The 41st Annual Minority Achievers Awards & Scholarship Gala pays tribute to the city’s top minority leaders and achievers who have performed outstanding service in their profession and for the community. At this signature fundraising event, local corporations, organizations and educational institutions realize the opportunity to honor talented minority men and women who demonstrate excellence.

Additionally, the annual awards have developed into a showcase of the significant academic talents and successes of “CLD Scholars” — CLD youth participants who have achieved distinction by being awarded scholarships from educational institutions for reaching their intellectual and academic potential. In 2020, college, community and university partners awarded $4.2 million in full and partial scholarships to CLD Alumni.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 in the evening, Online


The Center for Leadership Development is accepting nominations for its 41st Annual Minority Achievers Awards & Scholarship Gala. Set for March 18, 2021 and hosted virtually, the CLD Achievers Awards will salute minority professionals who have accomplished at high levels. Awards will be presented to individuals across various awards categories, including arts and entertainment, business and industry, education, and more. Moreover, two highly distinctive honors, the Accomplished Achievement and the Madame CJ Walker (Outstanding Woman of the Year) awards, will be presented to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of exemplary accomplishment. All nominees will be featured in the program book and honored at our March 18, 2021 event. Nominations must be submitted by end of day, January 18, 2021.



Sponsor this year’s Achievers Awards to support this one-of-a-kind event, and the mission of advancing African American youth to be future professional, business and community leaders.


At our Minority Achievers Awards & Scholarship Gala, we honor our achievers and our scholarship recipients. What’s different this year? For the first time, we are adding a fundraising component to the event to secure the matching 2:1 funds from Lilly Endowment Inc.
Will you, as Watch Party hosts, join us in helping to build our endowment for future generations?



Reserve your spot, or sign up as a Watch Party guest, for this year’s Achievers Awards to receive pertinent information including where to stream the event. All guests must register to receive important information and event updates.