27th Annual celebration gala

Youth INC held its benefit gala honoring Adena Friedman, President and CEO of Nasdaq, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award.

HONORING
ADENA FRIEDMAN

Past Event: Monday, November 8, 2021

Youth INC honored ADENA FRIEDMAN with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award
Youth INC is proud to have honored Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, with the John C. Whitehead Leadership Award at its 27th Annual Celebration Gala. The award was presented in recognition of her distinguished leadership in advancing diversity, social responsibility, and inclusive board governance, and Nasdaq’s long-standing support. 

About Adena Friedman

Read the event press release
Watch Adena Friedman’s Tribute Video
Watch the fireside chat with Adena Friedman and John Waldron

ABOUT CELEBRATION

For the past 27 years, Youth INC has coached New York City's most promising grassroots nonprofits on how to develop their organizational capacity and evolve their programs to meet the needs of the youth they serve. 

This year we will continue fulfilling our mission to empower these organizations with the funds raised through our virtual Celebration Gala. Help us raise our city by supporting incredible youth-development nonprofits. 
our sponsors

CelebrATION VICe-CHAIRS

Stanley Smith, America on Tech
Stephanie Cohen
Global Co-Head of Consumer and Wealth Management
Goldman Sachs
Carmine DiSibio, EY
Carmine Di Sibio
Global Chairman & CEO
EY
Jeff Holzschuh, Morgan Stanley
Jeff Holzschuh
Chair of the Institutional Securities Group
Morgan Stanley
Kristin Lemkau, Chief Executive Officer at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management
Kristin Lemkau
Chief Executive Officer
J.P. Morgan Wealth Management
Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports Group
Dan Lovinger
Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales & Sponsorships
NBC Sports Group
Stanley Smith, America on Tech
Alison Mass
Chairman of the Investment Banking Division
Goldman Sachs
Steve Orr, Orr Group
Steve Orr
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Orr Group
Dhananjay Pai, P. Schoenfeld Asset Management
Dhananjay Pai
President & COO
P. Schoenfeld Asset Management
Richard Schifter, TPG Capital
Richard Schifter
Senior Advisor
TPG Capital
Alan Schwartz, Guggenheim Partners
Alan Schwartz
Executive Chairman
Guggenheim Partners
George Stamas, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
George Stamas
Partner
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Paul Taubman, PJT Partners
Paul J. Taubman
Founder, Chairman & CEO
PJT Partners
Janet Truncale, EY Americas Financial Services Organization (FSO)
Janet Truncale
Vice Chair and Regional Managing Partner
EY Americas Financial Services Organization (FSO)
Ted Virtue, MidOcean Partners
Ted Virtue
Founder & CEO
MidOcean Partners
Stanley Smith, America on Tech
John Waldron
President & COO
Goldman Sachs
Stanley Smith, America on Tech
Jonathan Weiss
CEO of Corporate & Investment Banking
Wells Fargo
Stanley Smith, America on Tech
Mrs. John C. Whitehead

Event Co-Chairs

  • Anu Aiyengar, Co-head of Global M&A, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • William Derrough, Managing Director and Co-Head of Recapitalization and Restructuring Group, Moelis & Company
  • Stratton Heath, Partner, Oak Hill Capital
  • Douglas Kaden, Managing Partner, SDC Capital Partners
  • Barbara Marcin, Board Vice President, Youth INC
  • Kathleen McCabe, Partner, PJT Partners
  • Emmett McCann, Managing Director, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Robert McCooey, Senior Vice President, Nasdaq
  • Amy Miller, Managing Director and Global Head of Loan Syndications, Scotiabank
  • Daniel Pine, Managing Principal, CS Capital Advisors
  • Kenneth Prince, Head of Capital Markets, Advent International Corporation
  • Adrianne Shapira, Managing Director, Eurazeo
  • Mai Shiver, Chief Compliance Officer, AIG
  • Wray Thorn, Founder and CEO, Clear Heights Capital
  • Evan Wildstein, Partner, Kohlberg & Company

Benefit committee

  • Sid Assomull, Chief Operating Officer, Bank of America
  • Jeb Bent, Investment Director, Capital Group
  • Dan Gardella, Director, Financial Sponsors Group, William Blair
  • Jeanette Gorgas, Board Director, Youth INC

Past HONOREES

Roger Ferguson

TIAA
2020 Honoree

Alan D. Schwartz

Guggenheim Partners
2019 Honoree

Dhananjay M. Pai

P. Schoenfeld Asset Management
2018 Honoree

George P. Stamas

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
2018 Honoree

Evan & Amy Wildstein

2017 Honoree

Wray Thorn & Melissa Francis

2017 Honoree

Jeffrey R. Holzschuh

Morgan Stanley
2016 Honoree

Paul J. Taubman

PJT Partners
2015 Honoree

John E. Waldron

 Goldman, Sachs & Co.
2014 Honoree

Alexander Navab

 KKR & Co., L.P.
2013 Honoree

Jonathan G. Weiss

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
2012 Honoree

Win Neuger

AIG
2011 Honoree
See the full list

Roger Ferguson

TIAA

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company

Evan Wildstein

Board Co-President,
Kohlberg & Company
See the full list

SISTER TESA

Lifetime Achievement Award

Youth INC celebrated a lifetime of achievements of SISTER TESA FITZGERALD, CSJ, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Hour Children

Nonprofit Partner: Hour Children

Hour Children's mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent, and secure lives.

The Hour: Hour Children’s name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification.

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Hour Children

sister tesa

Youth INC celebrates the life and legacy of SISTER TESA FITZGERALD, CSJ, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Hour Children

Nonprofit Partner: Hour Children

Hour Children's mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent, and secure lives.

The Hour: Hour Children’s name acknowledges the key hours that impact the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of her arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of their reunification.

Our TOP Sponsors

premier Sponsors

Canaccord Genuity
EY
Goldman Sachs
Barbara Marcin
Barbara Marcin
Nasdaq
RBC Capital Markets
Nancy & Alan Schwartz
Nancy & Alan Schwartz
Amanda & John Waldron
Amanda & John Waldron

TITANIUM Sponsor

Stratton & Rhonda Heath
Stratton & Rhonda Heath
Verafin
Jamie King, Brendan Brothers and Raymond Pretty on behalf of Verafin

Diamond Sponsors

Antares Capital, L.P.
Barbara Asch & Jonathan Weiss
Barbara Asch & Jonathan Weiss
Citi
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
JPMorgan Chase & Co
John & Stephanie Connaughton
John & Stephanie Connaughton
Jon Winkelried
Jon Winkelried
News Corp
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
PayPal
Spectrum Equity
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

platinum Sponsors

Anu Aiyengar
Anu Aiyengar
Alcentra
Alvarez & Marsal
American Airlines
Bank of America
Joseph Baratta
Joseph Baratta
Brian Cherry
Brian Cherry
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Hana & Kelvin Davis
Hana & Kelvin Davis
Deloitte
FX & Natasha de Mallmann
FX & Natasha de Mallmann
William Q. Derrough
William Q. Derrough
Judy & Jamie Dimon
Judy & Jamie Dimon
Dow
Daniel S. Evans
Daniel S. Evans
Freshfields
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP
Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
Gladstone Place Partners
Gray Foundation
Jeffrey & Mary Helen Holzschuh
Jeffrey & Mary Helen Holzschuh
KPMG LLP
Douglas M. Kaden
Douglas M. Kaden
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Brian & Beth Levine
Brian & Beth Levine
Steve Lipin
Steve Lipin
Kathleen McCabe & Dana LaForge
Kathleen McCabe & Dana LaForge
Emmett McCann
Emmett McCann
Milbank LLP
Stephen & Carol Orr
Stephen & Carol Orr
P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP
PJT Partners
Heena & Dhananjay M. Pai
Heena & Dhananjay M. Pai
Perella Weinberg Partners
Daniel Pine & Lindsey Acree
Daniel Pine & Lindsey Acree
Ken Prince
Ken Prince
RelPro
Silver Lake Partners
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell
Edward Tam
Edward Tam
Wray Thorn & Melissa Francis
Wray Thorn & Melissa Francis
United Airlines
Verizon Foundation
Ted & Dani Virtue
Ted & Dani Virtue
Timothy & Mary Walsh
Timothy & Mary Walsh
Amy & Evan Wildstein
Amy & Evan Wildstein
RUBY SPONSORS
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • BNP Paribas
  • Rodney & Caryn Cohen
  • John & Stephanie Connaughton
  • Credit Suisse
  • Mark Dimilia
  • Evercore
  • Annette Nazareth & Roger Ferguson
  • FTI Consulting
  • Jeanette Gorgas
  • Alan & Carrie Holtz
  • Kohl's
  • Robert H. McCooey, Jr.
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Amy Miller
  • Mark Montgomery
  • MUFG
  • Oaktree Capital Management
  • Ports America
  • Adrianne Shapira
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Valuation Research Corporation
  • Neil Wolitzer
BRONZE SPONSORS
  • American Express
  • Blue Owl Capital
  • Crystal & Company
  • Churchill Asset Management LLC
  • CIT Healthcare Finance
  • CVC Capital Partners
  • GCM Grosvenor Private Markets
  • Golub Capital
  • Harris Williams & Company
  • Indus Valley Partners Corp
  • Jefferies LLC
  • Mardal Investments
  • Moelis & Company
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • New Mountain Capital LLC
  • Nest Frangrances
  • Notch Partners
  • Oak Hill Advisors
  • Sawaya Partners
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • TD Securities
  • Stephanie Altman
  • Steven Barnes
  • Jonathan Bilzin
  • David Blitzer
  • Peter Boneparth
  • Paige Costigan
  • James Christopoulos
  • Maria Dempsey
  • Daniel Doctoroff
  • David Eisman
  • Peter Georgescu
  • Michael Graziano
  • Claudette Kraus
  • Kathleen Metinko
  • Allison and Roberto Mignone
  • David Mussafer
  • Thomas Nakashian
  • Meghan Sencabaugh
  • David Solomon
  • Mai Shiver
  • Gurvinder Singh
  • Mark Whaling

supporting our nonprofit partners

Raising Our City
Youth INC accelerates the most promising youth-development organizations across New York City. Our 75+ nonprofit partners deliver high-caliber programming to more than 200,000 young people. Our partners provide access to opportunity for youth to build the skills and confidence needed to succeed in life.

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