The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) has named Natalie Madeira Cofield, entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic activist among the recipients of its 2018 CUP Catalyst Award.

Each year, CUP celebrates the accomplishments of "CUP Catalysts," diverse change agents across sectors and industries who are achieving extraordinary professional success while making significant and inspiring contributions to their community through volunteerism, philanthropy, board service and mentorship.

Cofield is the founder and CEO of Walker’s Legacy, the largest digital business platform for multicultural women and the Walker’s Legacy Foundation, the organization’s nonprofit sister arm which is missioned to encourage entrepreneurship and financial empowerment amongst economically challenged women and girls of color.

“As a social entrepreneur balancing impact-based work with sustainability has been very critical to my life’s body of work.  It is an honor to be recognized by the Council for Urban Professionals, an organization for which I have great respect, for the sacrifices and successes that come as a result of this balance,”  said Cofield about the honor.

The honor adds to Cofield’s list of recent recognition including being named Advocate of the Year by the US Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency, to the 100 Most Influential African Americans by The Root, the 100 Most Influential Washingtonians and a 2018 Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Washington Business Journal.  

Recipients will be honored at a reception hosted by Viacom on November 15, 2018 and at the annual CUP Gala held in NYC in June 2018.  

Click here to meet members of previous CUP Catalysts cohorts.


About the Walker’s Legacy

Walker’s Legacy,, is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman. We exist to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming and a global community.   

About the Walker’s Legacy Foundation

Walker’s Legacy Foundation,, exists to provide the entrepreneurial, financial and professional supports needed to improve economic prosperity and reduce economic inequality for multicultural women and girls, globally.  

About the Council of Urban Professionals (CUP)

The Council of Urban Professionals’ (CUP) mission is to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Currently in our tenth year, we support the career progression of professional women and people of color in New York and Los Angeles by (1) delivering compelling skill-building programs focused on accelerating careers and enhancing visibility, and (2) by curating groups of top diverse professionals for impactful conversations and networking opportunities that result in community building, thought leadership, business development and provide a platform for recognizing diverse talent and inspiring service.