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2023 Annual Meeting and Diversity Awards

December 7, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 70th Anniversary”

San Diego, CA — In the spirit of its overarching mission of empowering communities and changing lives, the Urban League of San Diego County (ULSDC) held its Annual Meeting and Diversity Awards celebrating Standing on the Shoulders of Giants on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at the US Grant Hotel, downtown, San Diego, to recognize change agents and pioneers of diversity and equity in the region.

Al Abdallah, President, and CEO of the ULSDC, said, “The work of the Urban League is not done by our organization alone. Over the years, our community has been blessed with leaders who have worked as instruments of change through their personal commitments. We are proud to highlight and honor their work to increase diversity and equity for residents across the region. This is a time that we should be uplifting and celebrating the work and leadership who move the needle forward related to diversity and equity.  This event helps our organization raise funds needed to support our programs so that we can continue to positively impact and empower our participants in helping themselves secure the American Dream of economic stability, sustainable housing, and equal rights, and we must prepare our youth who are the future. I must extend a distinct thank you to Larry S. Reed, our Board Chair, and CEO, of Impact Advisory Group, LLC, who continuously provides advice and guidance during these times.  In addition, with special thanks to one of our Board members and Mandate Records, we were fortunate to add the famous entertainers The BusBoys, Erisa Nicole featuring Daneen Wilburn and  as a special guest.”

Larry S. Reed congratulated Al Abdallah the President and CEO of the Urban League of San Diego County and the staff team for 70 years of service.  Also, announced, Stephanie Love Payne, as the newst Board member.

The Urban League of San Diego County (ULSDC) is committed to serving underrepresented populations and their families through its core programmatic areas of economic development & housing, education & youth development, workforce development, and health & wellness. The Urban League of San Diego will be celebrating its recent accomplishments and results in the areas of parenting, employment, and financial asset building for re-entry, the homeless, and youth.

There was a testimonial message by Trinity Ansley, Chair, Youth Leadership Council, Project Ready, who shared how the Urban League affected her life with the college and career readiness programs under the Education and Youth Development activities.  Larry S. Reed, the Board Chair, and Al Abdallah provided program successes and special thank you information.  Companies such as US Bank,  Sycuan Casino Resort, and LISC San Diego provided support and partnership for the program.  Kazeem Omidji and Bianca Shaw served as Masters of Ceremonies.  Mandate Records provided all of the audio, visual, and technical assistance of the program production.

Here are the names of the 2023 Honorees:

  1. Helen N. Robbins-Meyers, County of San Diego
  2. Suzanne Afflalo, M.D., IWC Primary Care
  3. Linda Doughty, CALSOAP San Diego & Imperial Counties
  4. Bank of America
  5. ABC 10 News San Diego
  6. County of San Diego Black Chamber

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December 7, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Urban League of San Diego County
(619) 266-6265
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US Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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(619) 232-3121
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