About the NELAs


2018 NELAs nominations are now open!

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

Impact Award

Another facet of the NELAs 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. 

2017 Impact Award Recipient

2018 NELAs Timeline


January 9 - Nominations open / applications available

February 20 - Nomination deadline

February 27 - Application deadline

March-May - Judging

April - Impact Award deadline

June - Finalists announced

June - Meet the NELAs Finalists Networking Event

August - NELAs Award Ceremony