Oklahoma’s Next Generation of Leaders and Achievers

In 2018, there were 267 winners from 202 companies/organizations in 15 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. Winners this year were from across the state, from Guymon to Durant to Tahlequah, in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and beyond.

About NextGen Under 30

In just eight years, the NextGen Under 30 program has expanded throughout Oklahoma, with 900 award winners selected from 6,000 nominees, from over 400 organizations. This year’s winners hailed from Guymon to Durant to Tahlequah, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City.

Former Governor Mary Fallin: “What a wonderful way to recognize outstanding achievements by Oklahoma’s best and brightest. By the year 2020, Millennials will make up nearly half of our workplace.”

Do you know any young adult OVER-ACHIEVER Oklahomans doing amazing things in Oklahoma and who are 30 years old in 2019 or younger?

The NextGen under 30 Leadership and Award Recognition Program was created in 2010 and has received over 5,500 nominations and honored over 900 honorees through 2018.

The NextGen under 30 mission has been to identify and honor these very talented young Oklahomans as a way of encouraging them to follow their lifetime career goals in Oklahoma.

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



Donald B. Swift

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

NextGen under 30 Event Calendar 2019

1 Day Regional Workshop #1 TBD Embassy Suites Hotel Norman OK

1 Day Regional Workshop #2 Mar 28 Southwestern OSU Weatherford OK

1 Day Regional Workshop #3 TBD Broken Arrow Chamber Broken Arrow OK

1 Day Regional Workshop #4 TBD Oklahoma State Univ Stillwater OK

NextGen Alumni Reception May-19 Gaillardia Country Club OKC OK

Two Day Leadership Retreat TBD, 2019 Chickasaw Conf Center Sulphur OK

Nomination Deadline 18-Aug-19

Ambassador Meeting 24-Aug-19 Oklahoma History Ct OKC OK

NextGen Winners Announce 6-Sep-19 nextgenuder 30 website

Day at the State Capitol 23-Sep-19 Oklahoma State Capitol OKC OK

Networking Luncheon 23-Sep-19

NextGen Award Ceremony 15-Nov-19 Embassy Suites Hotel Norman OK
with friends,family, and business assoc

A few words about the NextGen Under 30 program

Now in its ninth 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.


Nominations for the 2019 NextGen Under 30 competition are now open!


2019 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

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. 

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.


Career does not fit any of the other categories

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