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Thu, Aug 29

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Theatre Winter Haven

Polk Young Professionals Awards

Come together for an evening of celebration as we honor the remarkable contributions of Young Professionals in Polk County.

Polk Young Professionals Awards
Polk Young Professionals Awards

Time & Location

Aug 29, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Theatre Winter Haven, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880

About the event

Mark your calendars for this prestigious event, where EMERGE Lakeland, Endeavor Winter Haven, and Engage Bartow come together to showcase their achievements and spotlight the game-changers, innovators, and community champions shaping our future.

Nominate a young professional for an award HERE

Nominations are open through June 30, 2024, at 11:50 PM.

The Polk Young Professionals Awards (formerly Polk Emerging Leaders) is a Celebration of Polk County Young Professionals and will be an evening event to celebrate the work of our young professionals’ groups throughout the year and the people making a difference in Polk County.

  • Nominees are not required to be members of EMERGE Lakeland, endeavor Winter Haven or engage Bartow.
  • Nominees must live or work in the greater Polk County community.

A finalist from each of the young professional groups will be recognized before honoring one county-wide young professional. The Polk Young Professionals Awards will take place on August 29 in Winter Haven.

Emerging Leader Award Criteria

This award recognizes a young professional who has dedicated time and expertise to make a positive impact on the community through professional development and service to others.

  • Individual age 21-30
  • Demonstrated progressive leadership responsibility in profession/career
  • Demonstrated progressive leadership responsibility in volunteer organization(s)
  • Clearly exemplifies excellence, creativity, and initiative

Legacy Builder Award Criteria

This award recognizes a young professional who has dedicated time and expertise to make a positive impact on the community and now demonstrates attention to building up the next generations of emerging leaders.

  • Individual age 31-42
  • Demonstrated progressive leadership responsibility in profession/career
  • Demonstrated progressive leadership responsibility in volunteer organization(s)
  • Clearly exemplifies excellence, creativity, and initiative
  • Clearly serves as a role model for future leaders both personally and professionally

Philanthropic Champion Award Criteria

This award recognizes a young leader who is dedicated to service within Polk County.

  • Individual age 21-42
  • Demonstrated dedication of time and expertise to volunteering and philanthropy
  • Demonstrated positive impact on volunteer organization(s)
  • Clearly exemplifies excellence, creativity, and initiative

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