Who We Are

The Columbus Urban League Young Professionals is a network of urban young professionals ages 21-40 that functions as an auxiliary group of the Columbus Urban League and also a chapter of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). 


The Mission

The mission of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals (CULYP) is to serve as a base of support for the Columbus Urban League and their respective initiatives, promote the overall mission of the Columbus Urban League and a comprehensive orientation to the National Urban League movement for young professionals in the Columbus community.


The Vision

CULYP is a vehicle for young professionals looking for an opportunity to serve the local community as well as engage in impactful activities and programming that encourages personal, professional, and social growth. It is the goal of our organization to build a strong pipeline of future leaders and connect young professionals both within the local community and also across the nation through our affiliations with the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP).


The Movement

The CULYP movement encompasses ongoing work in the areas of Civic & Community Engagement, Personal & Professional Development, Social & Cultural Events, Education Initiatives and Philanthropy. It is our goal to inspire young professionals to pursue opportunities in Community Service and Civic Engagement, assist in mentoring and preparing the next generation through our Education Initiatives, provide unique and innovative activities that will enhance the young professional Social and Cultural experience, empowering young professionals to exercise Philanthropy and become key stakeholders in the advancement and success of our community by giving with their time, talent, and most importantly financial resources, while also focusing on the personal and professional growth of Columbus young professionals through meaningful Personal and Professional Development programming. 


Core Values

  • National Urban league Young Professionals Five Point Focus
  • Education and Youth Empowerment
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Health and Quality of Life Empowerment
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Empowerment
  • Civil Rights and Racial Justice Empowerment
 

Meet the Executive Board

Our goal is to uplift the young leaders in the City of Columbus and provide an opportunity to teach and learn from one another.

Habiba K. Bankston President culyp.president@cul.org A native of Brooklyn, New York, Habiba holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Ecology, concentration Human Nutrition in Community Health with a minor in Public Health from The Ohio State University. Since completing her undergraduate degree in 2010, Habiba has remained committed to supporting the buckeye community as a dedicated employee of the Ohio State University. Habiba has a strong foundation of experience in Event Coordination, Multicultural Wellness Initiatives, African & African American Student Initiatives, Leadership Development and Donor Relations. In 2013, she took on the challenge of developing and leading the strategic vision, planning and implementation of the first ever Stewardship & Donor Relations area for the Office of Student Life, one of the largest divisions at The Ohio State University. Upon completion of establishing the Stewardship & Donor Relations area for the Office of Student Life at Ohio State, Habiba transitioned to her current role as Senior Community Relations Specialist for L Brands, where she is responsible for the management of associate engagement programs, community relations and philanthropic investments for the L Brands home office communities. In addition to her professional work, Habiba is passionate about volunteerism and service to her community. Habiba is an alumna of the African American Leadership Academy and the Chase Gen Y Leadership Academy through the YWCA Columbus. She is dedicated to various causes and community organizations. Her community involvement includes serving as an advocate for the growth, development and empowerment of women, a thought leader on young professional’s interests, experiences, and priorities. And most importantly an ambassador for those living with Sickle Cell Disease, frequent blood recipients, pediatric stroke and those struggling with heart health.  Habiba is married to Nick Bankston and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and loves ones in her spare time.

Habiba K. Bankston
President
culyp.president@cul.org

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Habiba holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Ecology, concentration Human Nutrition in Community Health with a minor in Public Health from The Ohio State University. Since completing her undergraduate degree in 2010, Habiba has remained committed to supporting the buckeye community as a dedicated employee of the Ohio State University.
Habiba has a strong foundation of experience in Event Coordination, Multicultural Wellness Initiatives, African & African American Student Initiatives, Leadership Development and Donor Relations. In 2013, she took on the challenge of developing and leading the strategic vision, planning and implementation of the first ever Stewardship & Donor Relations area for the Office of Student Life, one of the largest divisions at The Ohio State University. Upon completion of establishing the Stewardship & Donor Relations area for the Office of Student Life at Ohio State, Habiba transitioned to her current role as Senior Community Relations Specialist for L Brands, where she is responsible for the management of associate engagement programs, community relations and philanthropic investments for the L Brands home office communities.
In addition to her professional work, Habiba is passionate about volunteerism and service to her community. Habiba is an alumna of the African American Leadership Academy and the Chase Gen Y Leadership Academy through the YWCA Columbus. She is dedicated to various causes and community organizations. Her community involvement includes serving as an advocate for the growth, development and empowerment of women, a thought leader on young professional’s interests, experiences, and priorities. And most importantly an ambassador for those living with Sickle Cell Disease, frequent blood recipients, pediatric stroke and those struggling with heart health.
 Habiba is married to Nick Bankston and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and loves ones in her spare time.

Niyah Walters Secretary culyp.secretary@cul.org A Detroit native but she spent her formative years in Toledo, Ohio. Niyah received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Wright State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law with a certificate of concentration in Environmental Law. After law school, she relocated to Columbus to further her career. She has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for one year. Niyah currently serves as an attorney at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she focuses on banking and financial institutions. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter. She is passionate about her community and committed to being the change she wish to see.

Niyah Walters
Secretary

culyp.secretary@cul.org

A Detroit native but she spent her formative years in Toledo, Ohio. Niyah received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Wright State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law with a certificate of concentration in Environmental Law. After law school, she relocated to Columbus to further her career. She has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for one year. Niyah currently serves as an attorney at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she focuses on banking and financial institutions. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter. She is passionate about her community and committed to being the change she wish to see.

Nick Bankston Treasurer culyp.treasurer@cul.org Nick serves as Director of Community Affairs in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Columbus. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Nick is a proud graduate of East High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Nick Bankston
Treasurer

culyp.treasurer@cul.org

Nick serves as Director of Community Affairs in the Office of the Mayor for the City of Columbus.
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Nick is a proud graduate of East High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The Ohio State University.

Currecia Gamble Marketing Chair culyp.marketing@cul.org Currecia is the Community Outreach &  Public Information Officer for the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. Additionally, she has been creating content and marketing efforts for several non profit organizations in the city through her company Convey Social. A University of Cincinnati graduate, Currecia is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter. In 2015, Currecia was recognized as one of 52 Young Professionals to know in the city. When she is not serving in her community, she enjoys reading, shopping and dining at one of the newest restaurants in the city with her husband Patrick.

Currecia Gamble
Marketing Chair

culyp.marketing@cul.org

Currecia is the Community Outreach &  Public Information Officer for the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. Additionally, she has been creating content and marketing efforts for several non profit organizations in the city through her company Convey Social. A University of Cincinnati graduate, Currecia is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Columbus (OH) Alumnae Chapter. In 2015, Currecia was recognized as one of 52 Young Professionals to know in the city. When she is not serving in her community, she enjoys reading, shopping and dining at one of the newest restaurants in the city with her husband Patrick.

 
Membership Co-Chair culyp.membership@cul.org *Send your resume to culyp.secretary@cul.org by September 1, 2017


Membership Co-Chair
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*Send your resume to culyp.secretary@cul.org by
September 1, 2017

Lauren McBride Membership Co-Chair culyp.membership@cul.org Lauren McBride serves as an Implementation Specialist at Learning Circle Education Services where she is responsible for sales, training, and implementation of a student tracking application. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a focus on child development from birth through adolescence from Miami University and a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. A Columbus, Ohio native, Lauren enjoys exploring the city and volunteering at community events.

Lauren McBride
Membership Co-Chair

culyp.membership@cul.org

Lauren McBride serves as an Implementation Specialist at Learning Circle Education Services where she is responsible for sales, training, and implementation of a student tracking application. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a focus on child development from birth through adolescence from Miami University and a M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. A Columbus, Ohio native, Lauren enjoys exploring the city and volunteering at community events.

Nitina Kolliesuah Community Service Chair culyp.civic-community@cul.org Nitina Kolliesuah was born and raised here in Columbus Ohio, attending Bishop Hartley High and transitioning to Indiana to attend Ball State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Business. In December of 2016, she completed her Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. She currently works as a Pricing Analyst for Ashland LLC where she has been for 5 years. In her spare time, you can find her planning events around the city with her company BurgundyGinger Events. She loves sports, any DIY project and House of Cards. She is excited about the impact she will have the opportunity to make as the Co-Chair for Civic and Community Engagement committee.

Nitina Kolliesuah
Community Service Chair
culyp.civic-community@cul.org

Nitina Kolliesuah was born and raised here in Columbus Ohio, attending Bishop Hartley High and transitioning to Indiana to attend Ball State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in International Business. In December of 2016, she completed her Master of Business Administration from Ohio Dominican University. She currently works as a Pricing Analyst for Ashland LLC where she has been for 5 years. In her spare time, you can find her planning events around the city with her company BurgundyGinger Events. She loves sports, any DIY project and House of Cards. She is excited about the impact she will have the opportunity to make as the Co-Chair for Civic and Community Engagement committee.

Latoya Peterson Civic Engagement Chair culyp.civic-engagement@cul.org A native of Warren, OH, Peterson was raised in Worthington. In addition to her Juris Doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Akron in political science and criminology with a pre-law minor. Currently she is an account manager at New Visions Group where she utilizes her experience in management, human resources, advocacy and government to benefit NVG clients.

Latoya Peterson
Civic Engagement Chair

culyp.civic-engagement@cul.org

A native of Warren, OH, Peterson was raised in Worthington. In addition to her Juris Doctorate, she holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Akron in political science and criminology with a pre-law minor. Currently she is an account manager at New Visions Group where she utilizes her experience in management, human resources, advocacy and government to benefit NVG clients.

Greg Glasser Development Co-Chair culyp.development@cul.org Greg Glasser is a proud native of Central Ohio and his passion for the city of Columbus ultimately led him to become a part of CULYP.  He currently works for the Dispatch Media Group as a Digital Marketing Specialist.  He has been with The Dispatch since 2013.  For college, Greg graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Ohio University in 2011.  Outside of work, Greg enjoys the dining and nightlife scene in Columbus, going to live music shows, playing basketball and staying active.

Greg Glasser
Development Co-Chair
culyp.development@cul.org

Greg Glasser is a proud native of Central Ohio and his passion for the city of Columbus ultimately led him to become a part of CULYP.  He currently works for the Dispatch Media Group as a Digital Marketing Specialist.  He has been with The Dispatch since 2013.  For college, Greg graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Ohio University in 2011.  Outside of work, Greg enjoys the dining and nightlife scene in Columbus, going to live music shows, playing basketball and staying active.

Tiara Ross Development Co-Chair culyp.development@cul.org Tiara is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University where she graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Strategic Communication. Tiara received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, which she has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for nearly 5 years. Tiara currently works as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator in the Global Financial Crimes Compliance division of JPMorgan Chase Bank. Her commitment to education and the spiritual, mental, and overall well-being of the youth community has afforded her several opportunities to speak to young people, youth advisors, clergy, and parents in various venues.

Tiara Ross
Development Co-Chair
culyp.development@cul.org

Tiara is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University where she graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Strategic Communication. Tiara received her Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, which she has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for nearly 5 years. Tiara currently works as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator in the Global Financial Crimes Compliance division of JPMorgan Chase Bank. Her commitment to education and the spiritual, mental, and overall well-being of the youth community has afforded her several opportunities to speak to young people, youth advisors, clergy, and parents in various venues.

Taylor Simon Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair culyp.prof-development@cul.org Taylor is a Columbus native and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Upon receiving her BA in Strategic Communication she decided to pursue her passion for retail. She currently serves as an Assistant Merchant for Bath and Body Works, an extension of the LBrands family. She is also a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time she enjoys being an active member of her community by participating in events like Pelotonia and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is passionate about personal health and the constant pursuit of development.

Taylor Simon
Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair
culyp.prof-development@cul.org

Taylor is a Columbus native and a graduate of The Ohio State University. Upon receiving her BA in Strategic Communication she decided to pursue her passion for retail. She currently serves as an Assistant Merchant for Bath and Body Works, an extension of the LBrands family. She is also a dedicated member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time she enjoys being an active member of her community by participating in events like Pelotonia and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is passionate about personal health and the constant pursuit of development.

Chanel Nelson Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair culyp.prof-development@cul.org Chanel Nelson is an HR Generalist with Continental Office. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. Six years ago, she moved to Ohio from Georgia to start her career at Honda in the world of talent management where she traveled across the U.S. to source, interview and hire prospective candidates for Honda's R&D facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. In 2014, she took on the challenge of being the HR representative responsible for starting the first US based supercar plant for Honda where the 2017 Acura NSX was born. Upon completion of the project, Nelson transitioned to her current role where she is responsible for all recruiting, development and workforce planning efforts for Continental Office’s Columbus, Toledo and Pittsburgh locations. She is married to Michael Nelson and has a four-legged “DOGhter” (maltese) named Bella.

Chanel Nelson
Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair
culyp.prof-development@cul.org

Chanel Nelson is an HR Generalist with Continental Office. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management. Six years ago, she moved to Ohio from Georgia to start her career at Honda in the world of talent management where she traveled across the U.S. to source, interview and hire prospective candidates for Honda's R&D facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. In 2014, she took on the challenge of being the HR representative responsible for starting the first US based supercar plant for Honda where the 2017 Acura NSX was born. Upon completion of the project, Nelson transitioned to her current role where she is responsible for all recruiting, development and workforce planning efforts for Continental Office’s Columbus, Toledo and Pittsburgh locations. She is married to Michael Nelson and has a four-legged “DOGhter” (maltese) named Bella.

Saphir Niakadié  Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair culyp.prof-development@cul.org Saphir Niakadié is originally from the Ivory Coast and moved to the states (NYC) at 10 years old. She has always had a passion for the sciences, the arts and dedicating herself to others. All these attributes have shaped the young woman she is today. She obtained her Bachelors in Biology and Business administration and continued her Graduate Studies in Healthcare Administration. Now living in Columbus, she is working towards her goal: to make healthcare a right not a privilege, in underserved communities and impoverished countries. She is also passionate about cooking to bring people together, capturing moments as a self-taught photographer and traveling to new places.

Saphir Niakadié 
Personal & Professional Development Co-Chair
culyp.prof-development@cul.org

Saphir Niakadié is originally from the Ivory Coast and moved to the states (NYC) at 10 years old. She has always had a passion for the sciences, the arts and dedicating herself to others. All these attributes have shaped the young woman she is today. She obtained her Bachelors in Biology and Business administration and continued her Graduate Studies in Healthcare Administration. Now living in Columbus, she is working towards her goal: to make healthcare a right not a privilege, in underserved communities and impoverished countries. She is also passionate about cooking to bring people together, capturing moments as a self-taught photographer and traveling to new places.

Elijah Carter Social & Cultural Events Co-Chair culyp.events@cul.org Elijah Carter works as the ASM of Selling for Victoria's Secret. The Columbus, Ohio native earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration specializing in Marketing, from The Ohio State Max Fisher College of Business. He also has a passion for philanthropy and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle.

Elijah Carter
Social & Cultural Events Co-Chair

culyp.events@cul.org

Elijah Carter works as the ASM of Selling for Victoria's Secret. The Columbus, Ohio native earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration specializing in Marketing, from The Ohio State Max Fisher College of Business. He also has a passion for philanthropy and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle.

Chevonne Harris Social & Cultural Events Co-Chair culyp.events@cul.org Specializing in brand management, communications and culture, Chevonne Harris currently serves as the Communication Consultant for PMM Agency, a nationally award-winning, full-service, marcom agency. At PMM Chevonne drives the public relations, interactive media and marketing, creating results-driven strategies for Fortune 100 companies, national/celebrity influencers, non-profit organizations and government/private sector entities. Chevonne also leads PMM’s talent management, specializing in talent procurement and contract negotiations.

Chevonne Harris
Social & Cultural Events Co-Chair
culyp.events@cul.org

Specializing in brand management, communications and culture,
Chevonne Harris currently serves as the Communication Consultant for PMM Agency, a nationally award-winning, full-service, marcom agency. At PMM Chevonne drives the public relations, interactive media and marketing, creating results-driven strategies for Fortune 100 companies, national/celebrity influencers, non-profit organizations and government/private sector entities. Chevonne also leads PMM’s talent management, specializing in talent procurement and contract negotiations.

Tarah Muhammad YP Weekend Ad-Hoc Committee Co-Chair Tarah Muhammad is a native of Philadelphia, PA and was raised in Springfield, OH and Columbus, OH. She obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where she double-majored in Marketing and Real Estate and minored in City and Regional Planning. During her time at Ohio State, Tarah became a proud founding member of the Pi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc, where she has been able to provide a mechanism of empowerment to women on campus. Currently, Tarah is a Credit Analyst at Huntington National Bank. She is passionate about the empowerment of women and minorities, urban development, entrepreneurship and financial education. In her free time, Tarah enjoys traveling, and cooking.

Tarah Muhammad
YP Weekend Ad-Hoc Committee Co-Chair

Tarah Muhammad is a native of Philadelphia, PA and was raised in Springfield, OH and Columbus, OH. She obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, where she double-majored in Marketing and Real Estate and minored in City and Regional Planning. During her time at Ohio State, Tarah became a proud founding member of the Pi Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc, where she has been able to provide a mechanism of empowerment to women on campus. Currently, Tarah is a Credit Analyst at Huntington National Bank. She is passionate about the empowerment of women and minorities, urban development, entrepreneurship and financial education. In her free time, Tarah enjoys traveling, and cooking.

Niyah Walters YP Weekend Ad-Hoc Committee Co-Chair A Detroit native but she spent her formative years in Toledo, Ohio. Niyah received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Wright State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law with a certificate of concentration in Environmental Law. After law school, she relocated to Columbus to further her career. She has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for one year. Niyah currently serves as an attorney at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she focuses on banking and financial institutions. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter. She is passionate about her community and committed to being the change she wish to see.

Niyah Walters
YP Weekend Ad-Hoc Committee Co-Chair

A Detroit native but she spent her formative years in Toledo, Ohio. Niyah received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish from Wright State University. She earned her Juris Doctor from University of Toledo College of Law with a certificate of concentration in Environmental Law. After law school, she relocated to Columbus to further her career. She has been a licensed attorney and member of the Ohio State Bar for one year. Niyah currently serves as an attorney at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission where she focuses on banking and financial institutions. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Alpha Omega Chapter. She is passionate about her community and committed to being the change she wish to see.

 

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