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Columbus Chamber of Commerce Names 2021 Columbus Award Recipient

March 25th, 2021

Stephanie Hightower to be recognized at Chamber Annual Meeting, April 28

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce will honor Stephanie Hightower, president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League, as this year’s recipient of the Columbus Award.

Stephanie will be recognized during Adapt, the Chamber’s 2021 Annual Meeting and its largest program of the year.

The Columbus Award has recognized exceptional community leadership and business success since 1964. Past honorees have included Cathy Lyttle, Steve Rasmussen and former Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

“Stephanie epitomizes every quality that a great leader should possess – determination, adaptability, bravery, wisdom, integrity, authenticity,” said Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO. “The Columbus Chamber is honored to be able to recognize Stephanie for her contributions to our community through this award.”

Stephanie’s passion for a better community is reflected in her professional, volunteer and personal life, and her professional background includes a wealth of experiences in athletics, education and public service. You can read Stephanie’s full bio here.

She is the first woman to hold the position of president and CEO at the Columbus Urban League. You can learn more about Stephanie’s work with the Columbus Urban League here.

Stephanie will accept her award at the Chamber’s virtual Annual Meeting, Adapt, on April 28.

Adapt will feature five keynote presentations from Central Ohio leaders, and the recipient of the Small Business Leader Award will also be recognized at the program.
Registration information for this year’s event can be found at

The Chamber would like to thank the following partners for their support of Adapt:

First Merchants Bank | Big Lots | Sedgwick | Sedgwick MCO | Huntington Bank | Cardinal Health | Medical Mutual | Columbia Gas of Ohio | City of Columbus
M+A Architects | Southwest Airlines | PNC Bank | Worthington Energy Consultants
Heartland Bank | Live Technologies | LocaliQ
Current as of 3/18/2021


About the Columbus Chamber
The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a mission-driven nonprofit organization serving more than 2,000 organizations throughout Central Ohio. The Chamber, founded in 1884, is committed to advancing a thriving Columbus Region and provides support in the areas of research, government affairs, marketing, education and workforce development.

About the Annual Meeting
The Columbus Chamber’s Annual Meeting is Central Ohio’s premiere event for the business community. Presenters include leaders from the Columbus Region’s leading companies each year, and the program honors innovation and service with the Columbus Award and Small Business Leader Award.