Sep 30 2022

Lincoln YPG Announces Seven Winners of Young Lincoln Leader Awards

By Lincoln YPG in News

For Immediate Release
September 30, 2022

Lincoln YPG Announces Seven Winners of Young Lincoln Leader Awards
Third Year of Lincoln YPG’s Signature YP Week Event

Lincoln, NE - Lincoln Young Professionals Group is proud to announce the seven recipients of the 2022 Young Lincoln Leader Awards (YLLA), honoring the outstanding contributions to the Lincoln community. The award ceremony was held on Thursday, September 29 at Robber’s Cave during YP Week, an annual celebration of young professionals in Lincoln.

Individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 were nominated for a YLLA in six categories and organizations were nominated in one category to comprise this year’s list of seven winners.

The 2022 YLLA honorees are:
Young Professional of the Year – Mike Smith, Rabble Mill/The Bay
Young Citizen of the Year – Jazari Kual, Kualdom Creations Young
Entrepreneur of the Year – Angela Garbacz, Goldenrod Pastries
Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year – Katie Patrick, Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska
Emerging Leader of the Year – Tut Kailech, NeighborWorks
Lincoln Diversity and Inclusive Excellence – Nathan Hé, Nebraska Alumni Association
Next Generation Workplace – Lutz

An external nominating committee of seven leaders in business, nonprofits, public service and education assembled to evaluate and select the finalists and winners in the seven categories. D-Wayne (Dewayne Taylor) continued his excellent work as master of ceremonies, which he has done for all three years of the YLLAs.

Other YP Week events included inspiring speakers, discussion panels, workshops and networking opportunities to celebrate the talent, insight and energy of YPs in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Young Professionals Group is dedicated to empowering young professionals with educational, leadership, and networking opportunities. With more than 1,500 members, the Lincoln Young Professionals group is one of the largest in the country. To learn more or join, visit