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Greater Rochester Chamber announces finalists for 6th annual IGNITE Award for young professionals

April 23, 2024

ROCHESTER, NY (April 23, 2024) – Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce twelve finalists for its 2024 IGNITE Award. The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award celebrates young professionals aged 21 to 35 who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow.

Our 2024 finalists are as follows:

  • Miguel Baique, Ed.D., MPA, Director, University of Rochester David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering
  • Pamela Breedlove, Outreach and Education Specialist, In Control, a program of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York
  • Lindsay Connelly, President & Founder, Linden Digital Marketing, LLC
  • Ericka B. Elliott, Esq., Associate Attorney, Underberg & Kessler LLP
  • John Howe-Wemett, CFP®, Vice President – Wealth Management Advisor, Generation Capital Management
  • Zahira Jimenez, Director, Employee Engagement, Pathstone Corporation
  • Andrew Moran, Community Outreach Manager/Data Manager, Rochester Victory Alliance at URMC
  • Faziri Ndahiro Renzaho, Founder/CEO, Rochester Global Refugee Services & CEO, Renzaho Prime Express LLC
  • Amanda Sanfilippo, Senior Talent Management and Communications Specialist, L3Harris Technologies
  • Joe Sayre, Manager, Economic Development – RG&E & NYSEG, Rochester Gas & Electric/Avangrid
  • Megan Storm, Director of Fiscal Intermediary Services, Starbridge
  • Katie Wawrzaszek, Major Gifts Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

A selection committee consisting of a diverse group of professional leaders from the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes business community will select a recipient based on submitted nominations. The 2024 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award will be presented at an awards ceremony at Locust Hill Country Club on Thursday, June 6, 2024.

Greater Rochester Chamber President & CEO Bob Duffy said, “We are proud to recognize the outstanding finalists for our sixth annual Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award. Each of these visionary young leaders embodies the essence of innovation and determination that defines our region's spirit, and their commitment propels Greater Rochester forward. We hope you will join us to celebrate these young leaders in June."

Registration for the award ceremony in June, featuring a keynote address from 2023 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award recipient Adrian Hale, is currently open. Sponsorships are also available for organizations looking to support the development of young leaders. Please see the registration page and sponsorship opportunities for more details.


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