Golden Laurel

The Golden Laurel Professional Reception honors local leaders in their chosen careers. In years past, Recorder Media Group, home of Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper and Indiana Minority Business Magazine, honored individuals in a particular field. This year, however, we are pleased to honor Rising Stars in various industries. While these Rising Stars already exemplify qualities of a leader, they’re just getting started. More accomplishments are on the horizon, and their impact in their professional space and the community will continue to grow.

The Golden Laurel Professional Reception not only recognizes minorities in the workplace, it also provides a way to bring professionals together to provide support and encouragement as they rise above the obstacles created by systemic barriers — especially in industries where there’s a shortage of minority role models. And while these Rising Stars shine in their professional roles, they don’t stop there. They take time to give back to their communities, creating an impact that will last well into the future.

“Recorder Media Group is committed to highlighting the achievements of leaders in our community. In fact, it is something we are very intentional about,” said Robert Shegog, president and chief operating officer. “Next week, we will recognize talented individuals whose efforts help make Indianapolis an even better place to live and work. I am incredibly proud of the work our honorees have done and will continue to do. Their contributions to the community will enhance Indianapolis for years to come.”

In keeping with our 124-year-old tradition of recognizing minorities who excel, Recorder Media Group will honor 10 professionals during the Golden Laurel Professional Reception, sponsored by Indiana Donor Network and Indianapolis Urban League, 5:30-7 p.m. May 16 at Mid-State Minority Supplier Development Council, 2126 N. Meridian St. Light refreshments catered by Chef Tia and Co. Restaurant and Catering.

Listed below are this year’s recipients.

Bunmi Akintomide — systems specialists manager at Salesforce

Ebony Chappel — multiracial community relations coordinator at Indiana Donor Network

Taylor Fitzgerald — pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly

Juan Gonzalez — Central Indiana market president for KeyBank

Ashley Gurvitz — community development manager for Eastern Star Church

Jordan Rodriguez — director of the Office of International and Latino Affairs for the mayor’s office of Indianapolis

Rima Shahid — executive director of Women4Change

Adrianne Slash — senior employee program specialist, talent management-human resources at Community Health Network; president of The Exchange for Indianapolis Urban League

Amy Titus — co-owner of Rooted Scales

Sean Washington — entrepreneur and motivational speaker

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