Role Models

YLC honored the accomplishments and contributions of 25 incredible leaders in the New Orleans community. Explore their bios, below!

YLC Role Models

Each year, YLC selects 25 individuals who have distinguished themselves by actively contributing to the betterment of our community in the following ways:

  • Promoting a positive attitude and unyielding desire to enhance the quality of life in our community

  • Striving to unite our community in collaborative efforts for its further prosperity

  • Serving as an exemplary role model to young professionals

  • Taking an effective and vigorous leadership role in our community

  • Making specific contributions in his or her specific field of endeavor

Explore YLC’s Role Model Award recipients below!

Julia Bland

Class of 2007 | Louisiana Children's Museum
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Karen and Henry Coaxum

Class of 2007 | Coaxum Enterprises
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Karen DeSalvo

Class of 2012 | Google
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Michael Hecht

Class of 2010 | Greater New Orleans, Inc.
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Sonny Lee

Class of 2017 | Son of a Saint
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Terrance Osborne

Class of 2016 | Artist
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Melissa Sawyer

Class of 2014 | Youth Empowerment Project
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Gary N. Solomon, Sr.

Class of 1992 | Crescent Bank and Trust
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Connie and Mark Uddo

Classes of 2011 and 2015 | NOLA Tree Project
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Erica Washington

Class of 2018 | Louisiana Dept. of Health
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