Kansas' Next Generation of Leaders and Achievers


NextGen Under 30 Kansas recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities.

Nominations and applications for NextGen Under 30 2024 Are now OPEN!

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About NextGen Under 30

Do you know any young adult OVER-ACHIEVERS doing amazing things in Kansas and who are 30 years old anytime in 2024 or younger?

The NextGen Under 30 mission is to identify and honor these very talented young adults, to  encourage them to follow their lifetime family and career goals in Kansas.

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

Nominations for the 2024 NextGen Under 30 award program will Open January 22


Donald B Swift


NextGen Under 30 Event Calendar 2024

Nomination Launch – February 1, 2024

Nomination deadline – July 19, 2024

Application deadline –  July 26, 2024

Honorees are announced – August 9, 2024

“Day at the Capitol”  Winners meet the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. – September 10, 2024
10:00AM – 11:30AM

“Networking Luncheon” – September 10, 2024
12:00PM – 2:00PM

Annual NextGen Dinner and Award Ceremony –
November 8, 2024

A few words about the NextGen Under 30 program

NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. 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.

Nomination Categories

Adult and Higher Education

Teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations

Advanced Manufacturing

Those involved in the development and application of innovative technologies to improve manufacturing processes and products.

Agriculture & Food Production

Those engaged in the growth of crops and raising of animals to provide food, wool and other products.

Animal Health

Veterinary clinics and professionals, shelters, rescue organizations, pharmaceuticals

The Arts

Performing, visual, literary, as artists, agents, managers, facilitators


Any career or job associated with flying or any operation of aricraft

BioTech & AgTech

Those involved in the genetic modification and exploration of biological processes for industrial and medical uses; those involved in the development and application of new technology or the application of existing technology from other sectors to improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.

Distribution & Logistics

Those involved in the post-manufacture process of warehousing, stock control, distribution, transportation and delivery of goods from the factory to the consumer.

Education K-12

Primary and secondary school teaching, training, administration, mentor, operations.

Finance and Banking

Jobs with firms that provide financial services to commercial and retail customers.


Providing medical and health care goods or services.


Restaurants/Foodservice, bars, and hotels.

The Law

Attorneys, paralegals, judges, assistants, managers.

Manufacturing & Industry

Those involved with the conversion of raw materials into finished goods on a large scale using labor, machinery, and tools.

Media, Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising

Communication 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


Any member actively serving or in the reserves of the armed forces of the United States.

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.

Oil, Gas & Energy

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.

Real Estate Development & Services

Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties, such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts.

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.

Sports and Outdoors

Any career or job associated with any activity involving physical energy, training, skill, coaching, of any individual or teams


Human resources, career counseling, temporary employment, recruiters.


Any career or job associated with the travel promotion industry

The Trades & Construction

Skilled laborers working in the building trades and those involved in manufacturing of residential and commercial structures and their components.


Career does not fit any of the other categories

Contact Us

NextGen Under 30 Kansas, LLC

Josh Woods
704 East Douglass Ste 44
Wichita Kansas 67202

316 655.8004

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