EDmarket's NexGen Rising Stars Awards recognition program highlights outstanding young professionals (40 and under at the time the candidate's application is submitted) for their passion, creativity, and contributions to how pedagogy, space, and technology impact students and teachers.

In its second year, the program will select outstanding, “rising star” professionals to highlight and celebrate. Nominations are reviewed based on contributions and achievements in their professional role within the educational industry. Along with personal characteristics, NexGen candidates must also illustrate other extraordinary dynamics such as community involvement, volunteer work, work-life balance, hobbies, etc. during the application process for consideration.

2024 Nominations are Now Closed

Winners receive mentorships, press and recognition, along with an invaluable inclusion in a network of EDmarket award winners. They will also be celebrated and recognized at the annual EDmarket Leadership Roundup Dinner in conjunction with EDspaces Conference and Expo this November.

Nomination Detail

Who can be nominated?

Rising, under-40 industry professionals that are leading the way with their accomplishments and passion for the educational industry. All departments from an EDmarket corporate or individual membership are eligible for nomination – from R&D to project management to engineering, marketing, sales, etc.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, self-nominations are welcome!

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Application Details

I received an email that I was nominated. Now what?

To be considered for the NexGen award, nominees must complete the entire application process, which is linked in the nomination email.

What all is required in my application?

Complete the application and upload a professional headshot.

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Panel of Judges

Meet the Judges

Judges consist of volunteer representatives from each EDmarket Councils. These industry leaders are selected to judge the nominees and use a rigorous unbiased rubric to ensure fairness. Judging will take place in June.

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JOLENE LEVIN
Owner
Jolene Levin LLC

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TAMMY ANDREYKO
Superintendent
Quaker Valley School District

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JAY FREUNDLICH
VP of Product
National Public Seating

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KATHY HURLEY
Owner
Kathy Hurley, LLC

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JAMES LAPOSTA JR.
Principal / Chief Architectural Officer
JCJ Architecture

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JENNIFER NELSON SARACEVIC
Founder / President
Jennifer Nelson, LLC

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NexGen Judge
KELSEY JORDAN
Educator Planner & Architect
Legat Architects

NexGen Judge
MATT ROGERS
Communications Manager
Kay-Twelve

NexGen Judge
RACHEL MOYA
Chief Revenue Officer
The Amos Group

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Questions?

Email EDmarket Customer Service or Call 1.800.395.5550 option 2