Meet The Honorees
Chiarman Portland Holdings
Michael Lee-Chin, President and Chairman of Portland Holdings (Portland), is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur, whose philosophy of “Doing Well, by Doing Good”, has resulted in extraordinary business success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.
Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica in 1951, Michael immigrates to Canada in 1970, to study civil engineering at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario.
President & CEO United Way Greater Atlanta
MILTON J. LITTLE JR.
Milton J. Little, Jr. became the first African American president of United Way of Greater Atlanta in July 2007. Previously, he served as president of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Little joins a strong legacy of fundraising and collaborative leaders who bring together supportive partners in the for-profit, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors.
Senior Political Correspondent CNN
Abby Phillip is CNN's senior political correspondent and anchor of Inside Politics Sunday, an hour-long in-depth conversation on the week's most important political storylines, with a diverse set of analysts and news-making interviews. She joined the network in 2017 to cover the Trump Administration and served as a White House Correspondent through 2019.
Fox 5 Atlanta Good Day Anchor
Sharon Lawson is an award-winning journalist who joined FOX 5 as an anchor of Good Day Atlanta in September 2017. In April 2019, Sharon was tapped to co-anchor the new 10 a.m. hour of Good Day, in addition to her appearances throughout the rest of the morning newscast. Before coming to FOX 5, Sharon worked for 14 years as an anchor/reporter at NBC 6 in Miami. Sharon’s two-decade career started on South Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Superior Court Judge Clayton County Georgia
HON. JEWEL SCOTT
Elected to The Superior Court of Clayton County, Georgia, on June 9, 2020, The Honorable, Jewel C. Scott now holds a statewide position as a Superior Court Judge of the State of Georgia, Clayton Judicial Circuit.
Previously elected to office in July 2004, attorney Jewel Scott made history when she became the first female African-American District Attorney of the State of Georgia, Clayton Judicial Circuit.
COO City of Atlanta
Lisa Y. Gordon is the Chief Operating Officer for the City of Atlanta. She joined the Dickens administration in February 2022. Gordon is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity where she led one of the highest-producing and impactful affiliates in the country. As a result of her strategic action, she quadrupled the number of families served in four years with a goal to serve over 1,000 additional families in five years. She leveraged a $74 Million balance sheet comprising...
Kaliah Henton-Jones is a native of Kingston, Jamaica. She spent most of her formative years in New York City and Florida. She is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University. Kaliah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
President Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Verónica Maldonado-Torres is the newly appointed President and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a highly versatile and visionary Latina business owner and community leader, Verónica brings her entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity, born from over 60 years of generational entrepreneurship on both sides of her family, to the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GHCC).
CEO and Founder Caribbean Life TV
Lawrence Prescott was born in Guyana, South America, and immigrated to America, where he lived in
New York and New Jersey prior to settling in Atlanta, GA. He is the father to three amazing daughters
and two beautiful grandchildren. Lawrence has worked in the entertainment industry for over 35 years, as a producer, photographer, actor, cameraman, and production assistant in media, theater, and film productions. He is the founder and CEO of Caribbean Life TV group (CLTV)
President Virgin Islands Association of Georgia
Warren Mitchell, is the proud son of St. Lucian father, the late Stanley “Reds” Mitchell, and Dominican mother, Annie Mitchell. He hails from the island of St. Croix, VI, and grew up in the Mecca of Estate Grove Place. He is the loving husband of the beautiful Trinidadian wife Gillian, with whom they have raised three wonderful kids, Nia, Jabari, and Kasim.
CELEBRATING THE DIASPORA