2024 Nominations Closed. Thank You!

Michiana Forty under 40 is a distinguished initiative that highlights the achievements of 40 outstanding young adults who, despite being under the age of 40, have demonstrated exceptional leadership, excellence in their respective careers, and a commitment to community service. The program aims to recognize and celebrate the contributions of these individuals who not only excel in their professional endeavors but also make significant efforts to give back to and positively impact their communities.

Through spotlighting these leaders, executives and professionals, the Michiana Forty under 40 program inspires and encourages a new generation of influencers, showcasing the diverse talents and dedication of individuals who are shaping the present and future of the Michiana region. 2024 marks the recognition of the program's 18th class! The program is brought to you by the South Bend Regional Chamber, Young Professionals Network South Bend, in collaboration with program sponsors Community Foundation of Elkhart County, First State Bank and the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, along with chambers of commerce in the Michiana region.

The Class of 2024 will be honored at a May 17 Recognition Luncheon at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend.

Nomination Criteria

  • Initiative and dedication in pursuing their career
  • Proven success and achievement in their job/career
  • Investment in and service to others through their involvement in civic, charitable and/or religious organizations
  • Passion for their community, giving back because of that passion
  • Under the age of 40 on May 15, 2024 (For 2024 class). Minimum age is 21
  • Live and work in Michiana (LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke & Marshall counties in Indiana; and Cass & Berrien counties in Michigan)
  • Lived in the Michiana region (LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart, Starke & Marshall counties in Indiana; and Cass & Berrien counties in Michigan) for a minimum of two consecutive years at time of nomination
  • Nominees may be eligible in these and other industry sectors: education, health care, business/professional, social services/not-for-profit, government/public service, financial, services, IT, trades and more
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Helpful Nominating Tips

  • To be considered for the recognition, an individual needs to be nominated first. To nominate an individual, complete the Nomination Form accessed at the button below.
  • Make sure your candidate has not already been honored in the past. Check the Alumni Yearbook to view past recipients.
  • For best results, we suggest using Chrome, Firefox or Safari as your browser when completing the form. Avoid using Edge/Internet Explorer.
  • Only online nomination forms will be considered by the selection committee. Do not provide supplemental information. It will not be considered.
  • When completing the form, make sure to "SELL" the nominee. Why should this individual be considered? Expand on the nominee's business and community accomplishments. Don't simply list them as bullet points. Your nominee is competing against hundreds of others. Why should your nominee be considered?
  • DO NOT CAMPAIGN! Quality over quantity is key.
  • Nomination content will be verified for accuracy and truthfulness. 
  • Once you've completed the form, please remember to hit the "Submit" button. It may take a few seconds for the form to go through. Upon form submission, you will receive a thank-you confirmation web page.
  • Do not take too long to complete the form, as it can "time out." We suggest typing up your responses in Word, notepad, notes, etc., and then cutting and pasting them into the form. This will also serve as your record.
  • View nomination form questions in advance.
  • If you have any questions, contact Shari Carroll at 574.400.4024.



Helpful Nominating Tips

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2023 Honorees Video

View the class roster and hear from some of the honorees. It's your chance to get to know the recipients better. Check out other content from our honorees on our YouTube playlist.

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