Regional Community Leaders Recognized at 33rd Annual Award Ceremony

New Orleans, LA (August 27, 2019) – As Young Leadership Council’s (YLC) 33rd Annual Role Model Awards Gala quickly approaches, YLC is pleased to announce that television’s Norman Robinson will join the event as the emcee, with local favorite Flow Tribe serving as the entertainment headliner of the evening.

Robinson, a retired journalist from New Orleans, was a fixture on WDSU, WWL, and WWVU beginning in the 1970s. His career was marked by his tough, tenacious and straight-forward interviewing style, which became nationally recognized. Robinson retired in 2014, and YLC is proud to have honored him as a member of the 1992 YLC Role Model class.

Following their acclaimed performance at the spring 2019 YLC Wednesdays at the Square concert series, YLC is thrilled to welcome Flow Tribe to the Role Model Awards Gala.  Flow Tribe’s unique musical offerings are a blend of Second Line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms melding with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop. Their singular sound, which they describe as “backbone-cracking music,” is quintessential of the New Orleans’ influence on their styling. Flow Tribe is currently building Downman Sounds, a state-of-the-art studio in New Orleans, and are working on their upcoming two-part EP.

About the YLC Role Model Awards Gala

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. 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.

The Role Model Awards Gala would not be possible without the support of our partners, including Platinum Sponsor The Goldring Family Foundation, and Gold Sponsors Lynne Burkart and LCMC Health.

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

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. YLC can be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @ylcnola.



Contact: Ashley Robison
Phone: 504-218-5687