Award presented to University of Rochester student who exemplifies commitment to community and personal excellence
For Immediate Release
April 19, 2019
The University of Rochester’s Black Student Union and Pan-African Student Association established the ‘Natalie Madeira Cofield Woman of the Year Award’ named in honor of Natalie Madeira Cofield, entrepreneur, philanthropist and economic activist at the organizations’ third bi-annual Black Women Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony honoring students for their commitment to academic excellence, community service and leadership.
The award named in Cofield's honor was selected by students to be “dedicated to a woman who gives back to her community...does everything in her power to make her community better and who exemplifies greatness." The honor was among other awards named in recognition of leading Black women including educator Mary McLeod, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and Beatrice Howard, the first African American woman to graduate from the university, among other notable national figures.
Chinenye Tassie, a Nigerian-born senior electrical and computer engineering major at the University of Rochester was chosen by her peers to receive the 2019 Natalie Madeira Cofield Woman of the Year award. Upon graduation, Tassie will be pursuing a PhD at Northeastern University in the electrical engineering department under the guidance of Prof. Kaushik Chowdhury. Her intended concentration is communication-control-and signal processing.
Tassie shared her perspective on the meaning of her honoring: “It means that I was able to leave the University of Rochester better than I found it and that the initiatives I implemented were well received and had a positive impact. It is also an encouragement to keep identifying needs wherever I find myself and striving to be a positive contributor to my community.”
Cofield, a native of Rochester, NY intends to compliment the award naming through the establishment of an annual scholarship for a young woman studying engineering or business and who has an active interest in pursuing a career in business or entrepreneurship.
Tassie received the award on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the University of Rochester’s Black Student Union and Pan-African Student Association bi-annual Black Women Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Cofield also provided the evening's keynote address before a sold-out audience.
About Natalie Madeira Cofield
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. She was named one of one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in the US by The Root 100, the 100 Most Influential Washingtonians by the Washington Business Journal and 2018 Advocate of the Year by the US Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency.
About the Walker’s Legacy
Walker’s Legacy, www.walkerslegacy.com, 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, www.walkerslegacy.org, exists to provide the entrepreneurial, financial and professional supports needed to improve economic prosperity and reduce economic inequality for multicultural women and girls, globally.