Spectacular Magazine will recognize the brightest innovators and game-changers between the ages of 18-35 who are transforming the world in their own way in the categories listed with the Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leaders of the Year Awards.
Nominations will be accepted on-line March 26 – April 8. Categories and criteria are below.
The Emerging Leader Planning Committee will, based on a program-wide scoring system, narrow the nominations down to three (3) Semi-Finalists in each category. Semi-Finalists will be announced on Sunday April 15 at 7:30 am on Spectacular Magazine Radio Show on Foxy 107/104.
On-line voting will run April 28 thru May 11 and the recipients of the awards will be presented at the Spectacular Magazine 2018 Emerging Leaders of the Year Awards Gala on Sunday May 20, 2018. The Gala will be held at the Millennium Hotel with a reception at 2 pm, Gala at 3 pm.
The categories and criteria are:
Activism – individual must have made substantial contributions in furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties, and/or human rights; led the development of contemporary measures to fight discrimination and prejudice and the effects of past discrimination; and/or fostered positive intergroup relations among persons of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, religious backgrounds, or physical and mental abilities; person of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
Arts – individual must embody the values and mission of improving their communities through the arts while receiving regional or national regional recognition in the arts; forms of artistic accomplishments may include but not limited to the following: performance, choreography, directing, designing, composition, or visual arts; person of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
Beauty Industry Professional – individual must be a real industry game changer; demonstrate leadership skills and impact of their work specifically on the hair, nail and/or skin care industry; must be of African or African-American heritage.
Community Service – individual must have volunteered their time for one or more activities that were to the immediate benefit of others in the community; must be of African or African-American heritage.
Entrepreneurship – individual must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of their company and principally responsible for its operation; must have been in business for at least the past six consecutive months, and the business must be a for-profit business; must be of African or African-American heritage.
Education – individual who is driven by the need to help students succeed and has made significant gains toward eliminating the significant gap between the achievement levels of blacks and non-black students; person of any race, color or creed who serves the African-American community is eligible.
Fitness – individual that is contributing in various ways to the advancement and/or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, and/or nutrition; must be of African or African-American heritage.
Health – individual who dedicated their career toward the welfare and advancement of minority health and the elimination of health disparities; has taken action to further the goals of improving the health status of all racial and ethnic minority Americans; must be of African or African-American heritage.
Social Media Influencer – individual has demonstrated that they are the very best in their craft when it comes to social media marketing, content creation and strategy, and overall social media influence; tangible and demonstrable results in the category are mandatory (semi-finalists must create and successfully execute specified social media campaign); must be of African or African-American heritage.
Technology Innovator – individual must have introduced noteworthy innovations in technology that advance business and IT; demonstrable advances in the productivity and potential of business applications as well as technology that contributes significantly to improved efficiency, productivity and the performance of an organization, cause, and/or learning experience. must be of African or African-American heritage.
Nomination forms will be available Monday March 26 at www.spectacularmag.com