Aug 4 2020

Lincoln Young Professionals Announce Awards to Recognize Young Leaders

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug 3, 2020 – Lincoln Young Professionals Group have announced seven new awards to recognize and honor individuals under age 40 making outstanding contributions to the community. The open nomination period for the new Young Lincoln Leaders Awards (YLLA) is currently open and will conclude on August 24.

“Young leaders are Lincoln’s future,” said Wendy Birdsall, president of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. “This is an opportunity to recognize their incredible contributions in growing our city and making it a desirable place to live and work.”

Individuals can be nominated for a YLLA in five categories, including Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Young Nonprofit Leader of the Year, and Young Citizens Award. Businesses and organizations will also be recognized in two categories--Next Generation Workplace and an award for Diversity and Inclusion.

“These new award categories will give us the opportunity to recognize a diverse group of young leaders and the organizations that foster their talent,” said Jordan Gonzales, chairman of Lincoln YPG.

An external nominating committee of seven leaders in business, nonprofits, public service, and education has been assembled to evaluate and select the finalists in each of the seven categories.

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to celebrate young professionals and their contributions to businesses and nonprofits in the community,” said Liz Ring Carlson, Selection Committee Member and 2nd Vice President at Ameritas. “Our young leaders add so much energy and inspiration to our community. They make Lincoln a vibrant city to live and work in today and are creating a wonderful future for our city.”

Finalists in each category will be announced on September 7 and awarded at an event during Lincoln’s annual YP Week on September 24. Anyone can submit a nomination at, where event sponsorships and individual tickets can also be purchased. 

To learn more about the Young Lincoln Leaders Awards and submit nominations vist our awards page.