The Network Journal Announces its 2015 List of “40 Under Forty” Dynamic Achievers

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Shon Gables, Television Personality and Social Media Blogger Will Host the 18th Annual 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards on June 18, 2015 in NYC

The Network Journal (TNJ,, the New York tri-state area’s premier quarterly magazine for Black professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners, announces the recipients of its 2015 "40 Under Forty" Achievement Awards. The annual award recognizes outstanding young African-Americans who are “Reaching for Higher Goals” in their careers while remaining committed to their community’s development.

This year’s class will be honored at the 18th Annual “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square, New York City, 1605 Broadway (at 49th Street), from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The awards dinner, themed “Reaching for Higher Goals,” will be hosted by television personality and social media blogger Shon Gables. It is sponsored by WBLS, African American Golfer’s Digest and AfricaStrictlyBusiness (dot) com. Please visit for more details.

“TNJ’s vision of providing a network for young Black professionals in America has not diminished after eighteen years. We look forward each year to providing a new class of honorees with a platform to reach and network with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs,” says Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, The Network Journal’s founder, publisher and CEO.

Competition for the 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards has become increasingly fierce, with the number of entries growing exponentially each year. TNJ salutes all of the 2015 award recipients:

  •     Kenny Anderson, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Americas; HUGO BOSS Fashions, Inc.
  •     Ukachi Anonyuo, CPP, Director, Global Package Development; Estee Lauder Companies
  •     Celeste Cox Baldwin, M.D., Physician, Internal Medicine; Norwalk Community Health Center
  •     Calvina Bostick, Esq., Partner; K&L Gates LLP
  •     LaSandra Boykin, Project Manager, Community Affairs; Delta Air Lines
  •     Jerry Bright, Head of Marketing & Investor Relations; Mark Asset Management
  •     Amani Brown, Brand Manager, Masterbrand; Kellogg's
  •     Kevin Chan-A-Shing, Vice President and Risk Officer, Consumer Banking and Lending; Discover Financial Services
  •     Jimmy Davis, Ph.D., President; Blacksmith Consulting Company
  •     Margo Ferrandino, J.D., Deputy General Counsel, Labor and Employment; NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development
  •     Nailah Flake-Brown, Managing Director; Morgan Stanley
  •     DeNora M. Getachew, J.D., Campaign Manager & Legislative Counsel, Democracy Program; Brennan Center for Justice NYU School of Law
  •     Satasha L. Green, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education; Chicago State University
  •     Abdul Henderson, Executive Director; Congressional Black Caucus
  •     Judy E. Hopkins, Corporate Vice President; New York Life Insurance Company
  •     Janaye M. Ingram, National Executive Director; National Action Network
  •     Neal Johnson, Senior Business Analyst; American International Group, Inc.
  •     Charles F. Johnson, II, Esq., Labor Relations Specialist; New York City Health & Hospital Corporation
  •     Jillian E. Joseph, Esq., Executive Counsel; GE Capital Real Estate, General Electric Company
  •     Yusef M. Kassim, Sr., Senior Member, Investor Relations Group; Eton Park Capital Management, L.P.
  •     James Felton Keith, Chief Operating Officer; Accrue Inc.
  •     Shamika Lackey, SPHR, Vice President Human Resources, MidAtlantic Region; Macy's Inc.
  •     Jamaal Lesane, J.D., Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs - Team and Sports Operations; The Madison Square Garden Company
  •     R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology Department & Black Studies Program; The City College of New York - CUNY
  •     Richard C. Manso, Vice President, Interactive Marketing and E-Commerce; L'Oréal USA, International Designer Collections
  •     Andrew McCaskill, Senior Vice President, Global Communications; Nielsen
  •     Madinah McDonald, Operations Manager, HR Americas East; EMC Corporation
  •     Nia R. Medder, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practioner; The Mount Sinai Medical Center
  •     Cleamon Moorer, Jr., D.B.A, Dean of the School of Business; Madonna University
  •     Nneka A. Norville, Esq., Senior Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility; BET Networks
  •     Raqiyyah Pippins, Esq., Senior Associate; Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  •     Tory Ragsdale, Manager, Human Capital Practice; Deloitte Consulting LLP
  •     Chadwick W. Roberson, Senior Associate, Corporate Derivatives Marketing Foreign Exchange Sales; JPMorgan Chase
  •     Eboni Russell, Director of Membership; National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers
  •     Natasha M. Songonuga, Esq., Director; Gibbons P.C.
  •     Jeffrey A. Thacker, Director of Digital; Emmis Communications
  •     Charles Thomas, Jr., Ed.D., Senior Consultant - Project Leader; LMI
  •     Ugo O. Ude, Esq., Partner; Mayer Brown LLP
  •     Nika White, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion; Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce
  •     Tameka Winston, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communications; Tennessee State University

About the “40 Under Forty”
The Network Journal created the 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards in 1997 to recognize young African-Americans who have proven to be exceptional performers in their industry and committed contributors to the advancement of their community. The program is designed to promote mentorship and professional development for these next-generation leaders by introducing them to the established business community as role models for young African-Americans. For more information on TNJ’s 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards, visit, or contact Sabrina D. Eady at 212-962-3791 x206, or at

About The Network Journal
Founded in 1993, The Network Journal (TNJ) is the premier quarterly magazine for Black professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,325 readers, TNJ is dedicated to connecting, empowering and inspiring this market segment by providing news and commentary on issues that affect the growth of businesses and the advancement of professionals in the workplace. Along with featuring successful entrepreneurs and professionals who offer insights on business and career-building strategies, TNJ highlights trends in key industries, providing information on resources and opportunities at the corporate, government, and not-for-profit levels. Each issue also includes articles on finance and economy, career, management, health and fitness, technology, global business, Africa, book reviews, and People on the move, as well as a calendar of business and cultural events.

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