The Austin Under 40 Awards announces call for 2018 Nominations & Applications
20th Anniversary Celebrates Young Leaders in the Austin Community
AUSTIN, Texas – October 25, 2017 – Nominations and applications for the 2018 Austin Under 40 Awards are officially underway. The AU40 Awards Committee encourages anyone in the Austin community to nominate an emerging Austinite who has made a strong impact on both the community and within a specific career industry.
“We are fortunate in Austin to have so many young leaders investing so much in the future of our city and each year we have a wonderful opportunity to celebrate that through AU40,” said Hal Williams, 2018 AU40 co-chair, representing the Young Men’s Business League.
This year’s nominations have grown to include 16 industry-specific categories. In addition to the category-specific honorees, the Mentor of the Year Award will help recognize the men and women who have helped shape young leaders within the Austin community. Nominees for the Mentor of the Year Award can be anyone in the community who is over the age of 40. Additionally, category sponsors for each award group will have the opportunity to interview the category finalists.
“20 years of recognizing the young leaders in our community through AU40 is a true milestone,” explains Bre Brown, 2018 AU40 co-chair, representing the Young Women’s Alliance, “We look forward to this year’s group of exceptional nominees and hosting a fantastic gala this Spring.”
Nominations & applications will remain open on the Austin Under 40 website, http://austinunder40.org/nominations/, through December 31, 2017. More news and updates for this year’s event will be shared through social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Austin Under 40
Since 1998, YWA and YMBL have partnered to host one of the city’s premier awards and charity events, the Austin Under 40 Gala. During an evening of prestige and celebration, Austinites are recognized for leadership in their respective industries and solid commitments to serving the community. All proceeds from the event go toward the YMBL Austin Sunshine Camps, which work to engage and empower children through education and outdoor experiences, and the YWA Foundation, which provides scholarships to women and supports GENAustin.
Awards are given in 16 categories, including: Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, Arts and Entertainment, Civics, Government, and Public Affairs, Culinary Arts, Events, and Hospitality, Energy, Mobility, and Transportation, Energy, Mobility, and Transportation, Financial and Insurance Services, Innovation and Start-up, Journalism, Marketing, and Public Relations, Legal, Medicine and Healthcare, Nonprofit Service, Real Estate, Sports, Wellness, and Fitness, Technology, Youth and Education, and Mentor of the Year.
The AU40 Nominations Advisory Council, which is made up of past winners and industry leaders, selects five finalists in each category, followed by the AU40 Winners Selection Committee determining a winner in each category, along with Austinite of the Year recognition, which is announced during the AU40 Awards ceremony.
Past winners include Colin Pope, editor at the Austin Business Journal; Kendra Scott, accessories designer and entrepreneur of Kendra Scott jewelry; along with Dan Graham, CEO of Austin-based BuildASign.
The 2018 Austin Under 40 Awards Gala will be held at the JW Marriott on May 19, 2018.
Past Austin Under 40 Awards have been featured in local publications such as:
Media inquiries for the 2014 Austin Under 40 Awards should be directed to Mysha Lubke and AJ Bingham at [email protected]
17th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at JW Marriott
AUSTIN, Texas – January 2015 – The AU40 Nominations Committee has selected more than 75 finalists for its upcoming awards gala. There are a group of finalists for each of the 14 different industry categories – along with a new 15thcategory, Mentor of the Year, which will help recognize the men and women who have helped shape young leaders within the Austin community.
“The finalists represent the best of the best in Austin. They are excelling in their field, leading in their community, and making a difference in the future of Austin,” said John King, past winner and nominations co-chair for the 2015 AU40Awards.
“Whether it’s empowering others or directly engaging in our city, everyone nominated is working to make Austin the greatest city possible,” said Mysha Lubke, nominations co-chair for the 2015 AU40 Awards. “Our nominees are diverse in their experience and background and our Mentor of the Year nominees have dedicated themselves to making the next generation of Austin leaders successful. I could not be more proud of who we will be honoring.”
The 17th annual Austin Under 40 Awards Gala is March 7, 2015, at the JW Marriott. During the event, a category winner will be announced from each industry category, along with Austin’s inaugural Mentor of the Year Award. Out of each of the category winners, an overall winner will be selected and named Austinite of the Year.
“There is no other event like this in our city. It is an evening where the nominees are picked by our generation’s leaders to honor what they do and will do,” said Vanessa Fuentes, 2015 AU40 Co-chair.
Tickets for the AU40 Awards Gala are on sale now! All proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Young Women’s Alliance Foundation, which provides scholarships for women, and the Young Men’s Business League Sunshine Camps, which work to engage and empower children through education and outdoor experiences.
About Austin Under 40
The Austin Under 40 Awards (Au40) event was founded in 1997 by the Young Women’s Alliance and the Young Men’s Business League to recognize young women and men in Austin who excel in their professional fields and make considerable contributions to their communities. All proceeds benefit the Young Women’s Alliance Foundation and the Austin Sunshine Camps. For more information on Au40, contact [email protected] or visit www.austinunder40.org.
About the Young Women’s Alliance
The Young Women’s Alliance (YWA) is a professional organization that aims to empower the next generation of female leaders. The organization is here today for tomorrow’s leaders, specifically women in Central Texas, by aiding in the development of a young women’s personal and professional growth.
With more than 250 members, YWA strives to empower women through our mentorship program, Connect, our educational Speaker Series, our involvement with the Girl’s Empowerment Network (GEN), and our opportunities to volunteer and lead within the community. YWA is the largest women-lead non-profit in Austin, TX.
The Young Women’s Alliance Foundation (YWAF) was founded in 1998 to support our initiative to provide scholarships for young ladies in the Austin community. Through YWAF, we have provided over $250,000 worth of scholarships to over 70 local young ladies.
About Young Men’s Business League of Austin
Founded in 1913, the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL) is one of the oldest and most respected social service organizations in Austin. For 100 years, the YMBL has built today’s young professionals into tomorrow’s leaders by creating connections, fostering leadership development and serving the Austin Sunshine Camps.
With more than 240 active members and a growing alumni base, the YMBL facilitates the most established network of young businessmen in Austin, providing a platform for members to create connections through a variety of social and service opportunities, cultivating life-long personal and professional relationships.
Founded in 1928, YMBL’s major philanthropic endeavor in time and money is the Austin Sunshine Camp (ASC). ASC serves more than 800 low-income, high potential children every summer and many more through year-round leadership and mentoring programs. The mission of the ASC is to create a better future and stronger community through mentoring, education, and personal development of our low-income youth. www.austinymbl.org