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Impact Award Nominations Due

Our city is enriched not only by our outstanding young professionals but by the community leaders who have mentored and guided them. 

The organization awards honor three organizations based on size, impact, philosophy, community involvement and overall leadership of young professionals. These awards serve as appreciation and recognition to those organizations that advance our mission. 

The individual awards 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 September 1 – October 19. Nominees will be then asked to provide additional materials by October 26 to complete their nominations. Finalists will be notified prior to the event; winners will be announced at the awards gala on November 16.

Nominees and nominators are not required to be members of the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Submit your nomination!

Award Categories

Mentor of the Year - This award goes to one executive level community leader who impacts others, especially young professionals, in the community as a leader or mentor. It is the highest honor awarded by the Young Professionals of Knoxville. Self-nominations will not be accepted. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

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. He/she gives back to the community and has achieved a certain level of accomplishment in his/her professional field. This young professional exemplifies leadership, vision, and inspires those around him/her 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 in NOT required to be nominated.) 

Most Impactful Business: Large Company - YPK will honor three organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Large Company category is for businesses with 51 or more employees. A company is allowed to win this award once every three years. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination. 

Most Impactful Business: Small Company - YPK will honor three organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Small Company category is for businesses with 50 or fewer employees. A company is allowed to win this award once every three years. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.

Most Impactful Nonprofit - YPK will honor three organizations based on their impact and empowerment of young professionals. The organization must be located in Knox County. Young professionals are defined as individuals with a college education between the ages of 21-40. The Nonprofit Organization category is reserved for organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All nominees will be asked to submit supplemental materials to include in their nomination.