The Black Achievers Society honored 15 new members into the prestigious society at its 45th Annual Black Achievers in Business and Industry Award Ceremony held Jan. 17 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, MO.

To become a member of the Black Achievers Society, African-Americans professionals in business and industry are nominated by their employer for their corporate leadership, significant accomplishments, community involvement, and educational achievements. A committee comprised of representatives from the SCLC Board of Directors and the Black Achievers Society selects the honorees from persons nominated.

The group was founded by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 1974, five years before the former KCMO mayor was first elected to the City Council. The organization’s mission is “to actively respond to the educational, social and economic needs of the community by providing role models for Black and minority youth, and sharing knowledge gained through academic and corporate experience.”

This year’s list of outstanding honorees includes:

Dr. Kimberly Beatty

Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College

D. C. Broil

Director, Forensic Lab, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Mattie Brown

Senior Project Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

C. Michael Cozart

Director, TRIO Student Support Services, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Dr. Shawn Derritt

Dean of Student Services, Kansas City Kansas Community College

Darwin D. DuPree

Protective Force Training Manager, Honeywell FM&T

Angelique Hill

Procurement Operations Manager, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Olivia Ighoyivwi

Lean Expert, Honeywell FM&T

Paul C. Jones

Administrative Associate, The University of Kansas Medical Center

Nick Kabongo

Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D

President, Metropolitan Community College

Calvin Mayfield

Manager, Network Analytics & Application Development, Sprint

Justin McCoy

Customer Experience Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shief of Kansas City

Walter Andre’ Redd

Senior Supervisor/Master Coach, Alliance Data

Tiffany Willis, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City

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