Alumni Diversity Award
Recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated a commitment to the college’s goal of being a diverse and mutually supportive community that provides a climate of sensitivity, open-mindedness, and respect.
2017 Award Recipient: Karla Wallace Trotman '98 Business Logistics
Karla Trotman is the executive vice president of Electro Soft, Incorporated, an electronics contract manufacturing and engineering firm started by her father 30 years ago. Like many children of family-owned businesses, Trotman initially refused to join the family business, and instead she made a career of her own. She served as a leader in distribution and supply chain logistics for Gap, then Metrologic Instruments, then IKEA Wholesale Inc. While pregnant and working at IKEA, Trotman started a successful online business selling products for pre- and postnatal women. Over the next eight years the business grew quickly with both an international and celebrity clientele. Trotman was featured on: NBC 10 News, People Magazine’s Celebrity Baby Blog, CBSNews.com, Huffington Post Live, several radio shows, as well as in books and countless blogs. Her experience in corporate America and as an entrepreneur inspired her to shift focus to her family’s business. Understanding the opportunity to establish a legacy, she joined Electro Soft in 2009. Trotman served as a keynote speaker for the Smeal Multicultural Women’s Forum and at the Powerful Women Paving the Way Conference for Women in Business. She has also worked tirelessly with the Women of Smeal committee to be a resource for women in the workplace. Trotman has shared her insights and wisdom about being an entrepreneur in a quickly changing market, hosting events and webinars for the Smeal alumni community to help guide them as they navigate their career paths. Trotman is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as Jack and Jill of America, Inc., where she is an executive board member. She also sits on the board for both the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project and Drexel Executive MBA Alumni Association. As a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Trotman volunteers as the servant leader of children’s Genesis program. She resides in Wyncote, PA with her husband Thane, their two sons Dylan and Bryce.