For Immediate Release
December 15, 2022
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(BPRW) Get to know the African American Leadership Development Program Class 29

Urban League of Greater Southwest Ohio's premier leadership development program selects 22 dynamic professionals for Class 29

(Black PR Wire) Cincinnati, Ohio – Class 29 of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio’s prestigious African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP) has been selected. Twenty-two senior-level African American leaders representing business, healthcare, non-profit and government sectors are on track to complete a 10-month immersive civic learning program covering Cincinnati’s rich cultural history, power and influence, government, advocacy and economics framed in Black history and perspective.

AALDP is the most highly regarded professional development opportunity and networking platform for African American professionals in Greater Cincinnati. Through 10 interactive sessions led by nationally recognized expert facilitators, participants discover themselves, delve into critical community issues and explore leadership lessons.

Class 29 will graduate on June 23, 2023. Comprehensive coursework and engaging activities enable AALDP graduates to:

  • Gain intimate knowledge of critical issues facing African Americans in Southwestern Ohio and the workplace
  • Identify and address opportunities and challenges for professional growth
  • Prepare and position for future success
  • Cultivate community and enhance their professional network by connecting with African American leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area

AALDP Class 29: 

  • Kevin L. Brooks, Assistant Vice President, Disputes Resolution Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Aharon Brown, Mayor, City of Forest Park
  • Markiea Carter, Director, Department of Community and Economic Development, City of Cincinnati
  • Simone Charles, Owner, Event Maven, Creative Director, Social B. & Co Hospitality
  • India Cole, Quality Improvement Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Rasheda Cromwell, Vice President of Community Strategies, Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Kimberly H. Hamilton, Supervising Accountant, Building and Inspections Department, City of Cincinnati
  • Leon A. Hampton, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Wanda Hayes, Director, Software Quality Assurance – Automation, Western and Southern Life
  • Malcolm Amir Hicks, Sr., Marketing and Branding Coordinator, Media Hawk Marketing Firm
  • Christie Kuhns, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
  • Kick Lee, Executive Director, Cincinnati Music Accelerator
  • Joel McCauley, Senior Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church
  • Jenifer Moore, Corporate Affairs Manager, The Kroger Co.
  • Tramayne J. Roberson, Information Systems Operations Support Manager, Hamilton County Job and Family Services
  • Kelly D. Robinson, Senior Project Manager, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
  • Quen Sandle, Logistics Supervisor, TriHealth-Bethesda North Hospital
  • Erica Scarborough, Nurse Manager, TriHealth-Bethesda North Hospital
  • Jessica R. Shely, Founder and CEO, GPD Creative Agency
  • Zakiyyah Thurman, Professional Excellence Specialist, TriHealth
  • Taiesha Williams, Manager of Talent Acquisition, TriHealth
  • Ebony Young, Chief of Staff & Project Administrator, Office of CHRO & CDO, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

AALDP is the longest-running program of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio. Since its inception, AALDP has graduated close to 1000 leaders who are part of the fabric of the Greater Cincinnati community and communities across the United States. For more information about AALDP, visit Applications for Class 30 will open in Spring 2023.