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Achievers in Industry (bai)
Honorees at 2018 bai Harlem YMCA event

In 1971, Dr. Leo B. Marsh initiated the Black Achievers in Industry program we know today as bai. This event gathers hundreds of industry leaders, dignitaries, politicians, and activists who represent the many champions of the Harlem YMCA.

About bai

Our corporate sponsors aid our mission of Celebrating Success, Developing Leaders and Cultivating Communities through our four youth initiatives: our Corporate Scholarship Program, Historical Black College Tour, Professional Mentor Program, and Corporate Internship Program. bai provides opportunities that foster hope and determination for young people in our community. We rely on the generosity of our partners, supporters and our community to maintain our ability to provide our young people with access to purposeful education, character building, and constructive recreation.

Our Vision

The Achievers in Industry (bai) serves as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships and other opportunities that collectively create a future-leader incubator for the youth and teens of the Harlem Community.

Our Mission

  • Partners with corporations, local businesses and charitable individuals to provide college scholarships, summer day camp, literacy-based afterschool programs, youth swim lessons and teen programs to deserving children in the Harlem Community, who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate due to an inability to pay.

  • Educates and exposes and exposes community youth about the opportunities that exists for them as the future talent pool for corporations and local businesses.

  • Publicly recognizes and raises awareness and raises awareness about the significant contributions of successful associates within partnering organizations by honoring them at the bai annual event.

  • Acknowledges and salutes partnering organizations that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for youth and families in the communities where they do business.

Signature Programs

This program provides direct support to New York City youth pursuing post-secondary education. A special committee evaluates applications on an annual basis. Award amounts are $2,500 per scholarship recipient. To date, the Harlem YMCA has awarded $1.7 million in college scholarship support to our future leaders.

This program provides students the opportunity to envision a brighter future through the tangible experience of a college campus. The tour takes place during spring recess in April and includes approximately ten colleges and universities. Previous schools visited include Benedict College, Bennett College, Bowie State, Cheyney, Clark Atlanta, Alabama State, Hampton, Howard, Morehouse, Morgan, Shaw, Spelman, and Tuskegee.

High school and college students (mentees) are linked with professionals (mentors) who have been identified as Achievers. Mentors are positive role models who are committed to providing youth with support to attain their education, social and personal goals. In addition to one-on-one mentoring experiences, mentees participate in a variety of career and personal development workshops and seminars. 

This program offers its college scholarship recipients an enriching experience that gives them relevant and necessary training to move forward in pursuing their career. During this professional placement, students network and work closely with professionals in their field of study. Corporations provide an enriching and rewarding experience that includes industry-specific exposure and challenging project assignments to the interns.

To learn more about our signature programs, contact Gigi Davis-Booth at 212-912-2113 or

Scholars, Achievers & Rising Stars

In 1995, bai launched the Corporate Scholarship Program to provide direct support to motivated New York City high school students pursuing post-secondary education.  All New York City college-bound high school seniors and previous scholarship recipients currently in their freshman, sophomore and junior years of study, who reside within the five boroughs of New York City and possess a minimum 2.5 GPA are eligible to apply for the bai Corporate Scholarship.  Students with an expressed interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Business/Finance are strongly encouraged to apply.

Corporate professionals, generally upper level employees and executives, who possess notable accomplishments in the workplace as demonstrated by their position, career progress and leadership ability have always been at the forefront of our Achievers in Industry (bai) initiative. 

bai seeks to recognize those Achievers who exhibit ethical business practices in their career, exemplifying honor and integrity with a record of community service and a willingness to support future achievers.

We request that our partners look within their associations to identify and honor your Achievers.  To submit an Achiever, email Gigi Davis-Booth at today!

Rising Stars:
The bai Rising Star initiative has been created to elevate individuals whose strong work ethic, and proclivity for excellence make them exceptional prospects for the next generation of Achievers in Industry. The Rising Star Program seeks to recognize an aptitude for leadership and acknowledge track-records that reflect the promise, notable growth, and contributions to their respective fields.

bai is bridging the gap between talented young people first entering the work-force and those who have demonstrated years of excellence. In highlighting those ‘Rising Stars’ who are demonstrating tremendous promise, we seek to celebrate their successes, further develop their leadership and cultivate stronger communities through our collective investment in their achievements.

Ideal candidates are professionals whose talents, dedication and potential suggest that they are on the trajectory for eventual appointment as industry leaders and organizational principles.

We request that our partners look within their associations to identify, honor and nurture your Rising Stars. To submit your Rising Stars, email Gigi Davis-Booth at today!

Gala & Sponsorship Opportunities

Each year hundreds of community and business leaders join the Harlem YMCA to honor the achievements of professionals. Since 1971, this annual event has paid national tribute to the corporate leadership and community service of Achievers in Industry and continues to serve as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships, and other opportunities. These collective efforts fuel a future-leader incubator for the youth and teens of the Harlem community.

“Achievers in Industry is a vital program that encompasses youth mentoring programs, college scholarships, a historically black college tour, corporate internships and year-long community outreach,” says Latoya Jackson, Harlem Y Associate Executive Director. “This annual gala affords all of our community stakeholders with the opportunity to come together to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire the next generation of leaders.”

The gala—which in the past has attracted luminaries like Oprah Winfrey—is a major date on NYC’s business, philanthropic, education, and social calendars. The event pays national tribute to excellence in corporate leadership and community service by Achievers in Industry and serves as a platform for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships, and other opportunities. These collective efforts are helping the young people of New York City’s Harlem community grow to be tomorrow’s leaders.  Sponsorship Opportunities are as follows:


Platinum Sponsor | $50,000
• Three (3) tables (10 seats each), in prime location
• Three (3) bai Achiever or Rising Star Honorees
• Five (5) $2,500 bai scholarship awards
• Platinum page in commemorative journal
• Print & Digital Acknowledgment
• Corporate logo on website
• Corporate partner internship

Gold Sponsor | $25,000
• Two (2) tables (10 seats each), in prime location
• Two (2) bai Achiever or Rising Star Honorees
• Three (3) $2,500 bai scholarship awards
• Gold page in commemorative journal
• Print & Digital Acknowledgment
• Corporate logo on website
• Corporate partner internship

Silver Sponsor | $15,000
• One (1) table (10 seats)
• One (1) bai Achiever or Rising Star Honoree
• Two (2) $2,500 bai scholarship awards
• Silver page in commemorative journal
• Print & Digital Acknowledgment
• Corporate logo on website
• Corporate partner internship

Bronze Sponsor | $10,000
• One (1) table (10 seats)
• One (1) bai Achiever or Rising Star Honoree
• One (1) $2,500 bai scholarship award
• Full page in commemorative journal
• Print & Digital Acknowledgment
• Corporate partner internship

Scholarship Sponsor | $5,000
• One (1) $2,500 bai scholarship award
• Two (2) seats at bai gala

Corporate Internship Sponsor | $5,000
• One (1) $2,500 corporate internship
• Two (2) seats at bai gala

Community Youth Sponsor | $3,500
• One (1) table (10 seats: exposure for nine community youth and one adult chaperon)
• Acknowledgment in commemorative journal

Commemorative Journal Rates
• Platinum Page - $2,700
• Gold Page - $2,200
• Silver Page - $1,800
• Full Page - $1,600
• Half Page - $1,100
• Quarter Page - $550

To inquire of sponsorship opportunity or journal ad entry, please contact Gigi Davis-Booth at


Achievers in Industry (bai) was conceived by the late Dr. Leo B. Marsh and established by the YMCA of Greater New York (Harlem YMCA Branch). For forty-six (46) years the bai Gala has been a unique annual celebration that pays homage to leading corporations throughout New York City who come together to recognize and honor achievement, as well as to support the endeavors of a leading youth service organization - The Harlem YMCA.

The bai event has served as a vehicle for participating corporations to provide college scholarships to New York City youth seeking opportunities for higher education. Continuing support for the bai Mentoring Program fosters and encourages relationships between New York City youths and corporate professionals who serve as role models, nurturing young people to realize their full potential as future leaders.

The overall success of this event provides the Harlem YMCA with much-needed funds to support and sustain a variety of youth and teen programs. Some of the programs supported by sponsor generosity are summer day camp, literacy-based after school programs, sports programs, youth swim lessons, child care, the teen mentoring program and the black college tour.

We are proud that the Harlem YMCA will never turn any child away because of inability to pay.


The Dr. Leo B. Marsh Memorial Award was established by the Black Achievers in Industry Committee in 1980 to commemorate Dr. Marsh -- the founder of the Harlem Y’s bai program.  Each year, the award is given to a deserving person whose commitment to community service for the well-being of others reflects Dr. Marsh’s mission in life.  Consistent with his deep belief in the need to nurture young people in their quest for a better life, the award goes to one whose community service has this same focus on youth.


The Deloitte Corporate Community Award is given to a person or organization who has excelled both professionally and as a leader in African-American communities.  The candidate’s actions must be inspiring and serve as motivation for new generations to succeed in any endeavor they pursue.  Recipients must have given of themselves for the benefit of others, embody success in capacity building and be positive role models.  They must have guided young adults in positive directions and encouraged them to improve themselves through educational and/or professional opportunities, while offering them the hope and promise of a brighter future.


Carrie Terrell devoted her life to community service that focused on nurturing young people, teaching them to dream, then helping them toward their dreams.  Her greatest joy was watching young men and women blossom at the Harlem YMCA… begin to understand that they COULD achieve dreams they had thought were out of reach.  The Carrie Terrell Youth of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding young man or woman who has worked hard toward their dream… and along the way, has “payed it forward”, devoting time to helping others as they have been helped.