Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals: Announces award recipients of the second annual Emerge Gala

Contact: Jay Young
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This year – new partnerships, new leaders, new opportunities

(MADISON) – The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals (“ULGMYP”) will be hosting its Second Annual Emerge Gala Presented by Quarles & Brady LLP on March 28, 2015 at the Best Western Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street, Madison, WI, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The Second Annual Emerge Gala follows up on the momentum built with the first Emerge Gala in 2014, which was unprecedented in that it was the first time in our community seven young professional organizations supported a cause as community partners and enlisted three Mayors to declare the date of the event as Young Professionals Day in Greater Madison.

The Emerge Gala will once again bring outstanding young professional leaders together for an evening to celebrate their many contributions to our community. ULGMYP will recognize extraordinary young professionals who are excelling in their chosen professions and community leaders who have impacted the young professional community through mentoring and creation of growth opportunities. The Emerge Gala will also raise funds to support the Urban League of Greater Madison’s educational and workforce programs, as well as support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. “Our support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County through philanthropy was a logical extension of our service to the Urban League of Greater Madison. Both organizations do a tremendous job supporting youth in our community,” said Nia Trammell President of the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals. Trammell also noted that “ULGMYP is extremely excited about the quality of the young professionals and mentors being recognized at the Emerge Gala this year.”

LaKendra Adesuyi, Ariana Mankerian, Corinda Rainey-Moore, Lauren Rock, Renae Sigall, Dwayne Williams and Jack Williams, all members of the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals will be recognized for their commitment to carrying out the mission of the Urban League. The Emerging Leader Awards are presented to young professionals who exemplify the qualities and characteristics of an exceptional leader in our community. Ankit Agarwal, PhD, President and CEO of Imbed Biosciences, Inc., will be recognized as the Emerging Business Leader of the Year, which will be presented by Quarles & Brady LLP. Agarwal is the founder of Imbed Biosciences, which is a development stage company commercializing advanced materials for wound healing and surgical applications. The company’s technology platform is based on polymeric nanofilms invented by Ankit during his post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janine Stephens, will be awarded the Emerging Leader of the Year Award. Stephens is the Senior Director of Marketing and Special Events at the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, where she contributes to the overall success of BGCDC by organizing and executing various events, including the highly anticipated Hearts for Helping and Bike for Boys and Girls Club.

2-2-2 Emerge Gala Award Winners Announced

Other award recipients for the Emerge Gala include, Attorney Roisin Bell of Bell Giftos LLC, Nathan Mack of the State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds and Constance Samuels of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau, who are due to receive the Trailblazer award. The Trailblazer Awards are presented to young professionals who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and who have shown leadership within their company and industry.

There will also be two awardees for the Impact Awards, which are presented to community leaders who have established a record of consistent outreach to young professionals in the Greater Madison area and who have invested time in the professional growth and development of young professionals. The recipients of the Impact Awards are: Melissa Fellows, the Vice President, Commercial Deposits & Treasury Management at Associated Bank and Frances Huntley-Cooper, a Board Member at Madison College.

Visit www.ulgm.org/emergegala for more information and to purchase tickets for the Emerge Gala.

About the Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals

The Urban League Young Professionals is a volunteer auxiliary of community leaders ages 21 to 42 who work to empower communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement. The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals chapter officially launched in 2012. Its purpose is to support the Urban League Movement through volunteerism, philanthropy and membership development. Learn more at www.ulgm.org/yp.

About the Urban League of Greater Madison

The mission of the Urban League of Greater Madison is to ensure that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed, and empowered to live well, advance professionally, and contribute to the common good in the 21st century. ULGM is committed to transforming Greater Madison into the Best [place] in the Midwest for everyone to live, learn, and work. ULGM works to make this vision a reality through a comprehensive strategic empowerment agenda that includes programs and services, advocacy, partnerships, and coalition building. Learn more at www.ulgm.org.

About Quarles & Brady LLP

Quarles & Brady is a full-service law firm with more than 475 attorneys offering an array of legal services to corporate and individual clients that range from small entrepreneurial businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with practice focuses in health care and life sciences, business law, data privacy and security, and complex litigation. The firm has offices in Chicago; Indianapolis; Madison; Milwaukee; Naples, Florida; Phoenix; Scottsdale; Tampa; Tucson; and Washington, D.C.