The GWB Commission is the leading event planning brand within the West African community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. With Abtracts Events being our parent company, we too strive for excellence and sophistication. Our goal is to bring to the West African community new experiences, quality events, and long lasting memories. As West Africans ourselves, we know the West African community best in event planning. We specialize in marketing, promotion, and concept development with our key audience in mind. From elegant balls, such as The Green. White. & Blue. Ball to fun and exciting cocktail mixers, we do it all.

Meet The Commission

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Mariama Jalloh-Heyward

Mariama Jalloh-Heyward

Position

Mariama Jalloh-Heyward’s love of Sierra Leone was developed early by her parents who encouraged her to embrace her culture. This allowed her to identify herself not as an American, but as a Sierra Leonean born in the United States. Ms. Jalloh-Heyward is known in the Sierra Leone community as the founder of the annual independence gala The Green White & Blue Ball™. She is a Director in the Advisory Group at KPMG, where she works with Fortune 500 companies advising her clients on business integration and financial models. Graduating from Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance she began to work at KPMG shortly thereafter and has been with the firm for 16 years. A mother of three little boys, Alieu-11, Amir-10 and Nasir-8, she deems her children as her greatest accomplishment yet.

Sarran Lan Jabbie

Sarran Lan Jabbie

Position

Sarran Lan Jabbie currently serves as co-chair of the GWB Commission and oversees its branding and marketing efforts. Ms. Jabbie is also the CEO/Founder of BrandKultured. A boutique branding and marketing firm focusing on helping international brands tell their stories through the power of storytelling and culture/lifestyle driven marketing. Pursuing a specialized certification in Business Foundation from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Sarran hopes to assist The GWB Commission and other African entrepreneurs in becoming tangible competitors in the global market.

Mohamed Jalloh

John Borthwick

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