Affirming and empowering Black leadership in the Omaha metro.


A growing network of Black, change-makers.


The 2019 YBI Recipients are here!

Click here to learn more about the new cohort of Black Influencers joining the movement

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Come build with us

Cheers to another year of Black excellence! Learn about our events and get engaged.

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We are leaders & influencers

Click the link to learn more about the board training program and how to submit open board positions.

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Invest in our youth

We know the value our young people hold. Click the link to donate to the Lisa Spivey Legacy Scholarship that will benefit Blackburn seniors.

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Here, you are seen.

YBI Founder, Ashlei Spivey, wanted to ensure that Black leadership was not overlooked in our community. Learn more about our Influencer Series, designed to cultivate and gather Black leaders, in all industries, for collective change.


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Why not us.

Ashlei Spivey poses the question, “Why not us,” when considering Black leaders in the Omaha metro. YBI held its first award ceremony in the summer of 2016 and hasn’t looked back since.

“There were so many awards in our community and very little recognized the talents, abilities and contributions of Black people.”

From this acknowledgement, YBI has continued to gather and celebrate Black leaders in the Omaha metro, striving to be inclusive and celebratory of all - no matter the sector, industry, educational attainment level, income, and otherwise.

We’re for all, why not us.

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