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Forty Under 40 Awards

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

The 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 2014 honorees and 2013 honorees

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 on Nov. 20;
  • A Forty Under 40 Awards reception will be held on Dec. 14 where the honorees will receive their recognitions and have the opportunity to network with established association leaders; and
  • During Association Forum's Holiday Showcase® 2015 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago* on Dec. 15.

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


  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), or association management organization. 
  • Be employed at an organization that directly manages 501(c).
  • 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 Dec. 14, 2015.
  • Have not previously received a Forty Under 40 Award. Past applicants are welcome to reapply. 

How to Apply

  1. Applications will be accepted June 1 through July 31, 2015.
  2. Click here to request updates. 


Please contact awards@associationforum.org with any questions.

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

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