Emerging Leaders Accepting 4 Under 40 Award Nominations

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Emerging Leaders of United Way of Lake County Accepting Nominations for 2022 “4 Under 40” Young Professional Awards


Mentor, OH (October 14, 2022) – The Emerging Leaders of United Way of Lake County are currently accepting nominations for their fifth annual “4 Under 40” Young Professional Awards. Applications are being accepted now through November 1, 2022.


The "4 Under 40" awards seek to recognize Lake County’s best and brightest outstanding young professionals for their hard work and achievements in the areas of leadership, community involvement, entrepreneurship, and professional accomplishment.

Nominees must live or work in Lake County and must be between the ages of 21- 40 years old during the year ending December 31, 2022.

A digital nomination form and complete details can be found on United Way of Lake County’s website at uwlc.org/EL4Under40Nomination.

All four 2022 winners will be recognized by the Emerging Leaders during an awards ceremony the evening of January 19, 2023 at The Everly in Mentor.

“Lake County is blessed to have so many dynamic, accomplished young professionals motivated to give back to our community. We look forward to recognizing these extraordinary individuals,” said Emerging Leaders’ chair Kerry Jonke of Lakeland Community College.

Last year, the following 2021 winners included Ben Capelle, CEO of Laketran; Brandi Haught, Branch Manager of KeyBank; Andrew Somich, President & CEO of Somich & Associates CPAs; and Jen Yorko, General Manager of the Lake County Captains

A fifth honoree was also recognized to include a candidate from the nonprofit sector for the first time. The winner of this was Lake County YMCA Director of Development Sarah Baggot.

The mission of the Emerging Leaders is to be a catalyst for change in the lives of Lake County youth through leadership, advocacy, knowledge, and education in order to facilitate positive behaviors that will create tomorrow’s leaders.
The group welcomes new members interested in volunteering their time to impact the lives of Lake County’s youth. To learn more about the Emerging Leaders, visit United Way of Lake County’s website at uwlc.org/emerging-leaders.