Empowerment Day 2020 – Our Honorees

2020 Honda Empowerment Award: Individual Honoree

Letha Pugh 

Ms. Pugh is a successful entrepreneur, founder of Black Out and Proud, and an incredible philanthropist who stood up for dislocated hospitality workers damaged by COVID-19.

2020 Honda Empowerment Award: Corporate Honorees

As one of Central Ohio’s premier healthcare providers, OhioHealth continually demonstrates a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity within their own organization, among the patients they serve and throughout the entire community. Their leadership team intentionally speaks up and out, including calling racism a public health crisis and incorporating equity as a core principle within their operations.


Healthcare solutions deliverer, Cardinal Health has a highly diverse leadership team building upon internal practices that reinforce the importance of mentoring women and African Americans. The company has advocated for social justice and recently modeled its forward thinking by taking a group of employees to experience the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.