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Polk Young Professionals Awards

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.

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

About the Program

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


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

• 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.

The Awards

1

Emerging
Leader

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

2

Legacy
Builder

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

3

Philanthropic
Champion

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

Awards Program & Young Professionals Reception

Thursday, August 29, 2024

5:30 PM

Theatre Winter Haven

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Sponsorship / Tabling Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reach out to Hannah Spivey:
hannah@winterhavenchamber.com

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