Oklahoma’s Next Generation of Leaders and Achievers

In 2017, there will be a total of 150 winners in fifteen career categories of the professions, trades, business, public service, and non-profits. NextGen Under 30 recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities.


A few words about the NextGen Under 30 program

Now in its sixth year and expanding its scope and state-wide reach, NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. In addition, award winners are selected based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities. A panel of respected business and civic leaders serve as judges. In 2016, judges selected 296 winners among the 16 categories. Winners were honored at an awards dinner and banquet on November 18th at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

2017 Calendar

2/1 Nominations open
5/4 Alumni Reception
6/22-23 Two-Day Leadership Retreat, POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat Center, Tulsa
8/25 Nominations close
9/8 Winners announced
10/2 Day at the Capitol
10/20 NextGen Awards Ceremony

2016 Nomination Categories

The Arts

Performing, visual, literary, as artists, agents, managers, facilitators Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine.


Teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations. Sponsored by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration


Any role in any energy exploration, generation, analysis, processing, or delivery organization. Sponsored by the ionOklahoma Magazine


Jobs with firms that provide financial services to commercial and retail customers. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine


Providing medical and healthcare goods or services. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine


Restaurants/Foodservice, bars, and hotels. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association



Attorneys, paralegals, judges, assistants, managers. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine

Manufacturing, Industry, and Agriculture

Individuals engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Individuals involved with private or commercial agriculture or agriculture-related enterprises. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine


Communications companies of all types, whether print, internet, cable, radio, or video broadcast. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine

Non-Profit Organizations

Secular or religious organizations formed for the purpose of serving a public or mutual benefit rather than the pursuit or accumulation of owner or investor profit. Sponsored by Oklahoma Center for Non Profit Organizations

Policy and Public Service

Services of all types, from fire fighters to librarians, provided by a government to people living within its jurisdiction, either directly (through the public sector) or by financing provision of services. Sponsored by Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce 

Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

Companies associated with buying and selling a product or service, including advertising, selling, and delivering products to people. Sponsored by ionOklahoma Magazine

Retail and E-Commerce

Jobs involving selling merchandise or services to others. Sponsored by Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association

Science, Technology, and Engineering

From the laboratory to the field and all STEM activities in between. Sponsored by Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology

Sports and Fitness

Coaches, players, physical therapists, facility managers and workers. Sponsored by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Coaches Association

Tribal Government Gaming

All positions held in tribal casinos, other than those that fit in the Hospitality category. Sponsored by Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association.

Nomination Category Sponsors


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(405) 816-3338 Don Swift, Publisher