Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award

Byron Allen

Founder, Chairman & CEO Entertainment Studios

In 1993, comedian, producer, media mogul, and philanthropist Byron Allen founded his global media company, Entertainment Studios, headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Chicago, Denver, and Raleigh. He now owns seven 24-hour HD cable television networks and also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 broadcast and cable television programs, making Entertainment Studios the first African American-owned studio producing and distributing wide-release motion pictures and one of the largest independent producers and distributors of television programming.

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Dr. Winston C. Doby
Community Coalition Award

Jeffery T.D. Wallace

President & CEO LeadersUp

Jeffery T.D. Wallace is president and CEO of LeadersUp, a nonprofit that bridges the gap between the untapped potential of young people and the business challenge of finding and keeping the best talent.

With Wallace, LeadersUp has established employer-led solutions that tackle high youth unemployment in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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John W. Mack Legacy Award

Fred Ali

President & CEO Weingart Foundation

Fred Ali has more than 40 years of senior management experience with philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government.

He was appointed president of the Weingart Foundation in 1999. He serves on the boards of Covenant House California, the MLK Health and Wellness Community Development Corporation, and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Fred also chairs the board of advisors for the University of Southern California’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and co-chairs the Center’s national advisory committee for the Irene Hirano Inouye’s Philanthropic Leadership Fund.

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Lonnie G. Bunch III

Founding Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Under Bunch’s leadership, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened seven exhibitions in its gallery located in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, including “Through the African American Lens: Selections from the Permanent Collection.” In addition, the museum’s traveling exhibition, “Changing America,” will be exhibited at 50 venues across the country through 2018. Bunch also established the program “Save Our African American Treasures” featuring daylong workshops where participants work with conservation specialists and historians to learn to identify and preserve items of historical value.

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Leslie Sykes

Co-Anchor ABC7 Morning Show and Eyewitness News This Morning

Leslie Sykes is co-anchor of the ABC7 Morning Show from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m., and ABC7 Eyewitness News at 11 a.m. She joined ABC7 in 1994.

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