I don’t mean to diminish the feelings of joyful anticipation and renewed energy that spring brings, but, here at the Business Journal, we’re already thinking all the way out to October.
“Why?” you may ask. Because that’s when our annual Forty Under 40 event is! Oct. 7, to be exact.
And why am I so enthusiastically promoting an event that is five months away? Because nominations are open until June 7 for a chance to be part of this year’s class.
I had the awesome opportunity to emcee 2018’s event with my colleague Jason Scott. While I will admit it was certainly fun being on stage and introducing the member’s of the 2018 Forty Under 40 class (and um … yeah, the delicious food was also a perk, if I’m being honest), it was perhaps even more fun meeting and speaking to so many of the honorees after the awards were handed out.
I met peers from all over the region, including all the way from Chambersburg, all of whom seamlessly and authentically melded their careers with community involvement. I talked with beaming spouses and parents. I even connected with someone with whom I attended high school who later contributed his expertise to a recent Young Professionals newsletter.
2019 marks the event’s 25th anniversary, proof of the collective, time-tested value of our young professional voices in shaping the future of Central Pennsylvania. Think about it for a second: When this event was first held in 1995, the honorees were likely mostly Baby Boomers, along with some Gen Xers. The 2019 class will probably be mostly comprised of millennials and a few Gen Xers.
Though we may define ourselves by our generational differences (which today seems to boil down to the gross over-generalization of whether or not you grew up with the internet), one uniting factor remains: Every member of every Forty Under 40 class has led by example to make Central Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.
If you or someone you know fits that description, nominate them for the 2019 Forty Under 40 class here.