Living United

Living United is part of Capital Area United Way’s commitment to identify, develop, and implement impact strategies, practices, processes, and messaging to drive equitable community change. To achieve our vision, we must understand and address the underlying factors that impede progress. By challenging practices based on racism, and other historical and current forms of discrimination, we can create more inclusive communities and equitable outcomes.


Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards

The Brotherhood Sisterhood banquet takes place annually and honors local community members who are recognized for actively serving the community, leading and inspiring others, breaking personal barriers, and leading exemplary lives, all toward the goal of equality and togetherness. 

Since 1963, The Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards annually recognizes two outstanding individuals in the greater Baton Rouge community who have devoted their professional, philanthropic, and volunteer capacities to humanitarian service in advancing the mission of joining hands across racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, and religious lines. The honorees of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Award have and/or is working to break down the barriers that divide the community and prevent its citizens from working and living together in harmony.
In 2018, Pass the Torch was introduced to the community. This award recognizes one young adult (ages 18-24) who exemplifies the mission of the Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards, which is to honor those individuals who have and/or are working towards the elimination of bias, bigotry, and racism across ethnic gender, and religious lines in the community.
The Brotherhood Sisterhood committee consists of Philanthropic Leaders, Community Leaders, and Past Honorees. Past award recipients can be viewed here


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2023 Brotherhood Sisterhood Awards Breakfast:

Join on us April 16, 2024 at Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge (4728 Constitution Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808) from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. as we celebrate the Brotherhood Sisterhood awards.  


The 2023 Brotherhood Sisterhood Award Recipients:


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Rhoman Hardy, Founder & CEO of HardLine Consulting LLC, providing expertise in strategy and leadership. Rhoman was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Comfort Systems, and is also a  board member of HF Sinclair Corporation, as well as Brown and Root Industrial Services. Hardy serves as Vice Chairman for the Baton Rouge General Hospital board. Hardy is a Board Member for the LSU Foundation and serves on the LSU College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council. Rhoman played a pivotal role in Shell’s recent groundbreaking investment to establish the Institute for Energy Innovation at LSU, the largest gift ever to the university from a for-profit organization. (Full Bio Here)


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Casey Phillips, Executive Director of The Walls Project, a local nonprofit that leads programs, events, and alliances that work to break through and tear down the societal walls that discourage or prevent people from living safe, healthy, and prosperous lives. Since starting The Walls Project in 2012 Phillips has dedicated the past decade to growing the impact of the organization along with dedicated volunteers and team members. To date The Walls has created over $4M in economic opportunity for grassroots creatives, reactivated miles of urban blight, trained over 3500 youth and adults in tech, and distributed tens of thousands of pounds of fresh produce. Before co-founding The Walls, Phillips launched The Force Agency in Los Angeles in 2006 specializing in branding and concert booking and promotion across California, Colorado, and New Orleans and Gulf South. Currently a founding member of the OneRouge Coalitions with MetroMorphosis, and former steering committee member for the Kellogg Foundation Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, My Brothers Keeper BR, and facilitator for Dialogue on Race Louisiana. 


The 2023 Pass The Torch Award Recipient:


Tristan J. George


Tristan J. George, an 8th grade teacher at Northwestern Middle School, Zachary Community Schools, selected as a 2024 Louisiana New Teacher of the Year finalist.




Other Living United Initiatives & Programs:

Dialogue on Race Louisiana

Capital Area United Way, along with corporate sponsors, will host Dialogue on Race sessions to further engage the community. Each session will last six weeks and 10-15 individuals will be selected to participate. Participants will represent a diverse mix of race, gender, age, and socioeconomic statuses.

If you would like to participate in a series, please contact Amey Shortess Crousillac at


Living United is sponsored by: