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
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 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 serves as Event Manager for Abstracts Events and sits on the executive board for the GWB Commission. As a decendent of Sierra Leoneon parents, Mohamed plans to join the returnees in Sierra Leone with their efforts on “Branding Salone” by beginning his own Masonry and Concrete Construction Company.
Nadia Sasso is currently obtaining her Master’s degree from Lehigh University on a full scholarship while serving as a graduate assistant. She is also currently serving as United Nations Youth Delegate as apart of the UN’s DPI-NGO sector. Although born in America, both parents are natives of Sierra Leone and thus enjoys celebrating her culture via working with GWB commission.
Georgetta Nicol, a first generation Sierra Leonean and Guinean American, received her Bachelors in Arts in both Psychology and Sociology from Duke University. Currently, Georgetta is the Digital Marketing Manager at Squire Patton Boggs. This is Georgetta’s second year on the commission and she serves on the marketing and sponsorship committees.
Haja F. Jabbie
Growing up in a household where her mother constantly ruminated on the love of her beautiful country, Haja F. Jabbie has always been proud to identify herself as a Sierra Leonean. She finds herself very fortunate to have been introduced to her culture at a young age as she always looked forward to visiting Sierra Leone during the holidays. One of the ways Haja gives back to the Sierra Leonean community is by staying connected and being a member of the GWB Commission. Her long term goal is to ultimately follow in her mother’s footsteps and someday be a part of the development, with future ventures that will benefit the children of Sierra Leone. Haja holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Management and currently works at Livengrin Foundation as the Vice President of Human Resources. Additionally, she is married to Sheku Jabbie and they have three children – Mohamed, Aminah and Salima.
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