We Are Making Black History campaign honors seven Cincinnati leaders
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber honors seven black leaders who are making a difference in Cincinnati through its annual We Are Making Black History campaign.
The campaign, launched in 2019, is an effort to recognize black leaders whose names or accomplishments may be widely known. It is sponsored by the Ohio National Chamber and Financial Services.
The 2022 list of honorees includes executives, creatives, founders, educators and community advocates who are redefining the standard in their careers.
A special tribute will be paid to the winners at the 2022 annual dinner of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber in the United States.
The seven winners for 2022 are:
- Eddie D. Hawkins.
- J. Phillip Holloman.
- Chanda Monroe-Williams.
- Michael Moore.
- Toilynn O’Neal Turner.
- Barb Smith.
- Ashlee Young.
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About the winners:
Eddie D. Hawkins, 49, Cincinnati Police Department Youth Programs Coordinator and Founder of No Excuses College Tours & Programs LLC: Hawkins uses his role in the police force to help young people in Cincinnati reach their full potential. He joined the force in 1999 and spent the last 19 years of his 22-year career with the Youth Services Unit as a School Resource Officer, designing several programs to change the lot of at-risk youth and help them find a successful path in life. In 2014, Hawkins launched No Excuse College Tours & Programs, LLC, which offers students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to explore post-graduation options by visiting colleges on a seven-day trip . He is committed to improving Cincinnati and continues to help by working with organizations such as Keep America Beautiful, the Free Store Foodbank, and Black Art Speaks.
J. Phillip Holloman, 66, Chairman of the Board of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Former President and COO of Cintas: Holloman heads up the city league after a 22-year career with Cintas Corporation. He was known for his leadership skills at Cintas and held numerous titles while working for the company. As head of the rental division, Holloman was instrumental in guiding the division through the Great Recession and helping to position Cintas’ core business for even greater success after the economic downturn. As President and Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the revenue and net income results of each business unit, which generated nearly $6.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2018. and increased by 21.7% over the previous year. Holloman also oversaw several significant divestiture and merger activities at Cintas, including its exit from its document management business for strategic reasons.
Chanda Monroe-Williams, 52, President and CEO of CM-W Consulting, Partner at Executive Trendz Beauty & Barber Boutique: Monroe-Williams is president of the MonWill Family Foundation, host of “Quarantine Coffee Chats with Chanda” and adjunct faculty member at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. She founded CM-W Consulting in 2008, after 18 years of leading and managing teams, programs and strategic initiatives for companies such as GE Money and Great American Insurance. In 2019, Monroe-Williams decided she could have more impact if she leveraged her experience and expertise to coach leaders earlier in their careers and became an adjunct faculty member at the University’s College of Business. ‘University of Cincinnati. In 2020, she launched The MonWill Family Foundation and her “Quarantine Coffee Chats w/ Chanda” vodcast to reduce disparities within the black community in health, education, digital literacy and economics. The vodcast led to his selection as a 2021 Everyday Hero by the Walnut Hills High School Alumni Foundation.
Michael Moore, 48, founder of Black Achievers, an organization with more than 4,000 members in Cincinnati and nearly 30,000 members nationwide: Moore’s mission is to build a network of black professionals who can work together to make the world a better place for everyone. He is also the author of “Achieve Your Dreams: 9 Principles of African American Success,” which helps inspire others to reach their full potential. At 19, Moore taught himself to write computer code and began designing and programming websites for businesses as a hobby while still in college. He eventually started his own web development company, which he grew into a million dollar a year business employing over ten people. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from UC, was an account executive for a Fortune 500 company, where he led a $5 million engineering business unit and served as chief information technology project overseeing project teams at Fifth Third Bank.
Toilynn O’Neal Turner, 49, founding director of the Robert O’Neal Multicultural Art Center and executive director of the Queen City Foundation: The Art Center is a non-profit organization based in Cincinnati’s West End neighborhood dedicated to the celebration, advancement, and preservation of Black culture and achievement. At the foundation, she seeks out talented minority students and helps them discover educational opportunities. Turner is a talented artist, businesswoman, and cultural activist who uses her skills to promote diversity. She has over 25 years of experience in audience development and community engagement in nonprofit organizations. She served as Director of Visual Arts and Museum of the Cincinnati Arts Consortium for over 11 years. In 2006, Turner established his company, New American Art Gallery II. The company ran cultural programs in Greater Cincinnati, including festivals in Fountain Square in an effort to provide a venue to help regional artists gain exposure.
Barb Smith, 56, president of Journey Steel, Inc..: Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology with a major in construction from Eastern Michigan University and over 25 years of construction experience with architectural and engineering firms. In 2009, she co-founded Journey Steel with business partner Tom Garten. Smith is the recipient of the 2016 Journey Award for Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship. She is part of the class of 2017 of women who mean business. In 2021, she was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Fame. Smith’s business has received awards for its community impact, including being named one of the 100 fastest growing downtown businesses by the Competitive Downtown Initiative. Smith was also invited to the White House to participate in discussions with senior officials about the regulations and their effects on small businesses, minorities and women-owned businesses.
Ashlee Young, 36, vice president of policy and strategic initiatives at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio: In this role, she leads the Urban League’s policy and advocacy framework, which focuses on systemic and equitable policy change. Young is also working with partners to further accelerate the growth of the Urban League and meet emerging community needs. She brings over 10 years of experience in public health, nonprofits, government and philanthropy. His commitment to service and his passion for people are reflected in his professional career and personal life. She serves her community through various leadership roles. Young is the 2020 recipient of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40 Award. She is the recipient of the Urban League’s Journey Award and the Cincinnati Herald’s Bright Award, as well as recognition from the National Society of Public Health Educators. She enjoys volunteering with many organizations in her community, but her favorite thing is spending time with her daughter Nila.