Young Leadership Council Announces 2019 Role Model Class

We are excited to announce outstanding New Orleanians to be honored
at YLC Role Model Awards Gala on September 14, 2019

Young Leadership Council Announces 2019 Role Model Class

Outstanding New Orleanians to be honored at YLC Role Model Awards Gala on September 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (JULY 8, 2019)Young Leadership Council (YLC) has announced its 2019 Role Model class. Composed of 17 business, community, and civic leaders, the 2019 class will be honored at the 33rd Annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala on Saturday, September 14, at The Fillmore New Orleans, located at 6 Canal Street. There will be a Patron Party starting at 6pm and the Gala will begin at 7pm. 

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 2019 YLC Role Model class is composed of the following individuals:

LTC (R) Danny Blanks

Pontchartrain Partners, LLC

Jody Braunig

Girls on the Run New Orleans

Frank Brigtsen

Brigtsen’s Restaurant

Andrea Chen


Greg Feirn

LCMC Health

Becker Hall & Rene Louapre

Hogs for the Cause

Lee Ledbetter

Lee Ledbetter & Associates

Debbie Badeaux Maniglia

Intralox, LLC

Judy Reese Morse

Urban League of Louisiana

Dr. John Nicklow

University of New Orleans

Mayra Pineda

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

Nakita Angelle Shavers

Youth Empowerment Project

Susan Taylor

New Orleans Museum of Art

Walter “Wolfman” Washington


Mike Woodward

College Track New Orleans

Kevin Wilkins



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 reviews all nominations before selecting a final list of individuals. Honorees are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work and to New Orleans. Notably, a person can only receive the honor of YLC Role Model once in his or her lifetime.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled to honor the members of the 2019 Role Model class,” said Aimee McCarron, Young Leadership Council Board President. “Our diverse set of honorees are inspirational to young professionals in their careers and their impact on the community as a whole. We are all looking forward to honoring this year’s class on September 14.”

The annual YLC Role Model Awards Gala is a “creative black-tie” event and will spotlight the accomplishments of the members of the 2019 Role Model class followed by dinner, dancing, and live entertainment. This year’s event is chaired by YLC Board Member Margaux Krane and YLC Member Stew Krane.

YLC will be hosting a YLC Role Model Awards Gala Pre-sale Party on Thursday, July 11 from 6 – 8 pm at Cavan. At that event, guests will be able to purchase a ticket to the 2019 YLC Role Model Awards Gala for only $100. Following the presale party, Gala tickets will go on sale $125 for YLC members, $150 for non-members, and $500 for a Patron Party + Gala ticket. Discounted tickets can only be purchased in person and there will be a limit of one ticket per person.

For information about tickets, table purchases, and additional sponsorship opportunities contact Liz Waller, Events & Sponsorship Manager, at liz@ylcnola.org or call 504-585-1198. For more information about YLC and to view a list of past Role Model Award recipients, visit www.ylcnola.org. 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.