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Champions Awards 2023: Welcome
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L to R - 2023 Honorees - Clarissa Moses-Washington; Linda G. Levy; Kenneth Ebie; Kim Davis; HR&A Advisors

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2023 Champion Honorees

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Linda G. Levy
Catalyst Champion

The Fragrance Foundation

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Kim Davis
Leadership Champion

Senior Executive Vice President
National Hockey League

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Clarissa Moses-Washington
Rising Star Champion

Manager - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
JetBlue Airways Corporation

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Kenneth Ebie

Equity & Inclusion Ambassador

Executive Director & Chief Development Officer,
Black Entrepreneurs NYC


HR&A Advisors

Recruitment, Retention & Belonging Champion


Champions Awards 2023: Our Team

For over a century, the New York Urban League has been working to help underserved New Yorkers live the lives they deserve to lead. Champions is our city’s signature event celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion.

Champion's half-day conference brought together experts to share knowledge and empower our community for continued change in DEI practices as well as award organizations and respected thought leaders for their outstanding corporate citizenry and positive advancements embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizational culture.

Champions are considered to be one of the highest accolades for individuals and organizations committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. As one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country, the New York Urban League seeks to celebrate companies and individuals who embody the pillars of our mission for equity.

Being recognized as a Champion not only brings praise to the winners, but it also exemplifies to others how DEI practices contribute to the success of an organization. Champions Honorees exemplify leadership and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable future. Past Champions of Diversity include Citi, Blackstone, UPS, McKinsey & Co.; Company, PwC, Roundabout Theatre Company, and TD Bank.

Awards for Champions were presented during the luncheon on February 15 at The Plaza in New York City.

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2023 Event Recap

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Keynote Speaker

Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC

Rashida Jones is President of MSNBC, the premiere destination for breaking news, award-winning journalism, in-depth analysis and informed perspectives. Prior to taking on the role of President in February 2021, Jones served as Senior Vice President, NBC News and MSNBC. In this position, she spearheaded cross-platform breaking news and major events for both networks.

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Champions Host and Emcee

David Ushery, Anchor NBC 4 New York

David Ushery is the anchor for NBC 4 New York’s 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts. He is a member of the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New York Chapter’s Silver Circle, recognizing more than 25 years of journalistic excellence and service to the Tri-State.

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Symposium Topics and Speakers

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Champions Event Chair


Helen C. Shelton

Senior Partner, Global Chief Diversity Officer

FINN Partners

Board Member of New York Urban League

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Champion Sponsors


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2023 Jury Granted Award Categories

2023 Champions Jury 

Jeanelle Beach, Warner Bros. Discovery
Richard Brown & Christine De La Rosa, The People’s Ecosystem
Lauren Maillian
Christina Ovalles, OMD
Rebecca Russel, GEICO
Lisa Skriloff, Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc.

Recruitment, Retention & Belonging Champion

This Champion has achieved diversity across sectors of their organization through innovative and successful recruitment, retention, professional development, affinity group and mentorship programs, practices and strategies.

Supplier Diversity Champion

This Champion has a robust supplier diversity initiative and processes in place to ensure small, diverse, women and veteran-owned classified and certified suppliers and vendors are considered and utilized.

Rising Star Champion

This Champion is bestowed to an individual who is making their mark developing new and innovative diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs and practices at their organization and/or in our community.

Nomination window is now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

For more information, please contact the NYUL Champions Office at

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2022 NYUL Diversity Champions Honorees

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L to R - 2022 Honorees - Antoine Andrews | Momentum; Michelle Thornhill | Citi; Melissa Murray Bailey accepting for Tara Ataya | Hootsuite; and Jack Pitts, | Blackstone. [Not pictured: Toni Thompson (Etsy) Romola Ratman, (Endeavor)]

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