- We connect young professionals with peers and Knoxville's influential business and community leaders through social and business networking opportunities
- We develop young professionals as young business leaders by educating them about Knoxville and cultivating personal and professional skills
- We serve our community by engaging young professionals in volunteer and community outreach projects and providing opportunities to give back
The business award category serves as appreciation and recognition to those organizations that advance our mission.
The individual awards also celebrate leaders who embody our vision of making Knoxville the most desirable city for young professionals to live, work and play.
Nominations are open from July 1 – August 31. Nominees will be then asked to provide additional materials by September 13 to complete their nominations. Finalists will be notified prior to the event; winners will be announced at the awards gala on November 15.
If you wish to submit multiple nominations, please select "Submit Another Response" after you submit this form.
**NOTE: Information provided on the nomination form below will be used as part of the judging process.**
If you have any questions regarding the nomination process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for taking the time to recognize deserving candidates!
Most Impactful Business: YPK will honor companies based on their impact and empowerment of Knoxville’s young professionals. The company must have a location in Knox County. Knoxville young professionals are defined as individuals who live and/or work in Knoxville between the ages of 21-40. Both nonprofit and for-profit entities will be considered for this award. All nominees will be required to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. - Organizations can win this award every three years (ex. If they win in 2019, they are not eligible to win again until 2022.)
Outstanding Young Professional: This award goes to five young professionals (age 21-40) working and/or living in the Knoxville area who have contributed to making their community a better place. Outstanding Young Professional winners give back to the community and have achieved a certain level of accomplishment in their professional fields. These young professionals exemplify leadership and inspire those around them to leave a lasting impact. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. - Self-nominations will not be accepted. (YPK membership is NOT required to be nominated.) - Individuals can only win this award once.
The Impact Award: *formerly known as Mentor of the Year*
This is the highest honor awarded by Young Professionals of Knoxville. This award goes to one seasoned leader over the age of 40 who impacts young professionals in the Knoxville community. YPK’s mission is to inspire Knoxville’s young professionals to connect, develop and serve to build leaders and improve our community. The winner of this award embodies this mission in both their professional and personal life. - Self-nominations will not be accepted. - All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. - Individuals can only win this award once.