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.

2022 YLLA Nominations

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
Mia Wilken, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce/Lincoln Young Professionals Group

Young Professional of the Year


Yohance Christie

City Attorney

City of Lincoln

Before being appointed as City Attorney, Yohance spent 10 years as a public defender for Lancaster County. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the UNL College of Law and is a former faculty member of Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit organization working to transform the criminal justice system.

He is an active community volunteer, serving as President of the Board of Directors for Family Service, as a Board Member for Civic Nebraska and as a member of the Lincoln Bar Association Board of Trustees. He is a Past President of the Robert Van Pelt Inns of Court and currently serves on their Executive Committee, as well as a member of the UNL College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board, the Nebraska Appleseed Litigation Committee, and the NAACP Lincoln Chapter.

Aakriti Agrawal's headshot

Aakriti Agrawal

2021 Emerging Leader

Alicia Reisinger's headshot

Alicia Reisinger

2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Laura Uridil's headshot

Laura Uridil

2021 Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year

Amanda Barker's headshot

Amanda Barker

2021 Young Citizen of the Year

Amanda Irions's headshot

Amanda Irions

2021 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

Hausmann Construction's headshot

Hausmann Construction

2021 Next Generation Workplace

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

Nelnet's headshot


2020 Diversity & Inclusion Excellence

Ameritas's headshot


2020 Next Generation Workplace