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Samantha’s role at GSK is to support and drive the employee resource groups to develop, grow and align with the business’ strategies. Prior to this role, Samantha has been an active member of GSK’s African American Alliance ERG for 20+ years, including as a chapter lead for 3 years, where she sought to grow and develop herself and ERG colleagues, raising awareness and knowledge of tools and resources available. Samantha developed a training program entitled ‘Development Matters’ for AAA members and embedded a quarterly learning series allowing ethnic minority staff to take control of their development. She has also set up a partnership with an outreach group, the African American Cultural Festival, aiming to share non-promotional material for the education of the African American and Latino communities regarding nutrition, diabetes, lupus and the importance of diversity in clinical trials. Externally, Samantha is president of the Black Alumni Association at North Carolina State University which recently provided partial scholarships to six African American graduate and undergraduate students and, she serves as a professional mentor to students of colour. Recently, Samantha was appointed to NCSU’s Chancellor’s African American Community Advisory Council, Responsible for advising on matters to promote mutually beneficial university and African American community relationships. She is a former co-chair of the Alumni Mentoring Program.  She is also on the board of directors for the Junior League of Raleigh; building a greater emphasis on D&I into the organisation.

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