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Rising Stars Awards New York


Celebrate our Young New Yorkers of Excellence with the National Advisory Council

Join A Better Chance's National Advisory Council on September 18 at Taj II Lounge from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and recognize the talent and achievements of our exceptional young Alumni and friends of A Better Chance. 2019 Rising Stars Awards New York will bring together the best and the brightest of our vast Alumni community for a celebration of progress in creating new paths for people of color in America. The event is open to friends of A Better Chance, corporate partners, parents and other members of the community and will feature an open bar reception, live DJ, and silent auction. You do not need to be an Alumni to attend, we welcome everyone to join us in celebration.

Our Honoree


Shani Sandy
Miss Porter's School, 1996

Shani Sandy is a creative leader who empowers businesses to achieve their goals through the dynamic power of design. As a multidisciplinary designer working at the intersection of creativity, technology, and business, Shani’s leadership and expertise elevates brands through a relentless dedication to design principles, practices, and most importantly, people.

Today, Shani is a Design Executive at IBM leading design-driven transformation. Her focus is advancing the design discipline and design thinking throughout the business with an emphasis on delivering superior client experiences and innovation. Prior to joining IBM, Shani was the Executive Creative Director at S&P Global in New York City, where she built an in-house agency that led the enterprise-wide Creative Strategy, Communication Design, and UX practices. 

Shani is actively engaged in the creative and design community and has a passion for nurturing emerging talent. She has been honored by GDUSA’s as one of its “People to Watch” and The Network Journal’s 40 under 40. Shani currently sits on the advisory board for Rutgers’ Design Thinking and EDGE’s Center of Career Development. Previously, she served on boards for InSource and the Bronx Charter School for the Arts.

Shani is a native of New York City and was raised in Brooklyn, NY.



Taj II Lounge 
48 W 21st Street 
New York, NY 10010


September 18, 2019
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


For more information about Rising Stars Awards New York or to answer any questions you may have, contact events@abetterchance.org or call 646-346-1377.

About A Better Chance

A Better Chance works to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.

Since our inception in 1963, A Better Chance has graduated over 16,000 individuals. These Alumni have gone on to become policy makers, CEOs, academics, innovators and more. 

Join the Rising Stars Awards Auction!

Meet the National Advisory Council

Michelle Gittens

Phillips Academy Andover, 1999
Walmart eCommerce

Jarron Smith


George S. Wilson II

Middlesex School, 2004
National Basketball Association

Eric Logan

Phillips Exeter Academy, 1992

Jasmine Wade

The Westminster Schools, 2006

Nicole Melwood

Northfield Mount Hermon School, 2001
Everstrong Capital

David Cox

New Canaan A Better Chance, 2005

Najee Coverson

Carmel Partners


Ethel Walker, 1999
FTI Consulting

Keith Harvey

Radnor A Better Chance, 1997 

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