Recognizing Young Nebraskans

Young Nebraskans Week awards celebrate talented, influential young Nebraskans who are making a positive impact in their workplaces and communities. Awards are presented by Connecting Young Nebraskans and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

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2021 Young Nebraskans Award Categories

Applications have closed.

Young Professional of the Year

A young professional who takes unusual or extraordinary measures to positively impact their community while balancing work, family, and life. This young professional demonstrates qualities from all of the Young Nebraskans Awards categories.

Community Involvement & Impact

A young professional who has made significant contributions to the community through civic engagement, board or committee work, and/or involvement with charitable organizations and whose pioneering work and vision is impacting their community for the better.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

A young professional who has brought an innovative initiative, product, or service to the market in an original way. This award aims to recognize achievers, innovators, and makers, who have contributed significantly towards the development of a new business or idea.

Leadership & Professional Development

A young professional who has shown extraordinary leadership skills in their role while acting as a role model and inspiring other young professionals in their community. This individual dedicates a generous amount of time to the personal and professional development of their coworkers, peers, and overall community.

The New Nebraskan Award

A young professional who has made significant contributions to the state of Nebraska through their professional achievements and community involvement. This individual is not a Nebraska native but has adopted Nebraska as their home state, and has brought new business, culture, and innovation to their community.


Who Can Apply?


  • Must  be between 18-40ish years of age.
  • Must be a resident of Nebraska.
  • Young Professional Group affiliation not required.
  • Applicants may apply to multiple awards, but can only win one award per year.

When Will Winners Be Announced?

Winners will be announced on October 22nd at the Connecting Young Nebraskans summit in Ord, NE. Follow us on social media to be among the first to know our 2021 Young Nebraskans Award winners!

What do Winners Receive?

  • A certificate and plaque from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (great for your office and your resume).
  • Recognition on the Nebraska Good Life Social and Connecting Young Nebraskans Social Media Accounts.

2020 Young Nebraskans Award Winners

Young Professional of the Year

Jordan Lambrecht – Managing Partner at Pixel Bakers Design Studio in Lincoln, NE.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Rachel Daly – Owner of Innovative Rx Compounding Pharmacy in Kearney, NE.

Community Involvement & Impact

Itzel Lopez – VP of Advancement and Community Relations with the AIM Institute in Omaha, NE.