“No man left behind” is a saying that has dual meaning for Tariq Shane. It not only holds meaning to him as a military veteran of the US Army, but it is a philosophy he practices in his civilian life. Mr. Shane was a Captain in the United States Army and served his country for six years. As a Gulf War Veteran, Mr. Shane saw how important teamwork and a strong support network were to survival. He realized how we needed to help each other to survive and prosper and that it is each individual’s responsibility to help. So it’s no surprise that after graduating from Virginia State University, a Historically Black College and University, cum lade with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and serving his country, Mr. Shane felt that it was his responsibility to help. As Mr. Shane was entering the workforce, he noticed that several of his fellow classmates were having trouble finding a job and he knew something needed to be done.

After speaking with career counselors at the schools of successful alumni and corporate partners, Mr. Shane decided to not do the traditional career fair route, but to do something more impactful and life-changing. In 2001, Mr. Shane created The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Career Development Marketplace (CDM) to create a one-of-a-kind experience for HBCU students and simultaneously give back to the community that gave him his early foundation and sense of dedication. Mr. Shane is committed to providing these highly qualified students visibility with major corporations that they may not receive at their school.

Meet the Board

Nicole Wormley

Nicole Wormley is a Talent Acquisition Leader with over 15 years of experience. She has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results and developing high performing teams.

Currently, Nicole is the Director of Talent/Employment Brand and University Recruitment (UR). She has responsibility for creating a strategy that attracts, converts, and hires a diverse early career talent pipeline globally. The UR program is designed to create Operations, STEM, Human Resource and General Management leaders across the organization. She most recently assumed responsibility for advancing Danaher’s brand, candidate value proposition and subsequent social attraction strategy in the external marketplace.

Nicole takes great pride in being a people leader, coach and mentor. Over the course of her career she’s been fortunate to have been coached and mentored by great leaders and she feels privileged to do the same for the next generation of future leaders.

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Greg Sabbat

Greg Sabbat is a Consultative Sales Professional with over 25 years of experience.  He has worked for several companies over the years as a Sales Consultant and as an Insurance Sales Professional.  He has extensive background in business development and creating long lasting solid business relationships.

Over the years, he also owned several small businesses including as a teenager a paper route in NY where he delivered for 3 different newspapers at the same time; a house painting business while in college (1990);  an online products and services company (1998);  a retail distribution channel providing fast speed mobile internet (2009), and a logistic & trucking company (2011).  In 2013, Greg founded Sabinco Services LLC, a marketing company that provides printing & branding services, and consult small businesses on streamlining their budget and expenses.  He is currently operating Sabinco Services LLC along being an Independent Insurance Broker.

Greg resides in Ellicott City, MD with his wife Tina and 3 kids.  He is originally from Port-Au-Prince Haiti, and spent his teenage years in Queens, NY.  He is a graduate of University of Maryland College Park with a degree in Marketing.

Greg loves coaching and playing basketball.  He is very involved in his community and his church.

Greg’s motto is “Do the job right the first time so you can move on to your next task”.

Abraham Wescott

Abraham Wescott has worked for the city of Akron for 31 years. He supervises and directs  professional Development staff in the coordination and implementation of development activities.  His job duties also includes working with senior staff to formulate  and establish goals for the city’s  annual work program.  Plans and directs the implementation of complex economic development and redevelopment projects.  Last his responsibilities involve the recruitment of new businesses, assist in arranging financing for businesses and directs the preparation of government grant applications to fund economic development. He serves as a principal source of information on community and economic development matters within the community, state and federal levels.

Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University and a Masters degree from the University of Akron. He is married to Dr Angela Graves-Wescott, a Tennessee State University grad,  and they have three children , Alex, Nina, and Ryleigh.


Angela has spent more than 20 years in higher education mentoring, teaching, and serving at-promise students. She is the Program Coordinator of a learning community at a higher education institution where she focuses on providing unique and supportive experiences for students who are seeking to maximize their academic achievement. Angela received a Master of Science in Management with a specialization in Project Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Studies, minoring in Business from the University of Maryland’s Global Campus. Her passion for education and servant leadership is what motivates her to connect with the nonprofit education sector and HBCU student’s in particular. Angela has a strong sense of devotion for education equity and opportunity, and her mission is to see that all students are given the resources and opportunities that align with their goals to set them on their paths to success. When she is not advocating for students she enjoys songwriting and music performance.