On Saturday, May 20, 2023 we recognized today's "Change Makers" who are continuing the work and working with our "Living Legends" many who have laid the foundation and re-enforced the foundation of our ancestors. The Empact Awards, brought these change makers and living legends together in one space. 

48 Honorees! 170 Guests! Endless ways to network and build. 

Black Owned Businesses supported for this event:

Bisou Event Space, Lindenhurst NY

Bayview Kitchen, Amityville NY

Culture Trees Design, Long Island NY

Ajada Reigns, New York, NY

LI Color Print, Long Island, NY

CRUX Kitchenware, Bronx, NY

Proceeds from this event benefits EMPACT Inc. programming. EMPACT Inc. is a 501c3 tax exempt organization. 

For more information, please email info@empactincny.org

Platinum sponsors for the Empact Awards 2023

Gold and Silver Sponsors for the Empact Awards 2023


Dr. Monique Akil

Uniondale Union Free School District Superintendent

Fred P. Banny

Conversations With Kings ®️  Founder

Siela Bynoe

Nassau County 

2nd Legislative District

Kevan Abrahams

Nassau County

Minority Leader

1st Legislative District

Laura Harding, Esq.

Erase Racism, President

Pastor Sedgwick Easley

Union Baptist Church

Taylor Darling

New York State Assembly

District 18

Brandon Ray, 

Synergy Me! Master Networker and Community Advocate

Black Legacy Partners, LLC

Juneteenth Cultural Festival and Community Venture

Apryl Hargrove, Sgt.

Suffolk County Police Department

Dr. Subrina Oliver

O-High Technologies

Founder and CEO

Jacob Dixon

Choice For All

Founder and CEO

Renee Flagler

Girls Inc. Long Island

Executive Director

Thurston D. O'Neal, Community Advocate and Erica E. O'Neal, Esq. Founder and Principal of EEO Consulting



Manager of External Affairs, AT&T Services, Inc.

Dr. Heather Hines

One Love Midwifery and Director of Midwifery Education at Stony Brook University 

Dan Lloyd

Minority Millennials, Founder & President

Karyn Kemp

External Affairs, District Manager PSEG Long Island

Bumi Ojo

Halo Network Services Inc.

Chief Operating Officer 

Miya Jones

Shades of Long Island

Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Rochelle Kelly-Apson

Association of Black Lobbyists and Consultants


Keishan Rowe 

Financial Education

Andrew Ayodegi 

Bolden Mack Basketball, Co-Founder

Marie E. Saint-Cyr

Saint-Cyr Art Studio Community Muralist

Adesuwa Watson

Suffolk County Office of Minority Health, Director

Dr. Odette Hall

Suffolk County Chief Medical Examiner

Dr. Timothy E. Sams

SUNY Old Westbury President

Kimberly Jean-Pierre

New York State Assembly

District 11

Jason Richberg

Suffolk County

Minority Leader 

15th Legislative District

Dawn Lott, Esq.

Executive Director, Suffolk County Human Rights Commission

Waylyn Hobbs Jr.

Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Hempstead 

Michaelle Solages

New York State Assembly

District 22

William G. Ford

Appellate Division Second Judicial Department, Associate Justice

Kennetha Pettus

Director of Nassau County Housing & Community Development 

Dr. Carolyn McCummings

Nassau County Health Equity, Director

Dr. Adrian S. Goodwin

Negotiation Strategist and Educator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

LIVING LEGENDS               

Joye Brown

Newsday Columnist

Bonnie Cannon

Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center, Executive Director

Fred K. Brewington, Esq.

The Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington

Tracey Edwards


Long Island Regional Director

DuWayne Gregory

McBride Consulting, Senior Vice-President

Hon. Derrick & Dr. Pamela Allen-Robinson

Retired Supreme Court Justice and Executive Director of Keep Your Change



Babylon Town Democratic Committee Chairwoman 

Rev. Charles Coverdale

First Baptist Church of Riverhead

Wilma Holmes Tootle

National Coalition of 100 Black Women Long Island Chapter President

Lionel Chitty

Executive Director at Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs 

Dorothy Goosby

Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman

Theresa Sanders

Urban League of Long Island, President

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