Oklahoma’s Next Generation of Leaders and Achievers

In 2023, 417 outstanding young Oklahomans have been selected as NextGen under 30 Award Winners in 21 career categories from 247 companies and organizations. NextGen under 30 Oklahoma recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities. Winners this year were from across the entire state, including Guymon to Durant to Tahlequah, in Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas and beyond.

Nominations and applications for NextGen Under30 2024 will open on January 15, 2024. 

About NextGen Under 30

In just thirteen years, the NextGen Under 30 program has expanded throughout Oklahoma, with 2,890 award winners selected from 9,755  nominees, from over 421 different companies and organizations located in cities and towns across the entire State of Oklahoma.

By the year of 2024, Millennials will make up nearly half of our workforce in Oklahoma.

Do you know any young adult OVER-ACHIEVER Oklahomans doing amazing things in Oklahoma and who are 30 years old in 2024 or younger?

The NextGen Under 30 LEADERSHIP and AWARD RECOGNITION Program was founded in 2011 and has received over 9,755  nominations as there are many talented young individuals living in Oklahoma.

The NextGen Under 30 mission is to identify and honor these very talented young Oklahomans, to encouraging them to follow their lifetime family and career goals in Oklahoma.

I encourage you to nominate innovative, creative-thinking, and inspiring young individuals who push the boundaries beyond their years, who are worthy of winning this award.

The NextGen under 30 award program will re-open January 15, 2024 




Donald B. Swift

NextGen Under 30 – Interview in The Oklahoman
Garland McWatters, May 18, 2017 click to play

NextGen under 30 Event Calendar 2024

Nominations open on  January  15, 2024

NextGen Ambassador Meeting TBA

NextGen Alumni Reception TBA

Nomination Deadline  July 15, 2024


Application Deadline   July 22, 2024


Summer Summit – Emerge Empowered  August 2024 9:00 – 4:00 Location: Oklahoma City Community College

NextGen Winners Announced August 12, 2024
WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON  www.nextgenunder30.com/winners

Day at the State Capitol September 9, 2024   10:30 – 12:00 at the Oklahoma State Capitol OKC OK

Networking Luncheon September 9, 2024  10:30 – 12:00 at the Oklahoma State Capitol OKC OK

NextGen Award Ceremony  Friday, November 15,2024   5:30 – 9:00 Location: Embassy Suites Hotel Norman, OK

A few words about the NextGen Under 30 program

Now in its thirteenth year and having expanded the program’s 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. 

Nomination Categories

Adult and Higher Education

Teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

Animal Care

Veterinary clinics and professionals, shelters, rescue organizations, pharmaceuticals.

The Arts

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


Any career or job associated with flying or any operation of aricraft

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.

Health Care

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. 

Real Estate

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts.

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.

Sports and Outdoors

Any career or job associated with any activity involving physical energy, training, skill, coaching, of any individual or teams


Human resources, career counseling, temporary employment, recruiters.


Any career or job associated with the travel promotion industry


Career does not fit any of the other categories

Contact Us

NextGen Under 30 Oklahoma  

Under 30 Foundation

A production of OKnStyle Publishing, LLC

3240 W Britton Road Ste 101
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73120 USA
+1 (405) 607-0930 ionOklahoma Offices
+1 (405) 816-3338 Don Swift, Publisher

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