Rosalind Mclymont (TNJ Executive Editor), TNJ 40 Under 40 honoree Nicole Cokley (Bloomingdale’s, Operating VP of Diversity & Inclusion), Aziz Gueye Adetimirin (TNJ Publisher) (Photo by Gerald Peart)

*The Network Journal (TNJ), the New York tri-state’s premier magazine for Black professionals, corporate executives and small business owners, honored forty honorees from the media, technology, arts, culture, finance and healthcare at its annual “TNJ40 Under Forty” Achievers Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 28, 212 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square, New York City.  The event was attended by hundreds of business leaders, colleagues and family members.

The stellar event, which recognizes achievers who are continuously reaching for higher goals in their professions, businesses and community involvement, was sponsored by Wells Fargo and WBLS radio and hosted by “TNJ40 Under Forty” 2010 honoree Karen Nethersole, Esq., CEO, Full Circle NY, and Roman Oben, former NY Giants and 2003 Super Bowl XXXVII Champion.

This year’s class of honorees are from a diverse range of industries, including media, technology, arts, culture, finance, and healthcare.  TNJ created the 40 Under Forty Achievers Awards in 1997 to publicly recognize the next generation of African-American leaders who already are exceptional performers in their respective industries, and who are committed to the development of their community.  All honorees are featured in the June “Awards” issue of the magazine.

Competition for the awards has become increasingly intense, with the number of entries growing exponentially each year and the achievements of the entrants more and more remarkable.  It is almost presumptuous to choose winners, for clearly there are no losers among these candidates.  TNJ salutes them all – both those who made the honoree list and those who did not.

“A ‘TNJ40 Under Forty’ honoree typically is a business owner, or a management executive with significant decision-making authority in the corporate, nonprofit (including academia and medicine), or government sector, explained Rosalind McLymont, TNJ executive editor.  “A committee of judges reviews each year’s candidates and their supporting material and makes the final selection for the year’s honorees. honors men and women under 40 years old whose professional accomplishments have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to their community.”

The Network Journal ‘40 Under 40’ Class Photo (Photo by Gerald Peart)

This year’s “TNJ40 Under Forty” honorees and recipients of a specially designed crystal award are: Janna Andrews, MD, SUNY Stony Brook Winthorp University Hospital; Charles A. Archer, Esq., Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People in Need, Inc.; Shante Bacon, 135th Street Agency Daniel Beatty, Ph.D., Mercer; Ivan C. Benson, Novartis Pharma AG; Shartia Brantley, CNBC / NBC Universal; Samantha F. Butts, MD, Perelman School of Medicine/University of Pennsylvania Health System; Sydney C. Butts, MD, Suny Downstate Medical Center; Sekou Campbell, Fox Rothschild LLP; Aisha Christian, Russell Reynolds Associates; Nicole Cokley, Bloomingdale’s; Charon Darris, Key Bank; Brooke Ellis, General Motors; Ntiedo Etuk, DimensionU; Derek Fleming, Marcus Samuelsson Group; Tiffeny Forrest, YMCA of Greater New York – Harlem Branch; Michelle D. Hare, State Farm & M.A.J.E.S.T.I.C.; Tracy Richelle High, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Valerie Amanda D. Jackson, Esq., K&L Gates LLP; Monique D. Jefferson, New York Life Insurance Company; Willie L. King, Jr., Ph.D., DuPont; LaTanya Langley, Esq., Diageo North America; Shannon LaNier, Black Enterprise –TV; Tyrha M. Lindsey, L.A.I. Communications; Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Wendy Renae McSweeney, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC; Aida Moudachirou, L’Oreal Paris; Rhea Norwood, Lowe’s Companies Inc.; Ericka M. Pittman, Blue Flame Agency; Thomas L. Ransom, BB&T Bank; Howard Reid, Janssen Therapeutics (Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson); Natasha Sandy, MD, Columbia Medical Skin Care and Dermatology/ Primary Care Dermatology; Janelle N. Simmons, Limited Brands, Inc.; Traci Wilkes Smith, Esq., Willinger Talent Agency; Shandra Spicer, S&W Contracting of WNY, Inc.; Timothy Terry, Green Bay Packers; Christine W. Thorpe, Ed.D., New York City College of Technology/ CUNY; Holly Lisette Washington, S&P Capital IQ; Christopher S. Whyte, CW Global Advisory; and Charles E. Williamson, Ph.D., JP Morgan Chase.

“As we celebrate the 15th year of our ‘TNJ40 Under Forty’ Achievers Awards, TNJ cherishes its role as a facilitator for our up-and-coming African-American men and women to progress even further in their careers. While the selection process presents quite a challenge to our judging committee, it is truly a privilege to announce the 40 winners from such an accomplished group of candidates.  Through events such as our recognition awards program, TNJ brings these accomplished professionals to the attention of our vast network of corporate affiliations,” stated Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, TNJ’s founder, publisher and CEO.  (Photos by Malinda Bell and Gerald Peart)


About The Network Journal
Founded in 1993, The Network Journal (TNJ) is the premier magazine for Black professionals, corporate executives and small business owners in the New York tri-state area. Engaging more than 99,325 readers, TNJ is dedicated to connecting, empowering and inspiring this market segment by providing news and commentaries on issues that affect the growth of businesses and the advancement of professionals in the workplace.  Along with featuring successful entrepreneurs and professionals who offer insights on business and career-building strategies, TNJ highlights trends in key industries, providing information on valuable resources in the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors.  Each issue of TNJ includes articles on finance and economy, capital markets, career, the global business arena, health and fitness, technology, book reviews, after hours, and features about executives on the move.

Audrey J. Bernard is an established chronicler of Black society and Urban happenings based in the New York City area.

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