May 2025  -  The Club

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Young Professional of the Year presented by Blue Cross / Blue Shield:

  • Silvia Espinosa Laxson - Development and Communications Director, HICA (WINNER)
  • Riko Harris - CEO, iPUSH magazine
  • ​Uriah Williams - Financial Advisor, Intelus Wealth Management

Academic Leader of the Year presented by 95.7 Jamz:

  • Dr. Geri Albright - Director of Public Relations & Community Affairs, Lawson State Community College (WINNER)
  • Arlinda Davis - STEAM Lead Teacher Coordinator, Maranathan Academy - WE Education +
  • Lovella Jones - Chief Academic Officer, Education Solutions

Non-Profit Leader of the Year presented by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office:

  • Angela Abdur-Rasheed - Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Prosper (WINNER)
  • Makella Moore-Harris - Founder & Executive Director, Fine Arts Find Life
  • Pastor Steve Green - Pastor, More Than Conqueors Faith Church & RESPECT

    Medical Leader of the Year presented by Legacy of Hope:

    • Dr. Pauline Long and Dr. Jennifer Campbell - Co-Owners | Principal Consultant Pharmacists, MedsPlus Consulting​ (WINNER)
    • Christine Hinton - Therapist, Reach Counseling Services
    • Dr. Hernando Carter - Doctor of Medicine, ArchWell Health


    Small Business of the Year presented by Mi Pueblo Markets:

    • Abogados Centro Legal - Nathan Harris​, Managing Partner (WINNER)
    • Bridge + Root - Aisha Watts Taylor, Founder & CEO
    • Herban Soul Café - Alexis Kimbrough, Founder & CEO

    Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year presented by Cricket Wireless:

    • Martina Winston - VP Head of Talent & Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Protective Life (WINNER)
    • Andre Lessears - Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, UAB Health System​
    • Brandi A. Russell - Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Director of Talent Management, Balch & Bingham LLP

    Entrepreneur of the Year presented by City of Birmingham Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity:

    • Danielle Ridgeway - Founder & Chief Accountant, Covering Your Assets LLC (WINNER)
    • Kelli Caulfield - Founder, Nola Ice & Broad Street
    • Sandro Da Silva - Owner, Alabama Kitchen & Bath

    Executive Leader of the Year of the Year presented by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office:

    • Charlotte Shaw - Executive Director & CEO​, Birmingham Jefferson County Transit (WINNER)
    • Kamau Witherspoon - CEO, Shipt LLC
    • Tereshia Huffman - Chairwoman, Birmingham Water Works

      Business Start-up of the Year & LAUNCH! Pitch Competition Finalists presented by Birmingham Urban League and MasterCard:

      • ​Jeddie Carnes - Founder & Owner, GLAAM Cosmetics (WINNER)
      • Chanice Nykole - Founder & Owner, Change of Plans
      • Jamaine D Stanton - Founder & Owner, Black Business Traffic