Harlem YMCA Celebrates Black Achievers in Industry at 42nd Annual Awards Ceremony

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    March 15, 2012 04:01 UTC

    Harlem YMCA Celebrates Black Achievers in Industry at 42nd Annual
    Awards Ceremony

    Honorees and Speakers Include: Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO
    of Harlem Children?s Zone, Inc.; NBC News Anchor and Reporter DeMarco
    Morgan; and Renowned Actor and Author Hill Harper

    NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Today, the Harlem
    YMCA
    is proud to host the 42nd Annual National Salute to Black
    Achievers in Industry Awards Ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis
    Hotel. Hundreds of community and business leaders will join the Harlem
    YMCA to honor the achievements of black professionals. Since 1971, this
    annual event has paid national tribute to the corporate leadership and
    community service of black achievers in industry and continues to serve
    as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations
    to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships, and other
    opportunities. These collective efforts fuel a future-leader incubator
    for the youth and teens of the Harlem community.

    ?Black Achievers in Industry is a vital program that encompasses youth
    mentoring programs, college scholarships, a historically black college
    tour, corporate internships and year-long community outreach,? says
    Tiffeny Forrest, Executive Director of the Harlem
    YMCA
    . ?This annual gala affords all of our community stakeholders
    with the opportunity to come together to celebrate their accomplishments
    and inspire the next generation of leaders.?

    This year?s event honorees include: Leo B. Marsh Award recipient
    Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem
    Children?s Zone, Inc.
    , and AT&T Director of Public Affairs Ed
    Bergstraesser, who will be accepting the Deloitte Corporate Community
    Award on behalf of AT&T.
    This year?s gala will be keynoted by Hill Harper, author and renowned
    film, television and stage actor (best known for his portrayal of Dr.
    Sheldon Hawkes
    on the CBS
    drama CSI:
    NY
    ); Demarco Morgan, television news anchor and reporter for NBC-4
    (NY); will serve as the evening?s emcee. Colgate-Palmolive
    Company is proud to be the corporate chair of this year?s celebration.

    Fellow corporate participants at this year?s event comprise a veritable
    who?s who from the worlds of academia, consumer products, entertainment,
    fashion, and finance, including: Avis, AVON, BNY Mellon, Citi, The
    Coca-Cola Company, Columbia University, Con Edison, Deloitte,
    The?Disney/ABC?Television Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Macy?s Foundation,
    Marsh & McLennan Companies, MTV Networks, Polo Ralph Lauren, Unilever,
    and Time Warner Cable, among many others. Previous years? galas have
    attracted the likes of Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Star Jones, Al Roker,
    and Tipper Gore, making this a major date on NYC?s social calendars.

    ?As a longstanding supporter of the Harlem YMCA, Colgate-Palmolive is
    honored to serve as this year?s corporate sponsor,? said Eugene Kelly,
    Worldwide Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate-Palmolive
    Company. ?We admire the outstanding work of this fine organization and
    its impact on fostering youth leadership. We look forward to continuing
    to support the Harlem YMCA and all they do to inspire the leaders of
    tomorrow.?

    Mentoring, Scholarship, and Professional Development Programs
    Extend bai Offering

    In 1995, the Black Achievers in Industry (bai) initiative launched the
    Corporate Scholarship Program to provide direct support to motivated
    African-American New York City high school students, in pursuit of
    higher learning. To date, the Corporate Scholarship Program has awarded
    367 scholarships, equating to?more than $1 million in funds to
    supplement their educational costs. Thanks to the program?s corporate
    partners, a goal has been established to award more than 50 individual
    $2,500 scholarships in 2012.

    The bai Mentor program connects motivated New York City teens with
    acknowledged?successful professional adults to realize the full
    potential of young people through a variety of academic?and social
    resources and experiences. bai Alumni are linked with mentees based on
    mentee?s career goal and mentor?s area of?expertise, as well as their
    common hobbies/personal interests.?Mentors and mentees?develop their own
    schedule of educational, social, and recreational activities, based on
    their?mutual schedules, and participate in a host of YMCA events during
    the school year.

    In 2005 the Harlem Y partnered with Citi?s Community Relations and
    Global Workforce Diversity to create the bai Leadership Summit, a
    professional development program for current year bai honorees and bai
    alumni. Citi is the sole sponsor of this initiative, which focuses on
    professional development and also fosters networking opportunities among
    bai honorees.

    ?Citi is proud to partner with the Harlem YMCA on this incredibly worthy
    program and applauds the recognition it affords leaders on their journey
    from ambition to achievement,? says Ana Duarte McCarthy, Chief Diversity
    Officer at Citi. ?Citi?s relationship with Black Achievers in Industry
    dates back to its inception in 1971. Bai is a wonderful initiative that
    honors individuals who are not only leaders in their respective
    professions but also are making a positive impact in the community.?

    About the YMCA of Greater New York

    The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to
    building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults,
    families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy
    living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every
    youth and teen, improves New York City?s health and well-being and
    provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of
    neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes
    accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000
    New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit ymcanyc.org.

    Contacts

    YMCA of Greater New York
    Ellen Murphy, 212-630-9699
    emurphy@ymcanyc.org

    Source: YMCA of Greater New York