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
  • 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 JohnsonManaging Director, She Has A Name Cleaning Services
  • Q2 2018 – June 11 | Siobhan Boyd-Nelson, Development Director, Equality Ohio

Do you know a young professional deserving of recognition? Put a YP on our Radar!