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.

Champions will again comprise a half-day conference bringing 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.

We are again thrilled to be able to host a public call for nominations for Champions in various categories. 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.

Please nominate your corporation or colleague by December 9th, for consideration by our Jury. Finalists will be announced in January, with award winners presented at Champions on February 15 at The Plaza in New York City:


2023 Awards Category Criteria

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.

Thank you for your submission. For more information, please contact the NYUL Champions Office at NYUL@thewakemanagency.com.


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)]



Corporate Diversity Champion



Supplier Diversity Champion



Philanthropy Diversity Champion



Leadership Diversity Champion


Romola Ratnam, Endeavor

Rising Star


Tara Ataya, Hootsuite

Rising Star


2022 Event Recap