As Young Leadership Council’s (YLC) 33rd Annual Role Model Awards Gala quickly approaches, YLC is pleased to announce that television’s Norman Robinson will join the event as the emcee, with local favorite Flow Tribe serving as the entertainment headliner of the evening.

Robinson, a retired journalist from New Orleans, was a fixture on WDSU, WWL, and WWVU beginning in the 1970s. His career was marked by his tough, tenacious and straight-forward interviewing style, which became nationally recognized. Robinson retired in 2014, and YLC is proud to have honored him as a member of the 1992 YLC Role Model class.

Following their acclaimed performance at the spring 2019 YLC Wednesdays at the Square concert series, YLC is thrilled to welcome Flow Tribe to the Role Model Awards Gala. Flow Tribe’s unique musical offerings are a blend of Second Line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms melding with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop. Their singular sound, which they describe as “backbone-cracking music,” is quintessential of the New Orleans’ influence on their styling. Flow Tribe is currently building Downman Sounds, a state-of-the-art studio in New Orleans, and are working on their upcoming two-part EP.

About the YLC Role Model Awards Gala

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

The 2019 YLC Role Model class is composed of the following individuals:

LTC (R) Danny Blanks Jody Braunig

Frank Brigtsen Andrea Chen

Greg Feirn

Becker Hall & Rene Louapre Lee Ledbetter

Pontchartrain Partners, LLC Girls on the Run New Orleans Brigtsen’s Restaurant Propeller

LCMC Health

Hogs for the Cause

Lee Ledbetter & Associates

Debbie Badeaux Maniglia Judy Reese Morse

Dr. John Nicklow

Mayra Pineda

Nakita Angelle Shavers

Susan Taylor

Walter Wolfman Washington Mike Woodward

Kevin Wilkins

Intralox, LLC

Urban League of Louisiana University of New Orleans Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana

Youth Empowerment Project

New Orleans Museum of Art Musician

College Track New Orleans trepwise

Each year’s class of honorees is selected by a committee including members of YLC’s Board of Directors and past YLC Role Model Award recipients. Honorees are selected based on significant contributions to their field of work and to New Orleans. Notably, a person can only receive the honor of YLC Role Model once in his or her lifetime.

The Role Model Awards Gala would not be possible without the support of our partners, including Platinum Sponsor The Goldring Family Foundation, and Gold Sponsors Lynne Burkart and LCMC Health.

For information about tickets, table purchases, and additional sponsorship opportunities contact Liz Waller, Events & Sponsorship Manager, at or call 504-585-1198. For more information about YLC and to view a list of past Role Model Award recipients, visit