Announcing the 2018 YLC Role Model Class

YLC is excited to announce our 2018 Role Model Class!

Young Leadership Council Announces 2018 Role Model Class

15 New Orleanians to be honored at Role Model Awards Gala on September 8, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (JUNE 21, 2018)Young Leadership Council (YLC) has announced its 2018 Role Model class. Composed of 15 business, community, and civic leaders, the 2018 class will be honored at the 32nd Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 8, at 6 p.m., at The Orpheum Theater, located at 129 Roosevelt Way.

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large. The 2018 Role Model class is composed of the following individuals:


Patrick L. Anderson

100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans

Dottie Belletto

New Orleans Convention Company, Inc. (NOCCI)

Simone Crouere

Demo Diva

Matt Schwartz

The Domain Companies

Steve Gleason

Team Gleason

Scott Hutcheson

City of New Orleans (formerly)

Yvette M. Jones

The Jones Group of New Orleans

Leroy Prout

HRI Properties

Christopher Reade


Shelby Russ

AOS Interior Environments

Stephen Stumpf

Durr Heavy Construction, L.L.C.

Suzanne C. Thomas

Hancock Whitney Bank

Erica J. Washington, MPH

Louisiana Department of Health

Edward Womac Jr.

Womac Law Firm

Paris Woods, EdM

College Beyond

Each year’s class of honorees is selected by a committee including members of YLC’s Board of Directors and past YLC Role Model Award recipients. The committee members review all nominations submitted from the community before selecting a final list of individuals. Individuals are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work and to New Orleans at large. Notably, a person can only receive the honor of YLC Role Model once in his or her lifetime.

“YLC is excited to showcase the members of the 2018 Role Model class and how they have impacted our community. The individuals who make up our 2018 class demonstrate a wide variety of professions with even broader areas of civic involvement. Each of them has had a hand in making our city a better place,” said 2018 YLC Board President Jack Wiles. “The YLC believes it is crucial to show the next generation of leaders that, regardless of your career path or civic interests, you can make our community a better place.  The members of our 2018 Role Model class, with their never-ending passion and leadership, are perfect examples.”

The annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala is a black-tie event and will spotlight the accomplishments of the members of the 2018 Role Model class followed by dinner, dancing, and live entertainment.

This year’s YLC Role Model Awards Gala is chaired by YLC Board Members Caroline Hayes and Kevin Ferguson. General admission tickets to the Role Model Awards Gala are $200 per person, with Patron Party tickets available for $500. Table sponsorship packages are also available, starting at $3,000. Tickets and sponsorships are available online at

For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets to the 32nd Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala, contact Liz Waller at or call 504-585-1198. For more information about YLC and to view a list of past Role Model Award recipients, visit YLC can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @ylcnola.  

About Young Leadership Council

Young Leadership Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic organization created to develop young professional leadership through community projects. Through volunteer-led community projects, YLC recruits and retains young professionals to New Orleans, creating a positive impact on the quality of life in the region. The oldest, independent young professionals’ organization in the country, YLC has raised more than $25 million to support community projects in and around the Greater New Orleans area since 1986.


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