It is time to nominate an overachiever! Nominations for the 29th annual 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition program that salutes young, dynamic leaders under the age of 40 are accepted through Sunday, June 30, 2024.

The 20 Under 40 program focuses on individuals in the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or as volunteers in their community.

Nominating is a fast and effortless way to recognize deserving young leaders. To submit a nomination, go to  and complete the electronic form before midnight on Sunday, June 30, 2024.  Minimal information required—individual’s name, company or organization, and an email address.  To be eligible, candidates must be born before June 30, 1984.

The 2024 Recognition Program will take place at The Valentine Theatre on Monday, October 28, 2024, and will feature alumni celebrating 5 (2019), 10 (2014), 15 (2009), 20 (2004) and 25 (1999) year anniversaries. For the 29th consecutive year, Chrys Peterson, former WTOL news anchor, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The 20 Under 40 sponsors include Eastman & Smith, Fifth Third Bank, Plante Moran, The Andersons, The University of Toledo, and Dana Incorporated. Partners include Buckeye Broadband, Media Partner; Leadership Toledo, Community Partner; and Telex Communications, Inc., Founding Partner. UlrichPinciotti and THREAD Marketing Group serve as Creative Partners. Supporting community organizations include EPIC Toledo, Imagination Station, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Opera, Toledo Rotary, Toledo Zoo, and the Valentine Theatre. These community organizations provide tickets/discounts/gifts to candidates and/or recipients.

For more information on the 20 Under 40 program, including an overview and past recipients, go to