Columbia's Kathie-Ann Joseph And Olajide Williams Recognized Among Top "40-Under-40" From Network Journal


NEW YORK, N.Y. (June 22, 2006)- The Network Journal (TNJ), a New York City-based magazine that focuses on African-American professionals and small business owners, will honor its 2006 top achievers at tonight's Ninth Annual “40-Under-Forty” Achievement Awards Ceremony.

Kathie-Ann Joseph, M.D., Director of Research for the Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center and Olajide Williams, M.D., M.S., Attending Physician & Director of Harlem Hospital's Stroke Initiative, Assistant Professor, Harlem Hospital/Columbia University are among the honorees. This event will be held tonight at Columbia University's Alfred Lerner Hall, located at 2920 Broadway (at 116th Street) in New York City.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Ed Gordon, host of the radio show, News & Notes with Ed Gordon.

The recognition event, one of a kind in the area, profiles 40 individuals, all under the age of 40, who have achieved significant levels of success and made substantial contributions in their careers and to their communities. The 40 achievers will also be profiled in the special June issue of the magazine.

The 2006 list of honorees covers a wide swath of the country and represents an influential roster of African American entrepreneurs and business professionals from around the country and includes:

• Sean Ames, Director of Technology, Marriott International • Roger M. Bobb, Supervising Producer, House of Payne, The Tyler Perry Company • Kawanna Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Magic Johnson Enterprises • Angela Burt-Murray, Editor-In-Chief, Essence Magazine • Holly A. Cooper, President, Diva In Training Public Relations • T. Troy Dixon, Managing Director, Head Mortgage Pass-Through Trading, Deutsche Bank • Michael A. Fields, First Vice President, CRA Officer, Valley National Bank • Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation • Rolanda A. Gaines, Business Director, ESPN, Inc. • Garth N. Graham, M.D., MPH Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services • David P. Greene III, Founder/President & CEO, Urbanomics Consulting Group • Genma Holmes, Owner, Holmes Pest Control • Stephanie M. Ivy, Vice President, US Institutional Sales, Goldman, Sachs & Co. • Kathie-Ann Joseph, M.D., Director of Research for the Department of Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center • Sekou Kaalund, Director, Securities & Fund Services, Head of Strategy, Citigroup Global Transactional Services. • J.D. Lawrence, CEO, JD Lawrence Inc. • Rodney Leon, Architect, AARRIS Architects • Rodney E. Miller, Sr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Schneider Regional Medical Center • Taydra Mitchell Jackson, Vice President of Marketing, MIZANI • Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Tempo, MTV Networks • Taneshia Nash Laird, Director of Economic Development, City of Trenton • Meika Tylese Neblett, M.D., Director of Urgent Care Services, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center • Danitra T. Oliver, Esq., Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. • Steve Pamon, VP, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, HBO • Lita Parker, SVP, Human Resources, New Line Cinema • Earl Martin Phalen, Co-Founder & CEO, BELL (Building Educated Leaders For Life) • Yvan-Claude J. Pierre, Esq., Senior Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP • Dawn L. Ridley, Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Business Development, National Football League Players Inc. • Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University • Laurie N. Robinson, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, CBS Broadcasting Inc • Leotis Sanders, Director of Diversity, Macy's East’ • Darlene H. Smith, Partner, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovisky & Popeo • Tammee L. Thompson, President, Asia Pacific • Hank L. Torbert, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Blackstar, LLC/Broadcast Capital Inc. • Sean Tresvant, Executive Director, Brand Marketing, Sports Illustrated/Time Inc. • Aricka Westbrooks, CEO, The Jive Turkey • Olajide Williams, M.D., M.S., Attending Physician & Director of Harlem Hospital's Stroke Initiative, Assistant Professor, Harlem Hospital/Columbia University • Philip Williams, President of Sales and Marketing, King of Shaves • Brett Wright, CEO/Co-Founder, NuAmerica Agency/Uptown Magazine • Sheena Wright, President & CEO, Abyssinian Development Corporation

The Network Journal’s annual “40-Under-Forty” awards celebration was launched in 1998 as a hallmark program to recognize the best and brightest young Black achievers. The honorees represent a diverse workforce, from business owners to corporate executives, spanning industries from media, entertainment and fashion to medicine, science and financial services. Honorees are chosen based on a palpable display of excellence in business, passion for achieving higher goals and commitment to the community and are profiled in the current (June) issue of TNJ.

TNJ’s 40-Under-FortyAwards program annually attracts a "Who's Who" among New York tri-state area's business executives and entrepreneurs. Over 500 guests are expected to attend the ceremony, which is being presented by The Network Journal Communications Inc. and sponsored by AOL Black Voices, Black Diamonds, WBLS Radio and Event Planners Plus!

### Launched in 1993, The Network Journal is published 10 times a year by The Network Journal Communications, Inc. headquartered in New York City. The magazine reaches more than 86,000 readers each month, providing empowering news and information primarily for Black professionals, corporate decision makers and entrepreneurs. The magazine’s signature issues are the annual list of 25 Influential Black Women in Business (March), 40-Under-Forty Black Achievers (June). Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in pre-clinical and clinical research, in medical and health sciences education, and in patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, nurses, dentists, and public health professionals at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Mailman School of Public Health, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions.


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