Last week we wrapped up the series sharing some of the public nominations that came in for The SPARK Awards 2016. After seeing all of the positive reactions and appreciation on social media and having readers mention that they enjoyed seeing such a spotlight on the good that’s being done here in the Mid-South, I figured it would be fun to share a few more. This time, let’s focus on individuals who are SPARKing change. Let’s start with Cynthia Daniels.
“Cynthia Daniels is the Public Relations Coordinator for the Workforce Investment Network, a community resource that prepares job seekers for jobs and helps connect them with employment opportunities. There are few people who can match the drive and enthusiasm for social and community organizing that Cynthia Daniels has. A native of Atlanta, GA, Cynthia moved to Memphis in 2009 and embraced everything the city had to offer.
Cynthia joined the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals (MULYP) because it gave her opportunities to serve her community and help others. Her work in the organization has led to her ascension to President of MULYP within two years' time. She currently serves as the Membership Retention & Recruitment Chair of the National Urban League Young Professionals.
In 2011, Cynthia was honored at the Agent of Change Awards with the ‘MULYP Member of the Year’ award for her efforts. In 2013, as President, her primary focus was to continue to promote the organization throughout the city of Memphis through fundraising and serving the community.
Cynthia has launched two programs within MULYP that will retain talent in the city of Memphis…the YP Employee Retention Program and YP College Mentoring Program… Under her leadership, MULYP also made history by hosting Memphis' first conference for young professionals in 2013 and it has been the organization's biggest fundraiser to date.
As a result of her passion for creating social conscious driven events, Cynthia started her company, Cynthia Daniels & Company, early 2016 and created Memphis’ first ‘Black Memphis Restaurant Week’ in March 2016 that generated over $80,000 of profits (for local businesses) in just one week! She received recognition from Mayor Strickland due to this effort. Cynthia is a passionate and a visionary leader in the Memphis community…”
I’ll add that Cynthia is also working on the Top 40 Under 40 Urban Elite Professionals Awards to celebrate and honor young professionals in the Mid-South who are giving back, making a difference, and shining in their respective professions. Thank you for your efforts and for SPARKing change Cynthia Daniels!