February 2022

Celebrating the contributions of women here in central Ohio

Courtesy of ABC 6 News
By Rodney Dunigan
February 18, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The Columbus Urban League is leading the charge to recognize those making a difference.

This year, the organization is highlighting three extraordinary community leaders helping to push the city forward.

For the Columbus Urban League, every day is about making an impact in the lives of those who need it most and leaders of the organization say the women they’re honoring this year are leaving a legacy of service and commitment to the community.

For Columbus Urban League President, Stephanie Hightower the organization’s mission isn’t work, it’s a passion. It’s a calling to make a difference here in Columbus.

This year, the Urban League will be honoring three women blazing a trail of excellence and service to others:

LaDavia Drane is the director and global head of inclusion, diversity, and equity for Amazon web services.

Nichole Barnes is the global head of inclusion and diversity at Pinterest.

And Dr. Melissa Shivers is the senior vice president for student life at Ohio State.

The impressive trio is set to be honored at a celebration in May. Organizers told WSYX it’s a thank you from the community for their efforts to make an imprint on the lives of others.

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