About the NELA

2019 NELA applications now closed.

2019 NELA applications now closed.

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. 


2019 NELA Timeline

January 18 - Nominations open / applications available
March 1 - 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.