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August 1, 2022

New awards program recognizes the region’s efforts to attract, engage and retain young talent


Cleveland, Ohio —August 1, 2022 — Engage! Cleveland will host the inaugural Generation NEXT Awards on September 29, 2022 at The City Club of Cleveland. The Generation NEXT Awards will honor the companies and individuals working diligently to attract, engage and retain young professional talent to Cleveland. Winning companies and individuals will be recognized for their efforts in helping transform the region into a premier community for young professionals to live, work and get engaged civically.

“We’re excited to celebrate the companies and individuals who are investing in the future of Cleveland through the development of up-and-coming professionals,” said Ashley Basile Oeken, President of Engage! Cleveland.

Nominations will be received from individuals, companies, and organizations throughout the region for the six award categories. In order to recognize all of the organizations in the Cleveland community working to attract, engage and retain talent, awards, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement Award, will be given to four winners per category – large employer, mid-size, small, and nonprofit/government/public sector. Self-nominations are accepted and there is no fee to nominate.

Categories include:

Company of the Year Award

Mentor of the Year Award

Program of the Year Award

Young Professional of the Year Award

Engage! Cleveland Employer of the Year Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the following categories:

Company of the Year

Mentor of the Year

Program of the Year

Young Professional of the Year

Engage! Cleveland Employer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Awards will be internally nominated and awarded through a committee appointed by Engage! Cleveland. All other categories will be awarded by a selection committee.

Nominations can be submitted by visiting by 5:00 p.m. on August 15, 2022. Nominees must have a physical location in the seven-county region of Northeast Ohio (Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, or Summit) to be eligible for an award.

Award recipients will be notified in late August 2022 and invited to attend a special breakfast awards ceremony on September 29, 2022 at The City Club of Cleveland.

To learn more about Engage! Cleveland, please visit and follow the nonprofit on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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