Empowerment Day 2019 – Our Honored Guests

2019 Honda Empowerment Award: Corporate Honoree

Nationwide Foundation & Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide and its foundation have dedicated incredibly talented minds and extraordinarily generous financial support to the Columbus Urban League and other movements that make a difference for under-resourced people.

We share important values around integrity and respect for the rights of every person and we are mutually committed to relevant, effective outcomes that result in greater prosperity and opportunity for all. As a result, we are pleased to have them join us this year as the corporate recipient of the Honda Empowerment Day Award!

The Nationwide Foundation, established in 1959, is a nonprofit, private foundation to which Nationwide companies are the donors. Their Community Impact Model assesses the needs in communities and awards grants to support organizations, like CUL, that provide emergency and basic needs and crisis stabilization.

2019 Honda Empowerment Award: Individual Honoree

Philip R. Smith: Partner, KPMG

For his unwavering leadership as a 13-year member of the Columbus Urban League Board, including generous gifts of time, talent and resources, we are delighted to honor Philip R. Smith as the 2019 individual recipient of the Honda Empowerment Day Award!

Philip is the National Audit Leader-Industrial Manufacturing for KMPG. In this role he is responsible for KPMG’s strategy and execution related to Industrial Manufacturing Practice.

Philip has served as the lead audit partner on a number of Fortune 1000 accounts in the retail, consumer products, distribution and manufacturing industries. In his role as lead audit partner, he has been involved in providing a wide range of services to clients including due diligence, SEC reporting, forensics, and internal control advice.

It’s no wonder that he provides incredible value to us with his ongoing work as Audit Committee Chair with the CUL Board! Please join us in congratulating Philip R. Smith!