Time is running out for the submission of nominations to be considered for inclusion in the 2011 PRWeek 40 Under 40 list.
The 40 Under 40 initiative is one of my favorite things that PRWeek has launched, honoring as it does the next generation of PR CEOs and leaders - this year's list will be revealed in our August issue.
Established in 2007, the lists in the intervening time read like a who's who of the brightest talents that are set to dominate the industry over the next few years.
In 2007, the list included luminaries such as Clive Armitage from Bite Communications; Brandee Barker, then of Facebook; MSL's Jim Tsokanos; DKC's Sean Cassidy; Toshiba's Maria Repole; and Ketchum's Rob Lorfink.
Subsequent lists included Pfizer's Ray Kerins; Tita Freeman from the US Chamber of Commerce, soon to move to the National Retail Federation; Unilever's Stacie Bright; Coyne PR's eponymous leader Tom Coyne; Shift Communications' Todd Defren; Edelman's Russell Dubner and Steve Rubel; Allergan's Caroline Van Hove; Honeywell's Rob Ferris; HP and now Juniper Networks' David Shane; influential blogger Brian Solis; Flowers Communications' Rashada Whitehead; and Airfoil PR's cofounder Janet Tyler.
Last year, we instigated the first 40 Under 40 luncheon to recognise the honorees and this year we are taking this to the next stage, by integrating 40 Under 40 with PRWeek's high-profile NEXT conference. The lunch will this year kick off the NEXT conference and a group of 40 Under 40 honorees will be an intrinsic part of the conference program and content.
Today (Thursday) is the official deadline for entries to be considered for the 2011 list, but if you are mulling over a submission and need a few extra days do send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and make your case - we will see what we can do.