So You Want to Nominate a Leader…

It’s that time of year again! For 24 years, Peoria Magazines has celebrated young leadership in Greater Peoria—honoring the region’s best and brightest at a prestigious reception each November.

Since the first class of 40 Leaders Under Forty was recognized in 1994, 920 area leaders have joined this exclusive group. They come from different backgrounds and all walks of life, but one thing is constant: their support and advocacy for their community.

Nominations for the 2017 class are now being accepted through Friday, September 8th! So what exactly does it take to nominate someone?

In addition to basic information about the nominee, we ask for the following:

  1. Why you believe this individual should receive the 40 Leaders Under Forty award;
  2. Detailed examples of accomplishments demonstrating leadership in his/her profession;
  3. Detailed examples of volunteerism and community service;
  4. Examples of nominee recognition, honors, awards, etc. supporting the nomination; and
  5. Additional information the judges should know that is relevant to the nomination.

Here are three helpful hints when preparing your nomination:

  1. The majority of candidates are not selected on their first nomination. Did you nominate someone last year who was not selected? Update your nomination and send it again! In many cases, it takes two or three years of nominations before a candidate is selected.
  2. Self-nominations are accepted—but it’s better to be nominated by a third party. Find a friend or colleague to submit a nomination on your behalf, and your chances of winning will likely improve.
  3. More tends to be better. Make sure to address each question in detail—don’t pad it with fluff, but don’t leave anything out! The nominations will be used to help create bios of the winners for the November issue of iBi and the awards ceremony.

Check out our FAQ page for additional details about the nomination process and the event itself—then get your nomination in by the deadline: 4:30pm on Friday, September 8th.

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