2017 40 Under 40 Awards

seeking the 2017 class of Forty under 40​® honorees: applications accepted may 1-July 14 

The Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper are pleased to present the fifth annual Forty Under 40® awards. We're looking for 40 accomplished association or nonprofit professionals who are 40 and younger, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and exhibit a strong passion for - and commitment to - the association management and nonprofit industries. Award recipients will be recognized in a variety of ways including at an awards event on December 13th in Chicago in conjunction with Holiday Showcase. Attendance is not required, but it is encouraged. Honorees will be responsible for their own travel arrangement).

Meet the 2016 class and view their cohorts from 2015, 2014 and 2013

The 40 honorees will be recognized and celebrated in several ways:

  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.

  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) or 501(c)(6), or association management* organization.

  • Plan to continue in roles that advance the future of the association and nonprofit community.

  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate continued success and leadership skills.

  • Under the age of 40 as of date of reception.

*An association management organization specializes in providing a host of management services for association clients. Services include professional staff, administrative support, technology, and equipment an association needs to operate efficiently.  An association management company typically manages several associations from one company location, providing a wide range of benefits.


Please contact awards@associationforum.org.

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