Role Model Awards

For over 35 years, YLC has been proud to honor EXTRAordinary individuals making a positive impact in the Greater New Orleans region. YLC's Role Model Awards celebrate the efforts of local leaders who make critical contributions to the community and serve as exemplary icons for future generations. It's an opportunity for these changemakers to be appreciated for their meaningful work and achievements.

Know someone who creates impact and inspires the people around them to do so as well? Nominate them to be a Role Model now!


Celebrate Leadership

Annually since 1986, Young Leadership Council 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 Role Model Awards program supports YLC’s leadership development through community projects and civic engagement. Comprised of early- to mid-career adults (ages 21-42) interested in developing their leadership skills while bettering the community, YLC is committed to building a more equitable, inclusive New Orleans. YLC achieves its mission through leadership training, hands-on leadership experience, and the amplification of community leaders.

Meet the 2022-2023 Role Model Class.

View Past Role Models.


2023 Role Model Awards Committee

Olivia Mertensmeyer Alexander and Damon Carraby, Gala Chairs

Patrick Hernandez, Kristie Kaaa, Andrew Koehler, Joshua Bartholomew, Olivia Celata, Arieuna Hawkins, Ryan Estaris, Lena McCloskey, Josie Delaune, Abby Webber