BRAG 47TH ANNUAL
SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS GALA
635 WEST 42nd STREET, NEW YORK
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

Honorees



HOST

SHEINELLE JONES

CO-ANCHOR, “WEEKEND TODAY”



Sheinelle Jones is a co-anchor of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and a mid-week correspondent for “TODAY”. She is also an anchor on weekend editions of “MSNBC Live.”


Since joining TODAY in October 2014, Jones has covered a variety of human interest stories, including: the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama; Ryan Ferguson, a young man who spent 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit; Betty Reid Soskin, an African American woman who is the country’s oldest living park ranger; and backstage interviews at New York Fashion Week.


Jones is also a contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team, a multi-platform community where she shares about her life as a “multi-tasking mom” and interacts with viewers around the country.


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KAHLANA BARFIELD BROWN

Fashion & Beauty editor at Large, InStyle



Fashion insider. Style savant. Beauty correspondent. Kahlana Barfield Brown has carved a niche for herself in the ever-evolving, uber-competitive world of fashion and beauty that transcends traditional titles. From writing countless feature stories to reporting live on the red-carpet, over the course of her career, Brown has earned the distinction of respected journalist and emerged as a staple among the industry.


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Victor Cruz

NFL SUPER BOWL CHAMPION & PRO BOWL WIDE RECEIVER



Victor Cruz is both a NFL Super Bowl champion and Pro Bowl Receiver for the NFL. Growing up in Paterson, NJ - just a few miles from the Giants’ home field at MetLife Stadium - football was always Victor’s first love. He was an all-state receiver for Paterson Catholic High School and went on to win a State Championship with the Cougars. After graduating from high school, Victor accepted a scholarship to the University of Massachusetts where he earned more athletic accolades and was ranked as high as 13th in the NCAA for receiving yards per game.


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Matthew Harris (Mateo)

Designer & Founder, MATEO New York



Born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the son of a seamstress . He arrived to the US at the age of 16 to attend Southern New Hampshire University to complete a B.S in Hospitality Management. After completing his studies, he discovered his true passion in New York City- the art of Jewelry making. Being a self-taught designer, he spent much of his time in the jewelry district learning and perfecting the craft.


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SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT

Founder and CEO, Center for Talent Innovation



Sylvia Ann Hewlett, is the founder and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, and the founder of Hewlett Consulting Partners LLC. The co-director of the Women's Leadership Program at the Columbia Business School, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Association. An economist with 20 years of experience in global talent management, Hewlett has particularly focused on the "power of difference" and the challenges and opportunities faced by women, minorities and other previously excluded groups. She has forged a signature style of enquiry which blends hard data and rigorous analysis with concrete solutions and on-the-ground action.


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James C. Rhee

Executive Chairman and CEO, ASHLEY STEWART



Mr. Rhee is an impact-focused entrepreneur, investor, operator and educator. As both CEO and investment firm founder, Mr. Rhee has generated market-leading returns by creating bespoke capital and operational solutions through the contemporaneous application of algorithmic, technologic and cultural change. He has a uniquely diverse network and knowledge base spanning the private equity, retail/consumer, venture and media/technology communities. At Ashley Stewart, as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Rhee has authored and executed upon an innovative complement of CRM, digital and organizational changes that have transformed a twice bankrupt, unprofitable brick-and-mortar retailer with decades of operating losses into an industry leader founded upon a values-based, social commerce paradigm. FirePine Group, the investment firm he founded in 2009, has successfully fueled transformative change in multiple enterprises, including Ashley Stewart.


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