We introduced readers to the 2019 class of the DBT 40 in our Oct. 15 issue. But we also wanted to catch up with a few past honorees. If you previously were a DBT 40 recipient, please let us know what you’re up to.
2016: Owner of Jimmy’s Seaside Fries
On Oct. 1, 2017, I survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas and it altered my course for sure. I came home and realized that I wanted to help people and find the light in a time that felt dark. So I started a website and blog, The Loved Life, about living with love and being holistically well in mind, body and soul. I am proud to say it has been named Reader’s Choice in Delaware for best local blog for two years in a row! I am a certified personal trainer, accredited life coach and I volunteer with both the Trauma Survivor’s Foundation, where I serve on the board, and Everytown for Gun Safety, where I am a Survivor Fellow who shares their story statewide at different events. My life has changed, a lot, but in a lot of good ways and for that, I am grateful!
Maj. Tribhuwan Singh
2015: State Training Sites Manager for Delaware Army National Guard
I am currently deployed to Southwest Asia with the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion as the Executive Officer. In May 2019, I completed my master of science in management with a concentration in public administration at Wilmington University and promoted to the rank of major. I will be stationed in Southwest Asia until sometime in the second half of 2020.
2016: Finance Director/COO for Sussex County Government
I continue to enjoy working at Sussex County and strengthening the county’s financial foundation that was started when I was appointed in 2013. Since my award three years ago, I’ve enhanced the county’s budget document to earn our first Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada in 2018. In 2019, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the County’s bond rating to the highest score possible, AAA. Moody’s cited our strong financial management as one of the reasons for the upgrade.
2016: Coordinator for Service and Experiential Learning/UD College of Health Sciences and Co-Founder and CEO of Lori’s Hands
I’m now pursuing my Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University, where my dissertation focuses on assessing the impact of structural racial discrimination on older adult health. My experiences at the UD College of Health Sciences and with Lori’s Hands led to my interest in working to address the root causes of inequities in older adult health.
2016: Communications Lead, Corporate Communications at IBM
I have been promoted to director of communications for IBM Research, responsible for driving external and internal communications globally, supporting key research focus areas, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing, security, health care, physical sciences and industry applications. I lead a team of talented professionals with the goal of driving enterprise stories and news-making moments that impact the IBM brand. My team was selected for the PR Daily Media Relations 2019 Campaign of the Year and the PRSA Bronze Anvil Media Relations B2B 2019 Campaign of the Year for our work on the annual IBM 5 in 5 Campaign.
Dr. Daniel Young
2014: Assistant Professor in the Doctoral of Business Administration Program and Entrepreneurial Marketing Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University and UD
I have moved on to become the director of the Doctoral Program in Business at Goldey-Beacom College. I am also the organizer of TEDxGoldeyBeacomCollege and co-organizer of TEDxDover and TEDxHarlem.
Temeka Easter Rice
2015: Director, Social Media for Sallie Mae
I’m still passionate about causes that support women and children. I serve as the Finance Committee Chairwoman for the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay and also on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. I’m also excited to be on the steering committee for the 2020 Women on Boards – Wilmington. This national campaign has a goal to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.
2016: Social Media Specialist for Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
I’ve opened my own business, INCdellini. It is a social media/marketing company with a focus in writing and community building. I was recently featured in NewMarketWilm, and am the online voice of the Wilmington Love campaign for the City of Wilmington.
2015 as Exclusive Agent/Horace Mann
I am the co-founder of Benson Development Group LLC and managing partner of Prominent Insurance Agency. I recently graduated with his MBA in Organizational Leadership and am enrolled as a Doctor of Business Administration student at Wilmington University. I serve on the Seaford School District Board of Education, and am a member of the Delaware Vision Coalition leadership team, governor-appointed Delaware Board of Cosmetology & Barbering Member, Leadership Delaware Fellow Class of 2013, and former chair of the 39th Democratic District.
2014: Marketing and Communications Specialist at Biggs Museum of American Art
Earlier this year, I began a new job, serving as the Southern Delaware Community Liaison for Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. I’m responsible for coordinating community outreach and building/maintaining relationships in Kent and Sussex counties, with the outcome of raising awareness and funds to support identified needs within Nemours Health System. In 2016, I joined the Board of Gals That Give, a monthly girls night out in Kent County that supports a different charity every month.
Eric S. Klinger-Wilensky
2015: Partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
I have been maintaining my Delaware M&A practice by working on major deals and contributing to significant committees and initiatives in the bar, focusing on the “transaction side.” I was lead Delaware counsel to Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPSG) in its 2018 business combination with Keurig Green Mountain Inc. and was actively involved in Chancery litigation surrounding the DPSG transaction. I recently completed my three-year term as chair of the American Bar Association’s 2,600-member strong Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee. (Eric serves as co-editor of this treatise that will be available later this fall.)
2015: President of Innovincent
I have continued to develop and innovate opportunities for young professionals in Delaware. As executive director of Spur Impact, I help coordinate efforts for many impact-centric initiatives, including the annual #MILLSUMMIT, now the second-largest young professionals-focused leadership and professional development conferences in the country. Additionally, I’m also spearheading efforts for Spur Impact’s most ambitious project yet, Delaware Gives Day, a statewide day of giving focused on nonprofits serving Delaware that will be held over 24 hours on March 5-6, 2020.
2014: Education Programs Director for Food Bank of Delaware
I am now strategic initiatives director for the Food Bank of Delaware and have played a critical role in program development and expansion to serve new populations, including a shift in our nutrition education from primarily direct education to policy, systems and environmental changes. I also oversaw the expansion of our workforce development programs into a culinary summer program for disabled youth and a warehousing and logistics training program for adults with barriers to employment.
2014: Director of Development and Communications for Leadership Delaware
I started working for Leadership Delaware in the spring of 2015 under a Longwood Grant to help grow and manage the Development and Communication efforts of the organization, and when that grant was fulfilled, I accepted a role with former State Treasurer Ken Simpler. Not only did I serve as his communications director in the State Treasurer’s office, but I then served as his finance director on his re-election campaign for 2019. I’ve met and connected with so many amazing people along the way and I’m happy to report that I’m currently working for Tapp Networks, a digital marketing firm based in Wilmington.
2016: Founder and CEO of Summer Learning Collaborative
Since DBT 40, I became extremely passionate about collective impact, and transforming the way we finance and approach social change efforts. I had the opportunity to put those thoughts together in a Ted Talk for female entrepreneurs called Yardstick Nation – And What to Do About It. I have co-founded a consulting practice called Social Contract where we work to help communities solve complex social problems. We do this by partnering with community, government and philanthropy to create clarity and consensus on the investments required to move the needle on a specific social issue, in a specific place. We also help incubate and launch that infrastructure. I am so proud to have won a Mandela Reciprocal Exchange grant, to bring our work to Africa this November through a partnership with Seychelles.