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The Visionaries Awards is recognized as the premier civic leadership event that celebrates the outstanding achievements of leaders whose professional and civic careers have inspired action, community collaboration and solutions that have had a profound and lasting impact on our region, state and nation. It is the largest SCLN alumni reunion of the year where leaders form lasting collaborations.

To date, past Visionaries Awards honorees include:


  • Darya Allen-Attar, Vice President, Financial Advisor,Investing with Impact Director, Morgan Stanley; Co-Founder & CEO, Women Founders Network

  • Michael A. Lawson, President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League

  • Kiesha Nix, Executive Director, Lakers Youth Foundation


  • Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, Med, Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  • Charlene Thomas, Chief Human Resources Officer, UPS 

  • Nichol Whiteman, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation


  • Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO, AltaMed

  • Zoila Escobar, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, AltaMed and President, AltaMed Foundation

  • Kevin Cottrell, The Guido Goldman Director, Leadership Programs, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

  • Kim Yamasaki, Executive Director, Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)

By attending the Visionaries Awards, guests are helping to advance SCLN’s mission and contributing to scholarships for under-represented emerging leaders. Your attendance makes a difference and gives our future leaders the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge, and network they need to be the professional and civic leaders that drive change in their communities.

Become a Sponsor

We invite you to help us celebrate these dynamic leaders by sponsoring the Visionaries Awards. Proceeds help support the work of Southern California Leadership Network, and provide scholarships for diverse emerging leaders to participate in our programs. To learn more, contact Erin Tanenbaum, 213.806.7901

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors
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AltaMed Health Services


Deloitte LLP

First 5 LA

Janet Schulman, Executive Consulting for the Nonprofit Sector

Kaiser Permanente

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Otis College of Art and Design


Southwest Airlines


Cordoba Corporation

Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair, Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District

Los Angeles Urban League

Morgan Stanley

Paige Serden and John Lapinski

Southern California Association of Governments

Valero Energy

Walmart Inc.

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