Los Angeles, CA — On June 27, 2019, the Empowerment Congress, the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, and California Policy and Research Initiative gathered to recognize 40 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the highest levels of service in the fields of labor, business, public service, non-governmental organizations/philanthropy and media.
These leaders, comprised of Millennials and Generation X, are blossoming in their careers and/or entrepreneurial pursuits. They have stepped up to the leadership plate and are standing out to their peers and others around them.
Lindsey Horvath, Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of West Hollywood served as the keynote speaker and encouraged the honorees to stay civically engaged and even highly encouraged them to run for office. “Consider yourself asked,” she said.
The Empowerment Congress’ history of civic engagement runs as long as 27 years. With nine committees and 3000+ members, the organization seeks to educate, engage, and empower. The formation of the Emerging Civic Leaders committee rose out of the increasing young professionals’ willingness to be engaged and the former Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’ focus on the cultivation of these individuals.
This fourth annual awards ceremony displayed the rise of two generations and their willingness to change the environment around them. The famous mathematician Archimedes once said, “give me a place to stand and I can move the world.” The ceremony was their place to stand, be recognized, and be proud.
The ceremony was also a time for quality networking as individuals came from across Los Angeles County representing various industries to celebrate the honorees.
There is a passing of the baton that is happening among us. As Baby Boomers age, retire, and take a step back, the history of this ceremony has shown us that the next generation is willing and ready for action.
The 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony took place at The Underground Museum, a black-family-run art collective co-founded by the late Noah Davis and his wife, Karon and supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Zaneta Smith coordinates operations of an African American civic engagement and public opinion research organization, the California Policy & Research Initiative. www.calpri.org