Kudos: 2020 Business Hall of Fame members named; Wellness Challenge honors 7


The Leadership Council of Junior Achievement of Delaware announced  the 2020 inductees to the Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame.

To be honored at a virtual ceremony on Oct. 20 are: William “Bill” Allen, Jr. of ALW Sourcing LLC; Chef Dana Herbert of Desserts by Dana; and Dr. Devona E.G. Williams of Goeins- Williams Associates.

“The Hall of Fame exists to provide successful business role models to the young people Junior Achievement serves. This year we are taking a first step to ensure these role models reflect the diversity of local JA students,” said Rob Eppes, president of Junior Achievement of Delaware

William “Bill” Allen, Jr. is the founder and CEO  of ALW Sourcing LLC, a collections and customer contact solutions business founded in 2006. Allen brings a wealth of knowledge, entrepreneurship, and industry experience to his leadership positions.

Pastry and savory foods  chef Dana Herbert has created a successful business around his love of food while crafting a personal brand following  wins on TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker and Rachel Ray’s Celebrity Cake-off.

Devona Williams founded Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc. (GWA) in 1986 to help organizations achieve greater productivity in strategic work environments.

Allen is also a frequent speaker on business, diversity, leadership, motivation, and success.

Hall of Fame Brand Partners include Artesian Water, Assurance Media, Bank of America, CSC, Capital One, Delaware Business Times, Delmarva Power, GFP Cement Contractors LLC, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, M&T Bank, MySherpa, and Sun East Federal Credit Union.

To register and for sponsorship opportunities, visit www.jadelaware.org/events.

In 2019, Calvert A. Morgan, Jr, Sam and Mariah Calagione, and Thomas H. Draper joined the Hall of Fame. Other recent inductees include Mike Bowman, Bob Perkins, Terry Strine, Ernie Dianastasis, Rob Siegfried, Ellen Kullman, Al Fasnacht, Fred Sears and Paul McConnell.

Founded in 1990, The Delaware Business Leaders Hall of Fame honors business and community leaders whose work has had a positive impact on Workforce and Economic Development in the region.  Originally a partnership with Hagley Museum & Library with a focus on inducting historical laureates, the Hall of Fame features current and recent leaders whose influence is known and felt by their contemporaries.

Seven Wellness challenge winners honored

The 2020 Lt. Governor’s Wellness Leadership Challenge has announced seven recipients in four categories for this year’s awards, Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long announced Thursday. 

Lt. Governor Hall-Long launched the Challenge in 2018 as part of her mission to make Delaware a stronger and healthier state. The Challenge is an opportunity for Delawareans to be drivers of change in their own neighborhoods, workplaces, community groups and schools by addressing the policies and systems that create equitable health opportunities for all –  and in doing so, encourage fellow Delawareans to take steps toward healthier living.

The winning submissions came from individuals, organizations and institutions across Delaware who made a commitment to enacting better health and wellness for their communities, ultimately helping to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity of the State of Delaware.

“The Lt. Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for Delawareans to make their family, neighborhood, workplace, community or school healthier and stronger,” said Hall-Long, who is also a nurse and professor. “Our health involves so much more than just access to medical care. This year’s winners have come up with outstanding ideas to make individuals and communities physically and emotionally healthier in many different ways.”

The 2020 Winners
The seven honorees are:

  • The Delaware Department of Correction – for its initiative to improve staff emotional well-being
  • Polytech School District – for its young adult tobacco prevention and vaping awareness education programs in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of Health & Social Services, American Lung Association and Delaware State Police
  • Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy – for policy recommendations addressing the availability of healthy food
  • Khayree Bee – for mindfulness strategies for schools in the Colonial School District
  • Christiana Care Project Connect – for a partnership between a health system and the Delaware state QuitLine
  • Compassionate Schools Team from Academia Antonia Alonso – for providing guidance and direction when dealing with behaviors and trauma of students
  • Delaware Health and Social Services – for a policy to promote an overall healthy lifestyle for DHSS employees
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