Role Model Awards

The 2021 YLC Role Model Class will be honored at the 35th Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 25, at The Fillmore New Orleans, located at 6 Canal Street.

The YLC Role Model Awards Gala spotlights the accomplishments of the members of the 2021 Role Model class followed by dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. This year’s event is chaired by YLC Board Members Patrick Hernandez and Kristie Kaaa.

Celebrate Leadership

Join the Young Leadership Council at our 35thAnnual Role Model Awards Gala and be inspired by celebrating the achievements of this year’s class of extraordinary leaders.

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 Gala 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.

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Gala Information

Saturday, September 25, 2021
The Fillmore
6 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA

Creative Black Tie

Event Timeline

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Patron Party.

7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Live Music.

10:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

2021 Gala Committee

Patrick Hernandez and Kristie Kaaa, Gala Chairs

Gabby Aucoin, Joshua Bartholomew, Damon Carraby, James Collier, Olivia Celata, Emily Degan, Lauren Exnicios, Cate Ferguson, Cassie Hart, Carolyn Hatfield, Diana Hernandez, Nicole Licardi, Janice Montoya, MaryCole McCants,  Erin O’Leary, Leah Robarts, Christian Weydert, Graham Williams