by Dawgelene "Dr Dawj" Sangster- It isn't easy to run businesses in Chicago. It takes a lot of time, talent, commitment and resources to run a business successfully. Everyone don't necessarily have the desire to own or run a business, but the ones that do have a certain drive and commitment to succeed. Each year, Chicago picks the Top 40 under 40 Game Changers through the Urban Business Roundtable, hosted by Chicago's own Pepper Miller on WVON (Melody Spann Cooper). They team with various businesses, along with Ariel Investments (Mellody Hobson), to identify those men and women who are raising the bar, setting the standard and making a difference in the lives of everyday people.
It is well known that Verizon is a supporter of community giving and always has a hand in giving back to the community through technology-driven education. This year, Verizon was a sponsor of the Top 40 under 40 Game Changers in Chicago, and awarded the Technology Award to Kyra Kyles, Digital Editorial Director at Jet. Verizon Executive Jerome Cheatham was on hand to meet with recipients and congratulate them on their service to the Chicago community and abroad. The following is a full list of recipients to include: Torrey Barrett, Jeffrey Beckham, Jr., Hebru Brantley, Meredith Brooks, Rev. Dr. Shelley Brown, Edric Calahan, Emile Cambry, Jr., Elizabeth Dozier, Nosa C. Ehimwenman, Wendy Ellis, Ed.D, Amara Enyia, Ph.D, Kelly Fair, Jordyn Gaines, Theaster Gates, Courtney Gousman, Jud Henry, Demetrius Ivory, Kyra Kyles, Farissa Alexander Knox, Lisa Laws, Renee Matthews, M.D., Wendell D. Mosby, Joakim Noah, Andrea Polk, Berve Power, Justin Rakestraw, Xavier Ramey, Pam Redwood, Derek J. Robinson, M.D., Aaron D. Sims, Sheldon L. Smith, Jourdan Sorrell, Kurt Summers, Jimalita Tillman, Taylor Townsend, Rep. Arthur L. Turner, Anthony Walker, Salena Whitfield, Ph.D, Andrea Williams and Heather Boston Williams.
Kudos to Marketing and Corporate Events designer Larvetta Smith of L3 Eventeurs, for designing an awesome event with great food, drinks and technology prize giveaways from Sponsor Verizon.