Taren Greenidge Receives Inaugural IGNITE Future Leader's Award

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce presented Taren Greenidge with its inaugural IGNITE Future Leader's Award on June 13, 2019 at the 3rd annual Re:Generation event. The IGNITE Award recognizes a young professional, 21 to 40 years old, for leadership, community service, and personal and professional achievements. The goal is to recognize and celebrate Rochester’s future leaders who serve as a positive influence in bettering our community.

Greenidge practices law at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, where she counsels clients on state and federal anti-discrimination law and represents Fortune 500 companies.

As chair of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys Diversity Committee, Greenidge was tasked with opening doors of opportunity for minority law students and attorneys. She received an Excellence in Leadership Award from the Rochester Black Bar Association, a peer acknowledgment of her crucial role in the success of multiple member and community-based initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Rochester, Greenidge works with the Black Scholars Committee, providing tips and tools on college readiness and the college application process to high school students, often serving as a long-term mentor.

Seeing a void in networking and fellowship opportunities for young professionals of color throughout the City of Rochester, Greenidge created the Black Young Professionals of Rochester, a flagship social and community-based enterprise that provides a myriad of important services from financial literacy and first time home buyer programs to youth advocacy.

Described as having a “heart of gold”, Greenidge also buys large amounts of school supplies each September to donate to Rochester City School District students to ensure that they have the proper materials to start the year.

The full list of 2019 IGNITE Award finalists includes:

  • Alex Amorese, Commercial Real Estate Associate, CBRE Rochester
  • CaTyra Polland, Founder, Polland Enterprises, LLC
  • Charles "Chip" Murphy, Regional Vice President, HUNT Real Estate ERA
  • Duwaine Bascoe, Associate, Abrams Fensterman
  • Emily M. Smith, P.E., Vice President / Director of Transportation, Fisher Associates
  • Emmylou L. Duell, Staff Accountant, Sydor Technologies
  • Herbert Escher, President, Dale Carnegie
  • Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson, Human Resources Coordinator, Nazareth College
  • Jessica Spann, Performance Solutions Specialist, Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • John Loury, President, CAUSE + EFFECT Strategy and Marketing
  • Joseph Sayre, Associate Director of Recruitment, Simon Business School
  • Julia Maddox, Director, iZone, Barbara J. Burger iZone at the University of Rochester Libraries
  • Kaitlin Alfvin, Marketing Specialist, ProNexus, LLC
  • Krystle Ellis, Director, Communications and Special Events, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester
  • Oscia Miles-Wilson, Cultural Competency Coordinator, YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County
  • Ronieka Burns, Program Specialist, 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund
  • Ryan Trevas, Business Services Representative, NYS Department of Labor
  • Ryann Bouchard-Guglielmo, Public Relations Supervisor, Dixon Schwabl
  • Shirah Cahill, Landscape Designer, SWBR
  • Stefano Daza Arango, Founder/CEO, Zeyba
  • Stephanie Nott, Associate, Abrams Fensterman
  • Taren Greenidge, Attorney, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Tashanda Thomas, HR Business Partner, Rochester Regional Health
  • Yana Khashper, CEO, ROCovery Fitness

A selection committee consisting of a diverse group of professional leaders from the Rochester and Finger Lakes business community determined the finalists and recipient based upon submitted nominations.