The Network Journal Announces its 2016 List of “40 Under Forty” Dynamic Achievers

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Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant, Founder of Destiny Designers University® and Anthony "Tony" Herbert, President and CEO of The NYS Minority Restaurant & Nightlife to Host Awards Dinner to take place on Thursday, June 23, 2016 in the Times Square area of NYC.

“...The Network Journal cherishes its role in recognizing up-and-coming African-American men and women...Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, TNJ publisher

The Network Journal (TNJ,, the New York tri-state area’s premier quarterly magazine and online business news website for Black professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners, announces the recipients of its 2016 "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.

“As we celebrate the 19th Anniversary of our 40 Under Forty Achievers awards, The Network Journal cherishes its role in recognizing up-and-coming African-American men and women who show promise and commitment in their careers, and as a facilitator to showcase the talents of these professionals to our vast network of corporate affiliations,” Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, TNJ publisher, said.

This year’s class will be profiled in the SUMMER 2016 issue of TNJ and honored at the 19th Annual “40 Under Forty” Achievement Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York City. The awards dinner, themed “Reaching for Higher Goals,” will be co-hosted by Dr. Stacie N.C. Grant, Founder of Destiny Designers University® and Anthony "Tony" Herbert, President and CEO of The NYS Minority Restaurant & Nightlife.

The dinner will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square, 1605 Broadway (at 49th Street), from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and is sponsored by and African American Golfer’s Digest. Tickets are $350.00 if purchased on or before June 17th, and $400.00 thereafter. To purchase tickets, please visit

TNJ salutes all of the 2016 award recipients:

  • Paula Howell Anderson, Esq.; Litigation Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Apriel Biggs; Managing Director, Change Management & Technology Adoption, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Michael Alexander Blake; Assembly Member of the 79th District, New York State Assembly
  • Chevon Andre Brooks, Esq.; Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP
  • Yvonne Bryant; Senior Brand Manager, Hemophilia A Marketing, Novo Nordisk Inc.
  • Cammillia Campbell; Chief Financial Officer, EGAMI Consulting Group
  • Tiffany Channer, MLS (ASCP) CM; Educational Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Sherrese A. Clarke-Soares; Managing Director, Head of North America Relationship Lending, Morgan Stanley
  • Tai Cooper; Chief Policy Advisor, City of Newark
  • Shadan Deleveaux; Sales Staffing Recruiter, Google
  • Candice Germain; Vice President, Executive Risk Group, Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Erin G. Gladney; Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Shauna-Kay M. Gooden, Esq.; Associate Counsel, Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Levar Haffoney; Principal, Fayohne Advisors, LLC
  • Keneth Newton Hall, MD, FASMBS; Bariatric and Robotic Surgeon, Winthrop University Hospital
  • Kareem Harper; Vice President, Measurement & Analytics, Weber Shandwick
  • Daren L. Hawthorne, Esq.; Executive Vice President of Franchising and Corporate Counsel, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill
  • Crystal E. Jackson; Senior Vice President, Commercial Bank: Nonprofit Financial Services, Citibank, N.A.
  • Raymone Jackson, CLU, FLMI, ACS; Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Northwestern Mutual
  • Christopher D. James; Executive Director, New Jersey Democratic State Committee
  • Kevin Johnson; Managing Director, Crystal Group
  • Komoy M. Jones, J.D.; Associate Director of Compliance, Balyasny Asset Management, L.P.
  • Natasha Leath; Co-founder/Vice President, Fostering Leadership 4 Young Women Inc.
  • Markeisha J. Miner, J.D.; Dean of Students, Cornell Law School
  • Brandi N. Monique, Esq.; Complex Claims Director in the Fidelity Department of Financial Lines, American International Group, Inc.
  • Melody S. Perry; Manager, Studio Operations, Amazon
  • Najah A. Rahmaan; Director of Operations, Dedica Group
  • Brandon V. Ray; Regional Director, External Affairs (Long Island), AT&T
  • Jason J. Redd, Esq.; Counsel, Government Affairs Department, Gibbons P.C.
  • Martine M. Saint-Vil; Senior Finance Manager, Digital, Nickelodeon/Viacom
  • Diallo Shabazz; Executive Director, One Hundred Black Men, Inc.
  • Nzinga Shaw; Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena
  • Egypt Sherrod; CEO, Egypt Sherrod Real Estate Group
  • Cameka Smith; Founder and CEO, The BOSS Network, Inc.
  • Ryan H. Stewart; Vice President of Communications, The Terrie Williams Agency
  • Kenneth Taylor, Ph.D.; Senior Quality Control Management Analyst, Office of Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education
  • Manika M. Turnbull, Ph.D.; Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Health Care Service Corporation
  • H. Shellae Versey, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Wesleyan University
  • Jemar T. Ward; Director, Recruitment Strategies, NYC Human Resources Administration
  • Aniesia Williams; Vice President of Branding & Strategic Partnerships, Project NOW

About the “40 Under Forty”
TNJ 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 Sabrina(at)tnj(dot)com.

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, and book reviews, as well as a calendar of events.

Press Contact: Sabrina D. Eady, The Network Journal, 212-962-3791 x206, Sabrina(at)tnj(dot)com

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