October 25, 2019 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. | The Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Hotel, New York City

On Friday, October 25, 2019, The Network Journal, New York’s leading Black professional and small-business magazine, will once again present its annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards at the New York Crowne Plaza Hotel. TNJ’s40 Under Forty Achievement Awards is one of New York City’s most prestigious events. For the 22nd consecutive year, this evening event has been recognizing the most outstanding young African-Americans who are reaching for higher goals in their careers while remaining committed to their community’s development.

This year’s 40 deserving candidates were chosen from hundreds of nominations from the ranks of professionals and entrepreneurs. The Network Journal cherishes its role in recognizing up-and-coming African-American men and women who show promise and commitment in their careers, and as a facilitator to showcase the talents of these professionals to our vast network of corporate affiliations. “This is an evening not to be forgotten,” says TNJ Publisher Aziz Gueye Adetimirin. “Please plan to be our guest.”

2019 TNJ: 40 Under Forty Awards Honorees

Agyemang_Badu, Alice

Alice Agyemang-Badu Senior Partner

New York Life
Akpe, Andidiong

Andidiong Akpe North America Campaign Manager

IBM Security
Alhambra, Nina

Nina-Lee Alhambra J.D. Owner/Founder

NEMA Consulting
Anjorin, Rahman

Rahman Anjorin Player Manager

National Football League Players Association
Ayorinde, Esther

Esther Ayorinde Growth Strategy Leader

Africa, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Bennett, Esther

Denise Bennett Director, Content Partnerships

The Hatchery Team Headshots

Andre Bierzynski Innovation & Product Development Director


Kristen Blandon Vice President, Head of Marketing

Soft Sheen-Carson, L'Oreal USA

Tanya N. Blocker, Esq. Senior Counsel

Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani L.L.P
Champion, Crystal

Crystal Champion Doctor of Physical Therapy

Eminence Physical Therapy and Champions Can! Foundation for Cancer Wellness, Inc.
Coichy, Gary

Gary Coichy Founder, Head of Partnership

POD Digital Media
Freeman, Adrienne Nicole

Adrienne Nicole Freeman CEO/Executive Producer

Adrienne Nicole Productions

Toya Garraway Zone Sales Director

Frito-Lay North America

D. Harrison Green, Esq. Director, Community and Government Affairs

Brooklyn Navy Yard
Green, Marquis

Marquis Green Senior Manager, Head, Segment Marketing, North America

FTSE Russell, London Stock Exchange

Tiffany Hawkins Managing Director

Momentum Advisors

Moses Ike Director, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Blue Shield of California

Jenny Jackson Associate Director of Reimbursement

Humacyte Inc.

Tanisha James, Esq. Partner

Cooley LLP

Janina M. Jeff Ph.D. Senior Bioinformatics Scientist & Podcaster

Illumina, Inc. & In Those Genes Podcast
Westside Studio, Beverly Hills, California – Portraits, Headshots.

Jaelyn Edwards Judelson, Esq. Counsel

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Wayne Lambert Deputy Director

The Mayor's Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises
Loper,J Renay

J. Renay Loper Vice President, Program Innovation

Moana Luu

MoAna Luu Chief Content & Creative Officer


JaMar S. Mancano, Esq. Associate

Venable LLP

Arabia Mollette MD Emergency Physician

Mollette Medical PLLC
Narain, Garin

Garin Narain Senior. Vice President of Public Relations

Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena
Reason, Antonia

Antonia Reason Superintendent

Department of Juvenile Services
Robotham, Suezette Y

Suezette Yasmin Robotham Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager

Sabbat, Winnie

Winnie Sabbat Finance Director

Red Antler
Smith, Tiffany J

Tiffany J. Smith, Esq. Partner

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
St. Aude, Alana

Alana St. Aude Director, Assistant General Counsel

Capital One
Shakir Taylor

Shakir Taylor Senior Vice President

Citi Private Bank
Thomas, Simone

Simone Thomas Director, Internal Communications

S&P Global
Joshua Udoma portrait. Photo by Andrew Collings.

Joshua Udoma Manager Energy and Utilities Practice

West Monroe partners
Charece Williams-Gee

Charece Williams Gee Head of Basketball, Sports Marketing

PepsiCo Beverages North America
Williams, Renada

Renada M. Williams, Esq. Senior Product Counsel

Axis Capital
Winn, Leviathian

Leviathan Winn Executive Director, Head of Strategy Development

Consumer Bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Woods, Antwon

Antwon D.Woods Ph.D. Department Chairman and Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Sport Management

Belhaven University
Zerubabel, Abiud

Abiud (AZ) Zerubabel Chairman of the Board

Acumen Companies