cathy award 2017

Cathy Northington, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Programs, Leadership & Diversity at the Mississippi Economic Council, was recently named the 2017 Young, Gifted & Empowered Leader of the Year.

She was honored at the 2017 Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards on Saturday, March 4 at Jackson Preparatory School. The Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards are a product of Savvy Lifestyle Magazine.

2017 marks the third year for the Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards (YG&E), presented by Patty Peck Honda.

YG&E recognizes exceptional young African American professionals from Mississippi who are champions in the arts, business, philanthropy, education, innovation and leadership. Additionally, the honorees are between the age 25-45 and have demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to excellence and community service; a high level of character, leadership, and innovation.

Other 2017 honorees are: Dr. Roderick Jackson, Innovator of the Year; Chef Nick Wallace, Philanthropist of the Year; Dr. Rodney Washington, Educator of the Year; Dr. Olurotimi Badero, Entrepreneur of the Year; and Sheena Allen, Innovator of the Year.