May 18, 2023

The Beverly Hilton

Whitney M. Young, Jr.
Award Honoree

Paula Madison

Madison Media Management

This year we honor Paula Williams Madison for her leadership in BIPOC media excellence and continued work in decreasing discrimination in media and corporate America. Paula Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management. Prior to starting her media company she spent twenty-two years with NBC Universal where she served as the Executive Vice President of Diversity as well as a Vice President of the General Electric Company.

Special Keynote Guest

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Chairman & CEO
T.D. Jakes Group

Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the most coveted faith-based influencers in business, education, film, and entertainment. Recognized as “One of the Nation’s Most Influential & Mesmerizing Preachers” by The New York Times, Bishop Jakes has been able to reach millions of people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, nationalities, and creeds and help them realize their purpose through his dynamic ministry.

Trailblazer Award Honoree

Martin Muoto

Founder, Managing Partner
SoLA Impact

Martin Muoto oversees a family of social impact real estate funds that are the largest purchaser of real estate in South LA. A professional investor and entrepreneur for over 20 years, he has been successful at leveraging private capital to drive positive social change. Muoto began investing in multifamily real estate in South Central Los Angeles, Compton, Watts, and other neglected communities a decade before they became designated Opportunity Zones.

Corporate Partner Award Honoree

Sekou Kaalund

Executive Vice President
US Bank

As the new Head of Branch and Small Business banking, Sekou Kaanlund oversees the organization’s 2,200+ branches across 26 states. Before Joining U.S. Bank, Kaanlund spent 15 years at JPMorgan Chase where he helped launch Advancing Black Pathways. The success of this initiative – which included hiring thousands of black students and providing millions of dollars in capital to black businesses – led to a historic five-year firm-wide $30B commitment to advance racial equity.

Musical Performance by

Denée Benton

Tony Award Nominated Actress/Singer

Co-Hosted By

Chris Schauble

Anchor, KTLA5

Co-Hosted By

Megan Telles

Anchor, KTLA5

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Red Carpet – 5:30 p.m.

VIP Reception – 6:00 p.m.

Dinner & Program – 7:00 p.m.

The Beverly Hilton

9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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American Airlines
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Banc of California
Bank of America
Bill Rusnack
Brown & Brown Quality Care, Inc.
Castillo Charitable Foundation
Concourse Ventures, Inc.
Councilwoman Heather Hutt, City of Los
    Angeles Council District 10
CSUDH and The Mervyn M. Dymally African
    American Political and Economic Institute
Edison International
First Citizens Bank
Gibson Brands
Grow @Annenberg

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Joe Kerwin
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
King & Spalding
Lakers Youth Foundation
Los Angeles Department of Water and
Los Angeles Sentinel
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles World Airports
NFL Players Association

Noel Massie for Annenberg Foundation
Sheppard Mullin LLC
Smidt Foundation
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Stasia Washington
Stocker Street Creative
Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, LA County
    Board of Supervisors District 2
The Africa Channel
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Torrey Pines Bank
Union Bank
Universal Music Group
US Bank