The Cincinnati Alumni chapter created a new tradition at the Centennial Gala in 2014 – that we would recognize individuals and organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area who exemplify our motto of “Culture for Service, Service for Humanity” in their works. The awards are given out in three categories based on our three National Programs: Bigger and Better Business, Education, and Social Action. The awards will be presented to winners at the 102nd Founders’ Day Celebration Breakfast on January 9, 2016 at the Courtyard Marriott Rookwood.
The winners of the community awards are: Carl Satterwhite (Bigger and Better Business), Ceair Baggett (Education), and Yvette Simpson, Esq. (Social Action).
Bigger and Better Business Award – Carl Satterwhite
Carl Satterwhite is the President/Owner of RCF Group. RCF Group focuses on providing tailored and comprehensive workplace solutions, gaining insight through listening sessions to understand your business culture, needs and challenges. At RCF Group, We Make The Workplace For You.
RCF Group is a National Minority Supplier Development Council Corporate Plus Member, one of less than 100 minority businesses endorsed by the NMSDC as such. RCF Group is a NMSDC Northeast Regional Corporation of the Year recipient and three-time SCOMSDC Corporation of the Year. RCF Group is dedicated to a supportive environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion while working together for the long term benefit of our clients, business, and community.
Carl is a member of the Board of Trustees for numerous professional organizations including: the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council, BEARE Board, Cincinnati Branch of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank, Regional Chamber Executive Committee, Munoz Foundation Board of Directors, and is United Way Chair.
He is Minority Business Advisory Council Co-chair, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Sickle Cell Committee, Cincinnati Leadership Advisory Committee Co-chair, Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee VP for Cincinnati and Chair for the United Way Herbert R. Brown Society. He is the founder and host of Executive Straight Talk.
He is married to his Mt. Healthy high school sweetheart of 30 years, Dawn. They have two sons: Cameron and Brice, including daughter-in-law, Courtney granddaughter, Zoey, and grandson Braylen.
Education Award – Ceair Baggett
Ceair Baggett is the principal for Ethel M. Taylor Academy, a Cincinnati Public School serving Pre-K-6 grades. Taylor Academy is a Title 1 school, located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Millvale. Before coming to Taylor, Mr. Baggett served as Assistant Principal for Cincinnati Public Schools, Robert A. Taft Information Technical High School and Gilbert A. Dater high School respectively.
Mr. Baggett has a long relationship with Cincinnati Public Schools not only as an Administrator but as a student as
well. A proud product of Cincinnati Pubic Schools, he attended Midway Elementary and College Hill Elementary before graduating from Taft Information Technology High School. Upon graduating high school, he received the Cincinnati Bell scholarship from Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School.
Mr. Baggett enrolled as a full-time college student at Xavier University majoring in Education. Through his scholarships and academic achievements Mr. Baggett was hired as was an Operational Administrator for Cincinnati Bell while in undergrad. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Mr. Baggett continued at Xavier where he acquired a Masters in Education Leadership.
Mr. Baggett has numerous accomplishments and received several awards in his professional and academic career. Most notably, in his first year as Assistant Principal at Taft High School, Taft went from a CP rating to Effective on the school Report Card!
Read more about Mr. Baggett’s efforts at the Taylor Academy by clicking here.
Social Action Award – Yvette Simpson, Esq.
Cincinnati City Council President Pro Tem Yvette Simpson grew up in Lincoln Heights, and after graduating from Princeton High School attended Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. In 2014, she received her MBA through Xavier University’s Executive MBA Program.
Simpson is serving her second term on Cincinnati City Council. She is the Chair of the Human Services, Youth, and Arts committee, and serves on the Budget & Finance, Law and Public Safety, Neighborhoods and Major Transportation and Regional Cooperation committees. Simpson is also a member of the Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, as appointed by the City Planning Commission.
On Council, Simpson focuses on creating jobs by developing and expanding Cincinnati small businesses, improving the lives and empowering Cincinnati youth, and providing the tools for our neighborhoods to become more vibrant places to live and work. She sponsored a motion to create two new commissions, the Small Business Advisory Committee (the SBAC) and the Youth Commission of Cincinnati (the YCC). She is currently the City Council Representative and coordinator of these commissions. The commissions are charged with evaluating the state of Cincinnati small business and youth and advising the Mayor and City Council on ways to improve in these areas.
Simpson also led the effort to create a new consortium, “Youth to Work” comprised of the departments and organizations using city funding to create summer employment opportunities for Cincinnati youth.
Councilmember Simpson spends as much time as possible in the community talking directly with her constituents about their ideas and concerns at neighborhood walks/coffees and community council meetings. Since her election, Simpson has been to nearly all Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods, and plans to reach all our communities during her time on Council.
Simpson has held board positions with many community organizations throughout Cincinnati, including the YWCA and the Urban League. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Links, Inc. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the Business Courier’s Forty under 40 and a YWCA Rising Star. In 2014, Simpson was honored as one of the YWCA’s Career Women of Achievement.