The annual Polk Emerging Leaders Awards is a collaborative event of the three young professional groups in Polk County. Continuing a new era of collaboration and blurring the east/west dividing line, the awards have been established to annually recognize five young professionals between 21- 42 who have made significant contributions and commitment to the Polk County community. Thank you to the BartowLakeland and Winter Haven Chamber's for supporting this collaborative event amongst their three young professionals groups:

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The annual PELA event offers an excellent opportunity to network with some of Polk County's most outstanding young professionals and prominent business leaders. The annual event recognizes five young professionals between the ages of 21 and 42 who have made significant contributions and commitment to the Polk County community. Congrats to last year's nominees! Join fellow EMERGE members August 30, 2018. Enjoy a cocktail hour and delicious sit down dinner as you are inspired by young professionals serving and giving back in our community.

Nominations are now open for 2018:

To nominate an individual for the Polk Emerging Leader Awards, simply fill out the form below. If you prefer to fill out and scan your nomination form you can download it here. Email the nomination to pelanomination@gmail.com. The nominee will be notified of the nomination and asked to complete an application to provide more information. The nominee will be emailed the application. Nominations are due May 30.


Applications must be returned to pelanomination@gmail.com or dropped off at 401 Ave B NW, Winter Haven by NOON June 15, 2018.

PELA Nomination Form 2018.pdf


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