything better than I found it, to make a positive difference with my time and efforts,” Emily said. “…I am a firm believer that we are all the same, we just have different jobs, none more important than the other, and we are only as successful as the person who had the worst day.” Emily earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Bethel University. She is an avid foodie, and enjoys hiking and exploring the state with her husband and children. Kendrick Stewart Kendrick Stewart joined Enterprise Services in June as Human Resources Director. He serves on the agency’s Corporate Council and leads its Human Resources Team. He has worked for the state for nearly 19 years, with previous leadership roles at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Employment Security Department “A theme going back to when I was a social worker, and every job I’ve had since then, was a focus on individual and team development,” he said. “It’s building rapport and establishing relationships – that’s really the engine that drives the work.” Continued on page 4
  4. 4. 4 The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Continued from page 3 Kendrick earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in Executive Public Administration from the University of Washington. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, dancing and playing basketball. He has two grown children and a 4-year-old grandson. Eci Ameh Eci Ameh began in June as Enterprise Services’ Assistant Director for the Contracts and Procurement Division. Originally from Nigeria, Eci is a proud member of the Idoma Tribe. She is an attorney who has dedicated much of her career to examining the impact of laws, policies and practices on communities of color. Most recently, she served as the Department of Commerce’s Chief Legal Officer. She led Commerce’s Diverse Spend Project, which was designed to collect data on the agency’s pass-through spending with minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses. She has also served as the Statewide Racial Disproportionality Manager for DSHS Children’s Administration, and the Statewide Communications Administrator for DSHS Economic Services Administration. “I’m really passionate about equity in state government,” she said, noting that Enterprise Services plays a critical role in advancing Washington’s equity goals. Eci earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in Law, Society and Justice from the University of Washington. In her free time, she enjoys working on half-finished art projects, cooking Nigerian food and performing with a Polynesian dance group. WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Darling Nava, Darling Nava Consulting David Hackney, Self-Employed
  5. 5. 5 Seattle ACT-SO Students Travel to San Antonio!! By: Kevin C. Washington Now that we’ve got you hooked – we’ll give you a little background and context: What is ACT-SO? -- the NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). It’s a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The national program relies on community volunteers and business leaders to serve as mentors and coaches in promoting academic and artistic excellence among students of African-American decent. By providing an arena where students strive to excel in the sciences, arts and humanities, ACT-SO equips its participants with the skills to live meaningful lives. To participate in ACT-SO you need to be a high school student in grades 9-12, and meet the following criteria: • African-American descent • Enrolled in grades 9-12 • Be a citizen of the United States ACT-SO recruits students annually and conducts annual Academic Olympic competitions in NAACP Branches throughout the country. First place local winners then compete with youth from other cities at the National ACT-SO finals held during the Na- tional Convention. ACT-SO Olympics includes 26 categories of competition across 5 categories: Humanities, Sciences, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Business. Under the able and long-time leadership of Carolyn Riley-Payne, Chair of Seattle King County ACT-SO, another team of Seattle students were preparing to head off to San Antonio, TX for the 2018 Olympics Finals. Though in June, we were informed that it might not have the resources to send all of the students. A number of organizations, including Tabor 100, were notified. We responded and below is part of the memo we received from Riley-Payne: “We simply could not have done it without you. Your donation changed lives. This is an update on the Seattle King County ACT-SO participation at the national competition in San Antonio, Texas July 2018. Your response and support to our urgent need made sure that economics would not keep any child from competing at the national competition. Our Olympian, Jaydon Belford, placed second and won a national silver medal in Classical Vocal. Even though there were no other national medals winners, all of our Olympians represented Seattle King County with excellence and came away with life changing experience. Students at the Witte Museum to see the national exhibit on Juneteenth Courtesy of ACT-SO Seattle Continued on page 6
  6. 6. 6 Seattle ACT-SO Students Travel to San Antonio!! By: Kevin C. Washington Thank you again for supporting the NAACP Seattle King County ACT-SO Program. Your donation made a real difference in the lives of the youth we serve and provided an opportunity that they will never forget…. While Tabor 100 has a business focus, and only operates one education program [Kibibi Monie’s summer education program], the organization manages 5 scholarship programs and is well-represented from Early Learning to Post-Secondary education. Every once in a while, we’re also able to connect with and collaborate with other education programs benefitting African-American and Black youth. The ACT-SO Committee is available to meet with any group or school to discuss their program. Contact: Carolyn Riley-Payne, the ACT-SO Chair, at (206) 324-6600 or They post all upcoming events on their website: Hosted by the San Antonio Spurs organization, and touring their home arena. Courtesy of ACT-SO Seattle Continued from page 5
  7. 7. 7 Meet your new Tabor 100 Board Members Ms. Al-ansi is an educator, consultant, and attorney specializing in racial and social justice policy and development. She has worked to institutionalize racial equity and promote sustainable development in: education, community ownership and wealth, healthcare, criminal justice, public transportation, the workforce, and government (local, state, and federal). She has gained this experience through community organizing and by working with organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus, the Minority and Justice Commission, Teach for America, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Projects, and the City of Seattle. Currently, Ms. Al-ansi is a Strategic Advisor for Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative. She works closely with Equity Leads across the City of Seattle to build a strong City-wide equity framework that supports and upholds racial, workforce, and contracting equity. She is also a board member of the Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA). David Hackney is a Harvard Law graduate with more than 25 years’ experience as an attorney specializing in criminal and employment law. He previously served for 11 years at the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuting violent crimes and complex narcotics cases in federal court. During his tenure at DOJ, he was assigned to train prosecutors and judges in Kosovo, and subsequently spent one year on loan to the United Nations prosecuting war crimes that occurred in the former Yugoslavia. After his government service, Mr. Hackney practiced domestic and international employment law for over 12 years at various corporations in the United States. Mr. Hackney recently co-founded a non-profit organization in Washington DC that built and supports an elementary school in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he has made multiple trips to Uzbekistan to promote criminal justice reform with Uzbek prosecutors and defense attorneys. Mr. Hackney looks forward to using his legal knowledge and advocacy skills on the Tabor 100 board. INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE NEWSLETTER? DROP AN EMAIL TO or OR CALL (425) 882-4800 Ext. 107 Economic Development Chair Government Affairs Chair
  8. 8. 8 THE TABOR 100 BOARD President: Ollie Garrett Vice President: Brian Sims Treasurer: Aundrea Jackson Secretary: Sherlita Kennedy Membership: Vacant Education: Kevin C. Washington Public Affairs: Henry Yates Economic Development: Manal Al-Ansi Government Affairs: David Hackney Fund Development: Abdul Yusuf Business Development: Anthony Burnett TABOR OFFICE 2330 130th Ave. NE #101 Bellevue, WA 98005 425-882-4800 x 107 July GM Photo’s, Newsletter Graphic Design and Editor: Kalea Perry, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT! UPCOMING EVENTS Aug. 25: SMPS Seattle Volunteer Day: Westcrest Park Revitalization with DIRT Corps, 9:45am-2pm, Westcrest Park Aug. 25: Tabor 100 General Meeting, 10am-12pm, Central Area Senior Center Sept. 13: SMPS Seattle: 2018 Kick-Off Party, 4:30pm - 7pm, OpenSquare Sept. 13: Graham Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Event, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Mercer Room Sept. 14: Tabor 100’s 19th Annual Captains of Industry Gala, 5pm –10pm. Waterfront Marriott, Seattle Sept. 20 - Dec. 6: Skanska BOOST (WMBE) Class Series, 4pm-6:30pm, Skanska Building Sept. 24: Exceeding Your EEO Goals, Training, 9am-2:30pm, PSE JATC Sept. 29: Tabor 100 General Meeting, 10am-12pm, Central Area Senior Center COMMITTEE MEETINGS Aug. 25 & Sept. 29: Education Committee meets after the Tabor General Meeting, from 12-2pm at the Central Area Senior Center Combined Library and Computer Room
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