40 under 40

The annual 40 Under 40 Awards recognizes local African-American professionals who inspire others through their vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. They are individuals who exemplify extraordinary stature, poise and integrity who continue to break the mold and affect change in their professions and community.


These young stars influence those around them to go beyond the norm and strive for greatness. They are champions of our economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of our business, religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and service. Each year, new honorees join the exclusive society of elite professionals who have previously received this distinction.


The 40 Under 40 Awards and induction ceremony is an elegant evening that commemorates the successes of our honorees attracting nearly 500 accomplished tastemakers, influencers, executives, heroes, and decision-makers in urban communities.