PAST GALA SUCCESS



Year

Honoree


2015

Annette Bening, Humanitarian Award recipient, Oscar Nominee and Golden Globe Award-winning Actress, Philanthropist

Russell Simmons, Visionary Award recipient, Chairman and CEO, Rush Communications, Entrepreneur & Entertainment Mogul, Philanthropist

Douglas McNeely, Community Leadership Award recipient, Managing Director, BlackRock Investments, Philanthropist

Presenter: Thomas Bransford, Senior Vice-President, National Urban Technology Center

Presenter: Kathy Bransford Zukerman, Managing Director, BTIG, Inc., Founding Board Member of National Urban Technology Center

Presenter: David Rosenberg, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Unifund Group

Presenter: Christopher J. Williams, CEO and Founder of the Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC.

Presenter: Cameron McNeely, Daughter of Douglas McNeely


2014

Christopher J. Williams, CEO and Founder of the Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC.

Kimberly B. Davis, Managing Director, Teneo Strategy

Dr. Stephen M. Coan, Ph.D., President & CEO, Sea Research Foundation, Inc.

Hill Harper, Award-winning Actor and Founder, Manifest Destiny Foundation

Presenter: Billie Jean King

Presenter: Louis Gossett, Jr., Oscar and Emmy Winning Actor; Founder, Eracism Foundation


2013

Valentino Carlotti, Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Judy A. Smith, Founder & President, Smith & Co., Inspiration for ABC’s Scandal

Dr. Marva Gumbs-Picou, Assistant Principal, Manhattan Alternative Learning Center at  Wadleigh

Presenter: Dr. Ramón González, Principal, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

Presenter: Star Jones, Emmy-nominated TV host, attorney, and best-selling author

Presenter: Christopher J. Williams, CEO and Founder of the Williams Capital Group, L.P. and Williams Capital Management, LLC.


2012

Dr. Reatha Clark King, Former President and Board Chair, General Mills Foundation

Mr. Maurice DuBois, Award-winning Journalist and News Anchor, WCBS-TV

Mr. Blair Underwood, Actor, Director, Author, Philanthropist

Presenter: Dan Gasby, Chairman, B. Smith Enterprises Ltd.

Presenter: Jessica Isaacs, Managing Director and Global Head, Small and Medium Enterprises, Marsh

Presenter: Nicole Ari Parker, Actor and Founder, Sophie’s Voice Foundation


2011

Ms. Jessica Isaacs, Managing Director / Global Head, Small and Medium Enterprises, Marsh

John Starks, NY Knicks Legend and Founder/President, John Starks Foundation

Ramón González, Principal, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology

Presenter: Carla A. Harris, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Presenter: Christopher J. Williams, Chairman and CEO, The Williams Capital Group

Presenter: The Honorable Dennis M. Walcott, Chancellor, NYC Department of Education


2010

The Honorable Ambassador Carl Spielvogel

Ms. Patti LaBelle, Entertainer; Author; Philanthropist

Presenter: Paul E. Steiger, Award-winning Journalist; Editor-at-large, The Wall Street Journal/ Editor-in-chief, ProPublica

Presenter: The Honorable Lewis W. Sullivan, Chairman, Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative; Former Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services; President emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine

Presenter: Earl ”The Pearl” Monroe, NBA Hall-of-Fame/Philanthropist


2009

Pfizer, Inc.

Hugh B. Price, Former President, National Urban League; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

Presenter: The Honorable Thomas Daschle

Special Guest: John Starks, NBA All Star/Philanthropist


2008

Wachovia Corporation

Stephen C. Byrd, Producer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Investment Banker

Dr. Mehmet Oz, world-renowned heart surgeon/author/educator

Presenter: Michelle Paige Paterson


2007

Verizon Foundation

William Lewis, Jr., Managing Director, Lazard Feres & Co/Philanthropist

Carol Sutton Lewis, Attorney/Philanthropist

Presenter: The Honorable Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Presenter: The Honorable Senator Evan E. Bayh

Presenter: The Honorable David N. Dinkins, Former NYC Mayor


2006

Dr. Carol Nacy, President & CEO, Sequelia Inc

The Honorable Alphonso Jackson, Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mya, Motown Recording Artist/Philanthropist,

Presenter: Hugh B. Price, Former President, National Urban League; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

Special Guest: Actor/Comedian, Richard Kind


2005

Bruce E. Mosler, President/CEO, Cushman & Wakefield

Presenter: The Honorable Dennis Walcott, Deputy Mayor, City of New York