Panelists announced for October 10 event featuring women making a difference in Delaware

The latest event in this series will include Doneene Damon, Dr. Velma Scantlebury, and Amira Idris Radović

WHAT: Conversations with Women Making a Difference in Delaware
WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy, Wilmington, DE 19806

WILMINGTON, DE – On October 10 the Delaware Art Museum will host the next event in a series of conversations with women making a difference in Delaware. All are welcome – men as well as women – to an evening that promises to be both fun and inspirational.

Carol Arnott-Robbins, founder of NEWS4Women, will facilitate a panel discussion with Doneene Damon, Dr. Velma Scantlebury, and Amira Idris Radović, followed by a Q&A session. Topics will include career highlights, life stories, and hard-earned wisdom from these three influential women. (See bios below)

The evening will also include a short preview of an upcoming exhibit at the Delaware Art Museum, Posing Beauty in African American Culture, which opens on October 19.

Early-bird tickets are $35 until October 4, when the ticket price will be raised to $40. Tickets will also be sold at the door. All proceeds benefit the Delaware Art Museum. Networking and refreshments are included. Register online at this link.

The event is jointly sponsored by Blue Blaze Associates and NEWS4Women.

This is the last event in this panel series for 2019. Dates for Conversations with Women Making a Difference in Delaware in 2020 will be announced soon.

This series aligns with the Museum’s new strategic direction, which focuses on becoming a more inclusive, relevant community resource. Their goal is to become a space where people can come together on equal terms to engage in cultural and civic discourse. Learn more at


Doneene Keemer Damon is the president of Richards Layton & Finger, Delaware’s largest law firm. She is the first African American woman to be elected president of a major Delaware law firm, and was the first African American to make partner at RLF. Doneene co-chairs the firm’s Business Department and chairs the Corporate Trust and Agency Services Group. Her practice focuses primarily on formation and operational issues relating to Delaware statutory and common law trusts in all types of commercial and business transactions, representing issuers, underwriters, investors, and trustees. In addition, she represents banks and trust companies in connection with their trust and agency services under Delaware and New York law in various commercial transactions, including their roles as trustee, collateral agent, custodian, master servicer, depository agent, and exchange agent.

Doneene is the Current Chair of Christiana Care Health System Board of Directors and is also a Board Member of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. She was recently featured in an article in Super Lawyers and was honored as one of Savoy magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers.

Amira Idris Radović is the CEO & Founder of TheraV, a startup company developing wearable devices for nerve pain. She has a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and design from the University of Delaware, and a bachelor’s degree from UD in biomedical engineering, biomechanical engineering and bioelectrical engineering. Amira was also a full scholarship student-athlete for UD’s Women’s Track and Field Division 1 team and holds the UD record in the long and triple jump.

Amira was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the USA with her family at the age of nine. She developed the TheraV ELIX, a patent pending drug-free wearable device that uses vibration therapy to help amputees manage phantom limb pain. Amira is a proud fellow of VentureWell, Horn Entrepreneurship, Halcyon Incubator, NextFab Accelerator, and the National Science Foundation I-Corps.

Velma P. Scantlebury, M.D., FACS
Dr. Scantlebury is the first African American woman in the field of transplantation surgery. She is Associate Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care Health System, as well as the Director of Outpatient Clinics for kidney transplant services.

She was voted Best Doctor in America and a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine from 2014 to 2018. She also received the National Kidney Foundation’s Gift of Life Award for her work in kidney transplantation and minorities.

Dr. Scantlebury is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Society of Transplantation, the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation. She is a member of the Wilmington Chapter of the Links, Inc. and an Honorary Member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Panel Facilitator:
Carol Arnott-Robbins is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach. She specializes in collaborating with financial planners, attorneys, real estate appraisers, therapists, and other professionals to build a team around the specific needs of each client. Prior to her career in real estate, she spent 25 years providing financial planning and divorce strategy planning services, especially for women at pivotal points in their financial lives. She is the founder of Network to Encourage Women’s Support For Women (NEWS4Women), an initiative to build collaborative community and economic opportunities for women, and to support local nonprofit organizations.

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.