Minority Achievers Awards & Scholarship Gala

March 23, 2017

Sagamore Ballroom, Indiana Convention Center


Since 1979, the Minority Achievers Awards Dinner has allowed Central Indiana business, educational and community leaders to come together and recognize minority professionals who have demonstrated high achievement in life’s work and in providing valuable service to the community.

Additionally, the annual awards dinner has 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 their persistence and diligence in realizing their intellectual and educational potential. In 2016, college, community and university partners awarded nearly $2.7 million in scholarships to 46 CLD participants. Download 2017 Press Release


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Presented by 2017 Title Sponsor


“Gold” Sponsor – $12,500
“Signature” Sponsor – $5,000
“Achiever”Associate – $2,500
“Recognition” Patron – $1,500
Table Purchase – $750 (seating for 10)
Individual Ticket – $75 

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Interested in being a sponsor for the event? Contact Ronald Brown at 317-923-8111 ext. 201


Accomplished Achievement Award:

Brother Roy Smith
Director of Development, Brothers of Holy Cross, Midwest Province








Madame C.J. Walker (Outstanding Woman of the Year) Award:

Thea E. Kelly
Senior Counsel, Dow AgroSciences LLC








The 9th Annual S. Henry Bundles, Jr. Award for Service to the Center for Leadership Development:

Bill West
President, WestReyna LLC








Distinguished CLD Alumni Award:
Center for Leadership Development Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award

Corey (CLD ’94) and Nichole (CLD’93) Wilson
Associate Vice President, Professional Edge Center at the University of Indianapolis and
Executive Director, Sport Medicine, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation with Community Health Network respectively







Awards were also presented to individuals who were nominated for achievement in the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. George H. Rawls, Clinical Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Indiana University School of Medicine

Achievement in Arts & Entertainment:
Schawayna Raie, Singer, Songwriter, Producer & Philanthropist, Schawayna Raie, LLC

Achievement in Business & Industry:
Renee Chube Washington, Chief Operating Officer, USA Track & Field

Achievement in Communications/PR/Advertising:
Michael Grady, Sports Reporter, RTV6

Achievement in Education, K-12:
Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks, Founder & CEO, Whatever It Takes Consulting Inc.

Achievement in Education, Post-secondary:
Johnny Pryor, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Indiana University McKinney School of Law

Achievement in Entrepreneurship:
Gary Brackett, Founder & CEO, Brackett Restaurant Group

Achievement in Financial Services:
Princess Hawkins-Moore, Vice President, National ATM Operations Manager JPMorgan Chase

Achievement in Professions:
Dr. Broderick Rhyant, Chief Physician Executive, Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor

Achievement in Public & Community Service:
Dr. Wallace McLaughlin, President & CEO, Fathers and Families Center

Achievement in Science & Technical Disciplines:
Baindu Bayon, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine

“Up & Coming”Achiever:
TaKeena Thompson, Attorney at Law, Cohen & Malad, LLP

Human Achievement:
Derrin Slack, Executive Director, ProAct Community Partnerships

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