Loveland residents Omari Jahi Aarons and Carmen Diaz will be among the professionals being honored by the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Friday, November 4 at the Salute to YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Gala.
Omari Jahi Aarons
Strong leadership, analytic, and communication skills have helped Aarons excel in his career. He joined Macy’s in 2007 as a member of the company’s Executive Development Program. His experience has included working to establish consistent auditing standards for service representatives and managing a specialized billing adjustment team. Today Aarons is a learning and development director for Stores Loyalty Education where he manages the design and development of educational experiences for credit loyalty programs. Aarons believes values are the building blocks of strong communities and enjoys strengthening lives through his church’s new members’ ministry and commission for young people. He is also a founding member of Xavier University’s Black Alumni Association and an active volunteer with the Obama Campaign.
One of Diaz’s greatest strengths is actually one of her greatest virtues – her pure joy in watching others succeed. In everything she does through work, community service and her personal relationships it is that sense of caring that brings out the best in those around her. As Credit Customer Service Manager at Macy’s, she oversees two supervisors and 17 credit customer service representatives. Diaz motivates and encourages them by listening and offering constructive, fair feedback. She participates in many charitable company events not only because she believe in the causes, but also to be a role model to others. Outside of work, Diaz is active in her church and volunteers on its FreeStore/FoodBank Committee spending Saturday mornings sorting food for those in need.
Featured at this year’s Gala will be artist David Garibaldi, "Known the world over for his unique stage entertainment combining rhythmic music with hip hop moves as he transforms a blank canvas into a graffiti-style masterpiece."
The YMCA Salute Gala raises critical funding for the YMCA Teen Achievers Program that motivates students of color to further their education and goals with help from successful, professional role models.
DATE – Friday, November 4, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE – Bank of Kentucky Center, NKU Campus
WHY – to celebrate the success of young people when positive adult role models inspire young minds AND to raise funds for the YMCA Black & Latino Achievers Program
COST - $100 per seat
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