2020 Role Model Class

Annually since 1986, YLC selects 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.

Outstanding New Orleanians

We are excited to re-introduce the Role Models featured during our 2020 Proud to Call It Home Virtual Gala, running the month of October.

Each year’s group of honorees is selected by a committee including members of the YLC Board of Directors and past YLC Role Model Award recipients. Individuals are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work, to their community, and to New Orleans as a whole. 

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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