New York Urban League’s newly reimagined Champions will comprise a half-day conference bringing together experts to share knowledge and empower our community for continued change in DEI practices.

Champions will culminate with an awards luncheon, recognizing organizations and respected thought leaders for their outstanding corporate citizenry and positive advancements embedding diversity, equity and inclusion into their organizational culture.


2022 NYUL Diversity Champions Honorees



Corporate Diversity Champion



Philanthropy Diversity Champion



plier Diversity Champion



Leadership Diversity Champion


Romola Ratnam, Endeavor

Rising Star


Tara Ataya, Hootsuite

Rising Star

Event Recap


Past Awards Criteria

The Champions Awards are considered to be one of the highest accolades for 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. A Champion Award is a symbol of leadership and a commitment to an inclusive and equitable future. 

Winners will be announced in March 2022. Winning organizations must have a company representative present at the Champions Awards to accept the award. 

Leadership Champion

This Champion has achieved diverse representation among their highest executive offices and boards.

Nomination Window Closed

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.

Nomination Window Closed

Philanthropy Champion

This Champion demonstrates established patterns of volunteerism, pro bono and charitable giving to diverse organizations and initiatives.

Nomination Window Closed

Supplier 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.

Nomination Window Closed

Rising Star Champion

NYUL will bestow this Champion Award 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 Closed