Event Recap: The State of Young Black New York 2013

Attendees at the State of Young Black New York 2013 symposium.
Attendees at the State of Young Black New York 2013 symposium.

New York, NY (February 26, 2013) – The New York Urban League Young Professionals, hosted the third annual State of Young Black New York symposium on Saturday, February 23rd at J.P. Morgan to address Diversity in the Global Workforce. State Farm, Crème Magazine, and The Young and Powerful Group served as sponsors for the event.

The State of Young Black New York provided over 300 urban professionals in the tri-state area with a day of dialogue, learning and networking. Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Credit Suisse, AG, delivered the opening keynote address. Gadsden-Williams encouraged attendees to “Leave an indelible mark” in their organizations and communities and to be “nothing short of excellent.” She advised attendees to do this by enlisting the help of mentors and mastering the skill of networking, among other helpful tips and life lessons.

Keynote Speaker Robert Childs receives an award from NYULYP.
Keynote Speaker Robert Childs receives an award from NYULYP.

Robert Childs, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Learning Officer at American Express shared valuable, on-the-job advice with the audience during the afternoon keynote speech. He stressed the importance of developing emotional intelligence and building relationships in addition to delivering results. “When you’re in most companies, you need people to be advocates for you. It’s about results and relationships: you need results through and with relationships.”

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Panelists from the “Redefining Success: Which Ladder to Climb and Where to Land?” breakout session.

Moderated discussion panels followed each keynote address, offering attendees the opportunity to network and engage in conversations surrounding diversity and professional development as related to the young, urban professional. Panelists included representatives from the Healthcare, Government, Non-Profit and Corporate sectors. Sonya Blackmon, Pharmaceuticals Senior Project Manager, Global Clinical Operations with Pfizer, Inc., and a panelist at the event shared her excitement for SOYBNY. “I really enjoyed the event because the audience was very motivated. [I am] impressed by how professional and driven you all are.”

For more information on the State of Young Black New York and the New York Urban League Young Professionals, please visit www.nyul.org/nyulyp.

About New York Urban League

The New York Urban League, Inc. (the “League”) is one of the local affiliates of the National Urban League, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, multi-ethnic, social service organization celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2010. Through direct service delivery, advocacy, referrals, community capacity building, information dissemination and technical assistance, the League accomplishes its mission to improve social and economic conditions and opportunities for African-Americans and other people who face barriers to full participation in American society.

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Members of the Executive Board of New York Urban League Young Professionals

About New York Urban League Young Professionals

The New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP) is a unique entity of the New York Urban League designed to serve as an empowerment forum for individuals ages twenty-one to forty that live and work throughout New York City.

Compiled by Dante Clemons

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