The Icons: HYPE's Emerging Leader Awards 2018

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Name: The Icons: HYPE's Emerging Leader Awards 2018
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Join HYPE at the annual Icons Awards Show as we recognize young professionals for their early career success and companies killing it with YP culture.  This party will bring YPs and executives from all around Richmond together to celebrate the finalists and honor the winners. 

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, artist Noah Scalin and our host and comedian Micah “Bam-Bamm” White.

Micah “Bam-Bamm” White is the Executive Director of The Central Virginia African American Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his appointment, White operated RVA Has Talent, which showcases local aspiring entertainers. On the side, he has spent over 20 years in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, host, and philanthropist. Through his various efforts, White’s mission is simple: to use comedy and entertainment to find common ground by bridging racial, religious, socioeconomic, and generational gaps.

Noah Scalin is the first artist-in-residence at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. He is creator of the Webby Award winning project Skull-A-Day and the collaborative science fiction universe & performance art project League of Space Pirates. His fine art has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Mütter Museum and Krause Gallery in NYC. He is the author of six books, including most recently Creative Sprint – which he co-wrote with his sister/business partner Mica Scalin. 

  Please join us in congratulating the 2018 finalists.  

The Innovator Non Profit:

  • Alyssa Truesdale, Director of Development, Special Olympics Virginia
  • Emily Lehmann, Assistant Vice President of Day and Residential Services, The Greater Richmond ARC
  • Melissa Phillips, Director of Race Operations, The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation

The Innovator Business:

  • Joey Darragh, Co-Founder and CEO, Vasen Brewing Company
  • Tom Katovsich, Senior Financial Education Specialist, Virginia Credit Union
  • Virginia Mathurin, Underwriter: Environmental & Energy Wholesale G&A, Markel Corporation

The Front Runner Non Profit:

  • Alicia Broughton, Teacher,  Hanover County Public Schools
  • Danielle Gilbert, Director of Human Resources, Bon Secours Health System
  • Meredith Privott, Assistant Professor, John Tyler Community College

The Front Runner Business:

  • Amy Stinnett, Customer Projects Designer, Dominion Energy
  • Caitlin Friebertshauser, Marketing Coordinator, Barton Malow
  • Joe Williams, Senior Specialist Internal Communications, Altria

Small Business YP Workplace:

  • 3north
  • The Frontier Project
  • UrbanCore

Large Business YP Workplace:

  • Cherry Bekaert
  • Dominion Payroll
  • EAB


TICKETS are on sale now! For more information about purchasing tables at the event please email

Heavy appetizers and open bar included with ticket.

Event Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor

Leadership Programs Presenting Sponsor

NonProfit and Government Award Presenting Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Beer Tasting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

The Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W. Broad St
Richmond VA 23220

On-site parking available.
Date/Time Information:
Thursday, February 22nd

6:00-6:45PM Reception
7:00-8:00PM Awards Ceremony
8:00-10:00PM Celebration
Contact Information:
Sarah Skrocki
$75.00 for HYPE subscribers & $95.00 for non subscribers.

$850.00 Corporate Tickets (eight tickets) are also available for purchase. Benefits of purchasing a table are marketing in our programs and slideshow as well as a reserved table in the front.  Please contact Sarah Skrocki at to provide a list of attendee names.  

Advance registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 21st, 2018.

At-the-door rate, $75.00 Chamber members & $95.00 for non members.
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