About the NELA

2019 NELA nominations and applications now open.

2019 NELA nominations and applications now open.

Start your 2019 NELA Application.

Applicants MUST be under the age of 40 as of 2/25/19 and live and work in the Nashville region.


2019 Nashville Emerging Leader Awards

The Nashville Area Chamber and YP Nashville annually present the Nashville Emerging Leader Awards (NELA). The NELA recognize Nashville's young professionals for significant accomplishments in their chosen career fields, as well as their commitment and contribution to the community. 

Nominate yourself or someone else to apply for the 2019 NELA

2019 NELA Timeline

January 18 - Nominations open / applications available
February 18 - Nomination deadline
February 25 - Application deadline
March-May - Judging
April 1 - Impact Award nominations open
May 15 - Impact Award nomination deadline
June - Finalists announced
June  20- Meet the NELA Finalists Networking Event
August 1 - NELA Award Ceremony

Click here to view the 2018 NELA winners!

Impact Award

Another facet of the NELA is the Impact Award, which honors a community leader who is making an important impact on the young professional demographic in terms of community leadership and professional development of Nashville's YPs and YP organizations. 

2018 Impact Award Recipient

  • Bob Martineau, President, LHP Management at LHP Capital, LLC

Check out the 2017 NELA photo gallery here.