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Celebration of Diversity Alumni Awards

Celebration-of-Diversity-Alumni-Award-pic-finalThe Celebration of Diversity Alumni Awards is a newly-envisioned alumni award program, which began as the African American Hall of Fame Awards in 2008. To celebrate the rich diversity of the Otterbein alumni community, two alumni will be honored annually for their professional accomplishments and service contributions to Otterbein and to their community, in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Celebration of Diversity Awards.

2017 Celebration of Diversity Award Winner


Micaela Coleman ’10 began the journey down her career path while majoring in international studies and economics at Otterbein. Her first internship, with the Ohio House of Representatives, was the first of many steps that led to her most recent position as assistant manager of communications and investor educator for the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and Ms. Virginia USA Ambassador 2016.

As a student, Coleman was a summer intern and page in the Ohio House of Representatives and a summer intern in the office of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.  After graduating, she worked as a senior legislative aide for Representative Tracy Maxwell in the Ohio House of Representatives and a campaign assistant for the re-election of Columbus, Ohio, Mayor Michael Coleman.

Micaela Coleman made a move to Washington, D.C., in 2011, to become a staff assistant in the economic studies program at The Brookings Institution’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. In 2013, she became a press assistant, legislative correspondent and special assistant in the Office of U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty. She has been to the White House for meetings and briefings and traveled to Silicon Valley to visit with leaders in the start-up and tech industry.

In 2015, she moved to her new role at NASAA.

“Working at NASAA to me means empowering investors to invest smartly, supporting the great work of our national securities regulators, and engaging with investor education professionals, stakeholders and advocates through social media and outreach efforts. I hope to empower and educate regular ‘mom and pop’ investors on the importance of being financially savvy, on how to approach investing for first-time investors and the steps needed in order to raise capital for a business,” said Coleman.

As Coleman moved along in her career, she also took two courses at American University: the WeLead Women and Leadership Program and the Global Business Graduate Gateway Program. 

“I enjoyed the two programs I recently completed at AU where I excelled with the academic portions of the programs; connected to the faculty, staff and greater AU community; was selected for numerous scholarships and honors; conducted and contributed original and unique research; met with thought leaders and power players within my industry; been afforded once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities; and given access to an unparalleled network of individuals and organizations,” said Coleman.

Most recently, she was selected as Ms. Virginia USA Ambassador 2016. In this role with the USA Ambassador Pageant Program, she promotes the motto of, “Success through Leadership, Integrity, Character and Confidence in today’s young women,” while giving back to her community through public service and charity work.

Additionally, Coleman mentor girls and young professionals on how they can create a personal brand, develop a meaningful, purpose-filled career and pursue their wildest dreams. She frequently gives presentations throughout the greater Washington. D.C. area on these topics. 

Coleman hopes to incorporate all of her diversified experiences into her long term career as an entrepreneur.

Former Award Winners (African American Hall of Fame):

  • Tamara Staley ’96, 2008 Inductee

  • Eddie Harrell, Jr. ’94, 2008 Inductee

  • Melissa Johnson ’99, 2009 Inductee

  • Rayshawn Wilson ’02, 2009 Inductee

  • Dr. Andrea M. Brown ’99, 2010 Inductee

  • William Livisay, Jr. ’78, 2010 Inductee

  • Sarabella Barrett '02, 2011 Inductee

  • Jason T. Jenkins '04, 2011 Inductee

  • Mary F. Hall `64, M.A., Ph.D., 2012 Inductee

  • Wayne Cummerlander '80, 2012 Inductee

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