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The Emerging Leader Award

In 2013 the Center for Leadership instituted The Emerging Leader Award to recognize a new generation of leaders who are providing innovative solutions to social and business challenges, and improving the quality of life in our community. This award is provided in partnership with the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation.


The Emerging Leader Award was developed to recognize a new generation of leaders. This recognition symbolizes the aspiration to transcendent leadership to be pursued by each new generation, to build a better world – by engaging with society to create solutions in tangible and practical ways. The recipient is recognized at a special educational event where he or she presents a lecture and receives $1,000 to further their work in the community.

Nominees for The Emerging Leader Award must be under 40.

Upcoming Dates

  • June 15: Deadline to submit nominations.
  • Summer: Announcement of Emerging Leader Award recipient
  • November: The Emerging Leader Award Lecture

Selection Process

Nominations are considered by a five-member committee comprised of The Center’s Directors (2), a member of the Chapman family, and two members of The Center’s advisory board. If you would like to nominate someone for the 2018 award, click here.