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Make a Difference in Your Community - Become a SCORE Volunteer

Start Date:9/18/2019

Start Time:2:00 PM EDT

Duration:30 minutes


AARP is proud to be working with the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. We invite you to join us to learn how you can make a difference in your community and in the lives of local small business owners. Register now to learn about the benefits of becoming a SCORE volunteer, and:

  • The different volunteer roles available, based on your interests and skills;
  • The positive effects of SCORE mentoring and training in your community; and,
  • How easy it is to apply and make it work with your schedule

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Karen Williams

District Director

SCORE Washington, DC

Karen A. Williams retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation as the vice president of corporate contracts, pricing & supply chain in 2013 and currently serves as the District Director for the Washington, DC SCORE District. She is also a member of the SCORE Advisory Council and the SCORE Women's Cohort Group. Previously, Ms. Williams was the Chapter Chair of the Washington, DC SCORE Chapter. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. As Northrop Grumman's vice president for contracts, pricing & supply chain, Ms. Williams was responsible for the company’s risk review process and provided companywide policy, direction, training and oversight of contracts and pricing. Ms. Williams served as the principal interface with key government regulators regarding all contract and pricing matters, government regulatory policy and oversight. She also developed and implemented companywide supply chain strategies and key processes, including socio-economic business planning, strategy and compliance relative to its supply chain. Prior to that role, Ms. Williams was vice president and general manager of Defense Technologies Division, a billion dollar division within Northrop Grumman Information Systems that provided end-to-end support systems and services for defense customers. Ms. Williams managed enterprise solutions and business operations in areas such as global command, control and communications; enterprise infrastructure; cyber security and identity management; and business transformation. Earlier, Ms. Williams was vice president of the company’s Air and Missile Defense Systems, a business unit within Defense Technologies Division that provided integrated air, space and missile defense solutions to the Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Army for the national security of the United States and its allies; and she was the vice president of the Mission Support Systems operating unit within the C2 Division. Ms. Williams has significant experience in the development of strategies, plans, tactics, policies, procedures and budgets. She led a sector-wide Six Sigma team to enhance the sector’s profitability. An instructor in Northrop Grumman program management and capture courses, Ms. Williams also was the founding sponsor of Northrop Grumman’s Women in Leadership Program, a program established to promote the professional growth of women professionals, and she served on the company’s Executive Inclusion and Diversity Council. Ms. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in procurement and acquisition management from Kogod School of Business of American University, Washington, D.C. In addition, she completed the TRW Executive Leadership Program and the Northrop Grumman LEAD1NG Executive Development Program. Ms. Williams served on the AFCEA Board of Directors and on the University of Delaware Alumni Board of Directors.

Michael Siegel

Chair/Business Mentor

SCORE Savannah

Michael Siegel has been a SCORE mentor since 2013 and has served as the Chair of the Savannah Chapter of SCORE since October 2017. His successful 40-year career in healthcare executive management and IT included positions with the National Institutes of Health and IBM, owning and managing his own home health care business, and serving as CIO of a nationwide healthcare company with annual revenues of over $1 Billion. During the last five years of his career, Michael owned and operated a successful healthcare consulting firm. He “retired” in 2015 but is busier than ever with his volunteer work and pursuit of becoming a nature photographer. Michael and his wife, Gail, have been happily married for 42 years and have lived in Savannah for 13 years.

Nadiya Merchant

Chairwoman/Business Mentor

SCORE Atlanta

Nadiya Merchant has more than 30 years of experience in the Information Technology industry. Nadiya has a dual MBA from Georgia State University ( in Commercial Diplomacy and Executive Business Leadership) and Sorbonne Graduate Business school ( in Business Organization and Management) from Paris, France. She has a Bachelors degree in computer science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has worked for Cap Gemini America and IBM as a business intelligence Consultant/Trainer respectively. Nadiya has decades of experience in human resource management, training and organizational development in U.S, Canada, and India. Since 1994 Nadiya has worked with various clients and has provided consulting in talent management, recruiting, change management, employee development, business development, contract negotiation, client management, start-up businesses, project management, training, instructional design, internet marketing, e-commerce, website design and public speaking. After 10 years of working in Corporate America, Nadiya has managed to run two very successful businesses: an IT consulting company and a web design firm. Nadiya has served as a Workshop Chair for SBA/SCORE Atlanta. She has volunteered for the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Hands on Atlanta, and the Junior Achievement Program. Currently, Nadiya is a management/business IT consultant, a trainer, and a mediator. She serves at SCORE Atlanta as a Chairwoman and a Business mentor. Nadiya operates with high standards of ethics. She is passionate about nurturing creativity through technology and entrepreneurship. Nadiya has lived both in eastern and western societies and is culturally savvy. Nadiya is a registered civil mediator in the state of Georgia.

Nakia Melecio

Assistant District Director

SCORE Georgia

Nakia is helping researchers with the commercialization of their technology in the following areas of Biotechnology, Energy, Defense, Education, Governments Technology, Aerospace, Military Technology, and investing in technologies sourced from our partner network across Federally Funded Laboratories, Universities, and Corporations. His work consists of working with industry, academia, and government, and with a uniquely deep understanding of the early-stage innovation ecosystem and technology transfer, proven scientific and technical expertise, and decades of operational experience in technology-driven, high-growth companies. He has successfully helped start and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally; in countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Africa. Nakia’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with love for taking a risk, aligning strategy, and executing on their ideas. While helping them navigate product development, selling to Governments, go-to-market strategy, customer discovery, scaling a company, getting capital, growth strategy, overcoming obstacles, entrepreneurship. Nakia is an active member and mentor of the technology community, and a frequent contributor to numerous business organizations like SCORE Association, a resource partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He currently mentors for the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Fed-Tech, StartMe at Emory University, and SBIR-STTR proposal reviewer. He has been intimately involved with many new emerging growth technologies, with the government, Universities, and corporate innovation. He shares in the thought leadership community through speaking at conferences, publishing works, and engaging the community as a business advisor, business mentor, deep tech and deep science mentor, and startup coach. Mr. Melecio has a master’s degree in Education, Teaching, and Learning, and Educational Technology, bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and he also has a Doctor of Psychology, Educational Psychology, Educational Leadership.

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