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May 5, 2011

Introducing the YPW Awards

Inaugural YPW Founders' Day Awards

Heather Bohrer

Introducing the 2011

YP’s make big contributions to Wichita – it’s time to celebrate all that we do!

The first annual YPW Awards will be presented at Founders’ Day 2011, Friday, July 29. We want to recognize the outstanding contributions that our members make to the Wichita community and we need your help! Please review the 2011 YPW Awards categories and if you know a member that deserves – nominate them! We want to hear from YOU – these awards are to celebrate our YPW members that go above and beyond the call of duty to make Wichita a better place to work, play and live.

Distinguished Young Professional Award (two will be awarded):
Presented to a YPW member who has reached personal and/or professional achievements in their career, has positively impacted their communities, and shows promise for continued success.

YPW Community Service Award:
Presented to a YPW member who is distinguished by their record of service to their community. They have engaged in continuing efforts to preserve and promote Wichita through their time, service, and talents.

YPW Innovations in Business Award:
Presented to a YPW Member who has made a unique or especially noteworthy contribution to their business, a YP who has reinvigorated or modernized a business, or a YP who has successfully started their own business. Special consideration will be given to those nominated for contributions that are designed to attract and retain young talent to Wichita in some way or provide a service uniquely designed to appeal to YP’s.

Additional recognition will be given to one business for a Young Professionals Choice Award and our Outstanding Corporate Investor of the Year.

Any YPW member may nominate any business for the Young Professionals Choice Award, and nominations will be reviewed with three finalists selected by the Board of Trustees. Finalists will be emailed out to YPW members, who will vote on the winner. Nominees are expected to be companies that excel in their efforts to attract, retain and develop young professionals in the Wichita community.

The Award for Outstanding Corporate Investor of the Year will be presented to a YPW corporate investor that has shown continued support for YPW, its programs, and the Wichita community. YPW Staff will select the finalists for this award and the Board of Trustees will vote on the winner. (Those Board of Trustees members employed by any finalist company will be excluded from the voting process.)

In addition to these awards, we will also recognize each Action Team’s Volunteer of the Year to honor the exceptional individuals responsible for planning YPW’s extensive programming, and the YPW Commitment Award will be presented.

Finalists will be announced prior to Founders’ Day on July 29, so watch the YPW Newsletter and Blog for these special announcements!

Please click here for the brief nomination form! Nominations are due by May 25. Forms can be returned to Heather Denker: or faxed to 265-7502.

Individual YPW awards applications will be reviewed by the YPW Awards Selection Panel. This panel consists of YPW’s Board of Trustees Chair, Past Chair and Chair Elect, YPW’s Community Advisors and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce. Selection will be moderated by YPW Staff. (If excessive numbers of applications are received, a panel of YPW volunteers and YPW Staff will narrow the selections) Consideration will be given to the exact criteria of the award as well as activities in the spirit of YPW’s Mission. All awards require that the nominee have been a YPW Member for at least three consecutive months prior to nomination.


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