40 Leaders Under Forty

40 Leaders Under Forty

40 Leaders Under Forty is an annual celebration of emerging leaders in Greater Peoria. Through nominations submitted by the community, the region's rising young stars are honored each year at a prestigious community reception.

The 2020 Award Ceremony took place virtually on Thursday, October 29. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Read more about their career accomplishments, volunteerism and work in the community in the November 2020 issue of Peoria Magazine.

Submissions for the 2021 class will be accepted beginning August 1, 2021.

2020 Award Ceremony

The 27th annual class of 40 Leaders Under Forty was unveiled on October 29, 2020, with a Virtual Happy Hour preceding the Award Ceremony. Below are photos from each of the breakout rooms in our Virtual Happy Hour, which included this year's class, guest alumni presenters and sponsor representatives.

40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Kari Ray, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Katy Endress, Dr. Anil Reddivari, MD. Middle: Sokonie Siah Reed, Justin A. Ball, Shelli Dankoff, Kayse Doering. Bottom: Kenneth Diana, Jan Wright
40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Dr. Gauri K. Shevatekar, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Emily Jacob-Rudesill. Middle: Hiral Patel Hudson, Ellen Adams, Paroma Banerjee. Bottom: Gina Guo, Jan Wright
40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Elizabeth Hover, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Abigail M. Fleming, Alexander Martin. Middle: Jeff Schieferle Uhlenbrock, Anne Marie Miller, Jon Jenkins, Alicia Turner. Bottom: Ryan Miller, Amy Braet, Jeff Muniz, Jan Wright
40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Katie Kim, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Nicholas DeMoss, Sharbel A. Rantisi. Middle: Nina R. Gougis, Dr. Michele Beekman, Pat Taphorn, Marty Roth. Bottom: Noah Menold, Mike Murphy, Jan Wright
40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Sarah Fletcher, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Jessica L. Thomas, Jessica L. Ball. Middle: Chief Demario Boone, James Weekly, Jason Clay, Holly Edwin. Bottom: Jan Wright, Jen Adler
40 Leaders Class of 2020
Top: Joel M. Dickerson, Jonathan Wright, Mae Gilliland Wright, Matt George. Middle: Caius Jennison, Sandra Marchand, Don Shafer. Bottom: Dr. Christopher Michael Couri, Ashley Schreck, Anupama Uddavolu
40 Leaders 2020 presenters
2020 alumni presenters. Top: Chief Demario Boone, Mae Gilliland Wright, Jonathan Wright. Middle: Jan Wright, Katie Kim, Shelli Dankoff. Bottom: Matt George, Jeff Muniz, Paroma Banerjee
Thanks to our sponsors!

Corporate Partner

  Caterpillar, Inc.  
 

Executive Sponsors

Cullinan Properties, Ltd. RLI Corp. OSF HealthCare
Hometown Community Banks Farnsworth Group  
 

Associate Sponsors

Adams Outdoor Community Foundation of Central Illinois UnityPoint Health - Central Illinois Foundation
     

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2019 Award Ceremony

The 2019 class of 40 Leaders Under Forty was unveiled on November 4, 2019 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. Read the November 2019 issue of Peoria Magazine to learn more about this distinguished group of young professionals.

40 Leaders Under Forty 2019

Check out more photos from the 2019 event....

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