3 PRESIDENT S MESSAGE Dear Friends: Welcome to the Metro New York Chapter of the National Black MBA Association s 24th Annual Scholarships & Achievement Awards Gala, themed. Tonight we proudly recognize outstanding leaders in community service, community activism, business, entrepreneurship and the arts who during very challenging times in our country continue to demonstrate the theme. We are also thrilled to once again have the opportunity to give scholarships to young people who are working hard to complete their education. As I begin my second year as President of the Metro NY Chapter, I look forward to the continued challenge of creating, along with some of the most brilliant and dynamic people I have ever had the pleasure of working with, an organization that can continue to deepen our mission - to lead in the creation of economic and intellectual wealth for the Metro New York African-American Community We would like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate partners and our volunteers for their continued commitment to this organization. We look forward to deepening our relationship with you in order to continue to achieve our mutual goals. We would like you to relax, enjoy the evening, and network! Michelle McCleary, M.B.A. President Metro NY Chapter National Black MBA Association
4 PROGRAM Bartenera Cocktail Hour Featuring Live Performance by the IET Band Welcome Welcoming Remarks Michelle McCleary, President Invocation Michele Knox Dinner Served Presentation of Scholarships and Achievement Awards Award Scholarships Social Entrepreneurship Community Service Community Service/Activism Corporate Executive Of the Year Trailblazer Award MBA of the Year President s Award Presented by Chantale Pierre-Louis Janneh K. Wright Tyrone Scott Michele Knox George Sainteus Neil Caesar Michelle McCleary Michelle McCleary Keynote Address L. Londell McMillan, Esq. Closing Remarks Ena Renee Networking & Dance Party Featuring the IET Band Safe Travels Home
6 Metro New York Chapter National Black MBA Association 2014 Officers & Board of Directors Officers Michelle McCleary Michele Knox Janneh K. Wright Anthony Angalade Neil D. Caesar President Vice President of Administration Vice President of Operations Treasurer Vice President of Communications Directors Andrew Hamilton Chantale Pierre-Louis Chris Jarvis Christina Crichlow Ena Renee George Sainteus Jannie Pilgrim Melodye Harvey Tiffany Duncan Tyrone Scott Employment Student Relations & Scholarships Creative Public Relations Gala and Fundraising Corporate Relations Mentoring Dir. of Information/Webmaster Cultural Affairs L.O.T./C.A.S.H. Program
8 2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS RECIPIENT EDUCATION LEVEL SCHOOL TYPE Latoya Bethune Undergrad Hunter College C.A.S.H. Briana Fugate Undergrad Spelman C.A.S.H. University Shantel Deleon Undergrad Baruch College NBMBAA Monique Marshall Undergrad Baruch Collge NBMBAA Ariel Williams Grad - MBA Columbia NBMBAA University Idowu Odedosu Graduate Columbia NBMBAA University Kelly Garnes-Pages Grad MBA Columbia NBMBAA University Jazmyn Fuller Undergrad Baruch College Patrick Span Scholarship 2014 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS RECIPIENTS Corporate Executive of the Year ERIKA IRISH BROWN SVP, Diversity & Inclusion at Bank of America Social Entrepreneur of the Year STEVE LAROSILERE Founder & President, Stoked Community Service Award STEPHEN POWELL Executive Director, Mentoring USA Community Service Award HON. GEOFFREY DAVIS Community Activist, Lecturer, Counselor & Humanitarian President's Award L. LONDELL MCMILLAN, ESQ. Chairman of The NorthStar Group, Publisher-The Source & Jones Magazine
9 ERICKA IRISH BROWN Metro NY NBMBAA 24th Annual Scholarship and Achievement Awards CORPORATE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Erika Irish Brown, Senior Vice President, is Bank of America s Enterprise Executive and Diversity Recruiting Executive. She is responsible for managing the Bank s external executive search activities and relationships globally, enhancing the Bank s employment brand in diverse communities and recruiting, on-boarding and developing diverse talent and senior executives firm-wide. Erika s background includes over 15 years of investment banking and capital markets experience in both the public and private sectors at organizations including Morgan Stanley, the U.S. Treasury, and Lehman Brothers. Prior to joining Bank of America in 2009, Erika served as Senior Vice President and Head of Diversity Lateral Recruiting at Lehman Brothers where she established a strategic, diversity branding, coaching, recruiting and retention initiative for experienced hires firm-wide. Erika received her MBA from Columbia Business School and holds a BS in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany. She is Vice- Chairman and Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, the Nation s first community development corporation, Director and Leadership Institute Advisory Board Member of the Council of Urban Professionals, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Jack and Jill of America and served on the Obama-Biden Treasury Transition Team. Erika was honored by the Toigo Foundation in 2011, recognized as one of the Network Journal s 25 Influential Black Women in Business in 2013 and a National Council on Research for Women Trailblazer in Erika resides in Teaneck, NJ with her husband Frank and their 3 sons, Frank III, Evan, and Bradford.
10 SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR STEVE LAROSILERE Steve Larosiliere is the Founder and President of STOKED, a youth development agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles that uses a combination of action sports (snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing), mentoring, and after-school programs to empower teens to be successful leaders in their community. Since 2005 STOKED has served over 3500 youth and has a 100% high school graduation rate. Through STOKED, Steve s work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, Esquire, ESPN, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, NY Times, Nylon Magazine, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business. STOKED was voted to the charity of the Week by Time Out NY and was voted to the NY 100 (100 most innovative businesses in NY). In 2010 Steve was honored as a Hometown Hero in New York and given the Mentoring Award for his work with New York City youth and was recently given the Cricket Wireless Community Impact award.
11 STEPHEN POWELL ) COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD Stephen Powell is the executive director of Mentoring USA, based in New York City, and leads its program expansion and technical assistance efforts across the globe. Prior to joining Mentoring USA, Stephen worked in program development and management for local, national and international non-profits: Family and Child Services of Washington, DC, VSA arts/kennedy Center, the Anthony Bowen YMCA, Youth for Understanding, the Metropolitan DC Police Boys and Girls Club, STEP AFRIKA, and the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF). Stephen is an advisory board member of the NYC Young Men s Initiative (YMI), serves on the Board of Directors for Harlem SERVES, is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and leads a Soros Open Society Foundation Campaign for Black Male Achievement sponsored male mentor recruitment initiative entitled MEN-TOUR: Recruit. Reclaim. Restore, which has provided him with the platform to train and recruit hundreds of men from the faith-community and corporate America to serve as mentors. Powell s commentary on leadership, organizational strategy and mentoring can be found in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, the Costco Connection and other leading national publications. He has been honored by numerous organizations, including GQ Magazine/Movado and the White House as a Champion of Change Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stephen is a product of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management program at Columbia University's Graduate Business School; Howard University; and the East Orange, NJ public school system. He resides in Montclair, NJ with his wife, Marlaina, and two daughters, Sinclair Adina and Simone Alexandra.
12 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD HON. GEOFFREY A. DAVIS On September 9, 2014, Geoffrey was elected the New York State Democratic Committeeman (District Leader) of the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, NY. He is a Community Activist, Lecturer, Counselor & Humanitarian. Geoffrey also cofounded the Love Yourself Stop The Violence organization and as a result of his brother, James E. Davis assassination inside New York City Hall on July 23, 2003, re named in his honor, Geoffrey and his mom, Thelma Davis founded the James E. Davis Stop Violence Foundation (JEDSVF). JEDSVF has provided GED, Computer Training, Counseling to victims of violence, Family support service, James E. Davis Multicultural Museum of Peace and mediation to the tensions in the community. Geoffrey is a single parent of three children, Fatema, Devinare & Jalani as well as a grandfather of three, Fatea, Kareema & Brian. While employed as Program Director at Medgar Evers College, Geoffrey assisted with the creation of one of the first programs in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn named, Progressive Youth Empowerment (PYE), assisting thousands of youth providing Educational, Athletics and Art programs. Geoffrey has organized many events geared towards community empowerment including; The Annual James E. Davis Multi Cultural Peace Breakfast/Memorial and The Annual Love Yourself Stop the Violence Walk/Concert. Geoffrey attended The College of Staten Island, City University of New York receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree, attended Long Island University Graduate School receiving his Masters of Science Degree and is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctrine in Humanities from Anointed by God Ministries Alliance and Seminary for recognition of his life experience. Geoffrey A. Davis is a firm believer that one can achieve any goal that he/she sets his/her mind to. He believes that faith in God, self love, determination and a strong sense of character can change the world.
13 PRESIDENT S AWARD L. LONDELL MCMILLAN, ESQ. An internationally recognized attorney, publisher and artist advocate, Mr. McMillan is recognized as one of the most influential leaders of his generation. He is a partner at the law firm of Meister Seelig & Fein LLP. Mr. McMillan is also an entrepreneur and Executive Publisher of the re-focused Source Magazine (thesource.com) and the recently launched Jones Magazine (jonesmagazine.com) (a leading fashion, beauty and travel shopping guide for women). Mr. McMillan specializes in the law of business and commercial transactions, litigation, communications, entertainment, intellectual property, and government affairs. Regarded as an international expert, Mr. McMillan s elite client list includes legendary artists, professional sports clients, authors, legislators, executives and businesses in the communications, media, entertainment, and real estate industries. Over the years, he has represented icons such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, L.L. Cool J, Spike Lee, and many others. Mr. McMillan has also represented corporate clients such as The Discovery Channel, Time Warner, Screenvision, Radio One, TIAA-CREF and Mercedes Benz. Prior to joining Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Mr. McMillan was a partner and cohead of the Media and Entertainment Global Industry Sector Group at the international law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf. Mr. McMillan was also the founder and Chairman of The McMillan Firm, which became one of the largest minority-owned law firms in New York State. Before launching The McMillan Firm, Mr. McMillan worked with the law firms of Gold, Farrell & Marks and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P. He also worked with Athletes and Artists, Inc. as a sports agent, while attending college and law school. Mr. McMillan is one of the co-owners and investors in the New Jersey Nets NBA basketball team and Brooklyn s Atlantic Yards development project. An advocate of civil and artists rights, Mr. McMillan is General Counsel for the NAACP, Brooklyn Branch, as well as General Counsel and founder of the Artist Empowerment Coalition (AEC), a non-profit coalition of artists, musicians, performers, songwriters, educators and civic advocates, organized to use the gift and creation of music, art and culture to educate children, revitalize the community, as well as promote changes in the relationships between artists and companies that exploit their creative works.
15 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS The Gala and Fundraising Committee would like to acknowledge and send special thanks the following people for making this year's 24rd Annual Scholarship and Achievement Awards Gala a success. The Metro New York Chapter of the NBMBAA Bartenura Moscato The IET Band The Manhattan Penthouse The Gala Committee Volunteers Special Thanks To All Our 2014 Corporate Partners And Supporters Capital One Bank Of America Columbia University The Northstar Group Moodys SiriusXM Diageo The Network Journal AND YOU!!
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