Linda Sowell recently bid farewell to our fair city after 11 years. She’s headed to Baltimore, Maryland. Sowell was the Director of Diversity at Gilbane Building Company, one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the construction and real estate industry.
As the Director of Diversity at Gilbane Building Company,Sowell oversaw company-wide diversity initiatives and was responsible for developing and implementing diversity initiatives, including community and industry outreach. In her position, Linda was instrumental in bringing people of color into the trades.
Linda came to Milwaukee from Atlanta, where she was raised. She fell in love with Milwaukee and Milwaukee fell in love with her.
Upon her arrival here, she became the Public Relations Director for Potawatomi Bingo. I-Witness liked her from our first meeting. She has a very strong and caring spirit.
Linda served on the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board and was also active on the MATC Foundation Board of Directors. She volunteered with numerous organizations in our community. She was a giver and believed in serving her community.
Garfield 502 hosted an intimate going away party for her where many turned out to wish her well in her new endeavor.
Judge Valerie Hill, Ken Little, Katrina Bass, Shay Collie, Michelle Allison, Rocky Coe, June Perry, Lakisha Davis, Robert Davis, Erica Mitchell, Mac Weddle, Ahmad Landrum from Kenosha, Ed Hartsfield, Sharon Robinson, Redonna Rogers and Lamar Franklin came to give their hugs.
WMCS1290 radio personality Ernie Gee wouldn’t allow sadness. He rocked us with all her favorite songs.
“I have appreciated every moment of time I have spent with each of you,” Sowell told well-wishers. “You are truly special to me. I honor you, and the space of life’s path that we have shared.
“The years we have spent at Potawatomi, going to the Urban League Black and White Balls, working with children and volunteering. They were all precious moments for me. I thank all of you for being a part of my life and we will never say good-bye.”
The one little thing that Sowell didn’t share is that not only is she going to Baltimore to work for the Gilbane Building Company on a federal level, but she has also met a new boo named Jeffery Graves. The two of them will be married in Atlanta in September. Okay girlfriends. Linda is keeping hope alive, Holla!
Hey Linda, you know I am going to miss that smiling face of yours. I know many of the guys are glad you are gone, now maybe they can win a golf game. Holla! You know, I wish you well in all your hopes and dreams. I will miss you my Sista. Love Ya!
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