Create Columbus Visionary Award
To raise the profile of young professionals (YP) making a difference in our community, the Create Columbus Commission started a quarterly YP recognition program with Columbus City Council called the Create Columbus Visionary Award.
Outstanding YPs are selected by the Create Columbus Commission and honored with a resolution by Columbus City Council. Each quarter an honoree is identified by current commissioners and submitted to council for recognition at a pre-determined council meeting. See below for past honorees whose efforts are helping to create a better Columbus.
- Q1 2016 – March 14 | Suzy Bureau, Founder, GiveBackHack
- Q2 2016 – May 16 | Blake Compton, CEO and Founder of Compton Construction
- Q3 2016 – September 26 | Dr. Chenelle Jones, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Ohio Dominican University
- Q4 2016 – November 21 | Benjamin Buckner, Integrated Marketing Specialist for Radio One & Robert Bickis, Jr., Realtor/Catalyst & Broker for MoveDowntownColumbus.com
- Q1 2017 – March 13 | Reese Neader, Founder, Forge Columbus and Organizing Fellow, Kiva Columbus
- Q2 2017 – June 12 | Andrew Levitt, Artist and fundraiser known as Nina West
- Q3 2017 – October 23 | Dan Sharpe, Vice President, Community Research and Grants Management at The Columbus Foundation
- Q4 2017 – December 11 | Calvin Cooper, Sr. Director, NCT Ventures
- Q1 2018 – March 12 | Kelsie Johnson, Managing Director, She Has A Name Cleaning Services
- Q2 2018 – June 11 | Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Development Director, Equality Ohio
- Q3 2018 – October 22 | Aslyne Rodriguez, Co-founder & CEO of EmpowerBus
- Q4 2018 – December 10 | Mike Nicholson, Founder – M. Nicholson Hip Hop Fitness
- Q1 2019 – May 20 | Amber Evans, Activist with People’s Justice Project
Do you know a young professional deserving of recognition? Put a YP on our Radar!