Oklahoma’s Next Generation of Leaders and Achievers

In 2017, there were 187 winners from 156 companies/organizations in 15 career categories of the professions, trades, business, public service, and non-profits. Statewide, 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 eighth 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.

2017 NextGen Under 30 Awards Ceremony – Highlights
Introduction by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb

2018 Calendar

December 5, 2017 – 2018 NextGen Under 30 nominations open
August 1, 2018 – Deadline for nominations and applications

NextGen Under 30 – Interview in The Oklahoman
Garland McWatters, May 18, 2017
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2018 Nomination Categories

Adult and Higher Education

Teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

The Arts

Performing, visual, literary, as artists, agents, managers, facilitators

Education K-12

Primary and secondary school teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

Energy & Transportation

Any role in any energy exploration, generation, analysis, processing, or delivery organization. Plus, anyone who works in any category of the transportation industry.


Jobs with firms that provide financial services to commercial and retail customers.


Providing medical and healthcare goods or services.


Restaurants/Foodservice, bars, and hotels.

The Law

Attorneys, paralegals, judges, assistants, managers.

Manufacturing, Industry, the Trades, and Agriculture

Individuals engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. Skilled workers, artisans, specialized training. Individuals involved with private or commercial agriculture or agriculture-related enterprises.

Media, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

Communications companies of all types, whether print, internet, cable, radio, or video broadcast. Companies associated with buying and selling a product or service, including advertising, selling, and delivering products to people.

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.

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. 

Retail and E-Commerce

Jobs involving selling merchandise or services to others.

Science, Technology, and Engineering

From the laboratory to the field and all STEM activities in between.


Human resources, career counseling, temporary employment, recruiters.

Program Sponsors

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NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma

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220 West Wilshire Blvd., Suite F2
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116

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(405) 816-3338 Don Swift, Publisher