The Lincoln Young Professionals Group recognizes the outstanding efforts and contributions of individuals and organizations in the community during its annual Young Lincoln Leader Awards Gala. The ceremony is held annually in September during YP Week. Professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 are eligible to be acknowledged in multiple categories. Applicants are assessed and selected by a diverse panel of community members, in conjunction with the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

YLLA (Young Lincoln Leader Awards) Overview

We will be accepting nominations in the following categories:

Young Professional of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

Emerging Leader of the Year

Next Generation Workplace

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence


YLLA Selection Committee:

Adelle Burke, City of Lincoln-Mayors Office
Liz Ring Carlson, Ameritas
Eric Mooss, Bryan Health
Brian Ardinger, Nelnet
Clover Fredrick, Clover Fredrick
Jasmine Kingsley, HUDL & Past YP of the Year Award Winner
Kayla Meyer, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce/Lincoln Young Professionals Group

Young Lincoln Leader Awards Registration


Young Professional of the Year


Jasmine Kingsley

VP of Legal and People


Jasmine is clearly and inspiration to us all. As a 37 year old Harvard Law School Graduate who has become the head of all Human Resources and the entire Legal Department of one of Lincoln's greatest and most successful start up companies. She is an entreprenuer and a world traveler. Her community involvement may be unparalled.

Graham Pansing Brooks's headshot

Graham Pansing Brooks

2020 Emerging Leader

Lizz Whitacre's headshot

Lizz Whitacre

2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Maggie Stuckey's headshot

Maggie Stuckey

2020 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

Black Leaders Movement's headshot

Black Leaders Movement

2020 Young Citizen of the Year

Ameritas's headshot


2020 Next Generation Workplace

Nelnet's headshot


2020 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence