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Forty Under 40 Awards

Association Forum and USAE Forty Under 40 Awards

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Applications for the 2016 Forty Under 40 Awards will be accepted through July 31, 2016.


The Association Forum and USAE weekly newspaper are teaming up to honor the association community’s 40 most accomplished professionals under the age of 40.

The fourth annual Forty Under 40® Awards will recognize 40 up-and-coming association or nonprofit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession. View the 2015 honorees,  2014 honorees and 2013 honorees

Before applying, please carefully review the Forty Under 40 Awards eligibility requirements:

  • 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 aid the future of the association and nonprofit community. Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate leadership skills and potential.
  • 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.

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

  • Profiles and interviews will be published in a special Forty Under 40 Awards section of USAE newspaper;
  • A Forty Under 40 Awards reception will be held on Dec. 14 at the IVY Boutique Hotel, Chicago* where the honorees will receive their recognitions and have the opportunity to network with established association leaders as well as top executives from IVY Boutique Hotel, Team San Jose, Custom News, Colonial Williamsburg, Delta Airlines and Vetted Solutions; and
  • During Association Forum's Holiday Showcase® 2016 brunch at the Hyatt Regency Chicago* on Dec. 15.

*Attendance is encouraged but not required. Honorees will be responsible for their own travel arrangements.

Here's what one of our past honorees had to say about their experience!




Please contact awards@associationforum.org with any questions.

Partners Make It Possible

Thank you to the 2016 Forty Under 40 Awards Sponsors:

Premier Sponsors:

Ivy Hotel San Jose Logo

Title Sponsors:

colonialwhotel CustomNEWS

deltaVetted Solutions

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