Highlights from the 2021 Person of the Year/TCB 100 Celebration

Photos of Tawanna Black, business leaders on the TCB 100 list of people to know in 2022, and attendees of the Dec. 6 event.
Highlights from the 2021 Person of the Year/TCB 100 Celebration

Politicians, pastors, CEOs, and entrepreneurs gathered at the Metropolitan Ballroom on Monday to celebrate Twin Cities Business 2021 Person of the Year Tawanna Black and find out who made the TCB 100 list of people to know in 2022.

“I take great honor and humility,” Black said of the honor when she took the stage, escorted by her children and husband. Black is the founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion, a St. Paul-based group that works with businesses and organizations throughout the country to advance regional prosperity through equity and inclusion. This year marked TCB’s eighth annual Person of the Year awards; Black is the first woman of color to receive the honor. “I take the pride and also the pain that comes with that,” she said. “We want to get to the point where we aren’t celebrating first. Where we are done shattering ceilings.”

The crowd of nearly 400 broke into applause several times throughout Black’s speech, and during the TCB 100 reveal video—particularly during a message from Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm.

“This has been an incredible year we’ve all learned a lot,” Malcolm said in a recorded statement to accept the TCB 100 recognition. “My advice to everyone is find work that has meaning and that matters to you especially in tough times. There’s nothing like knowing you’ve done your best and tried to make a big difference for people.”

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