Leaders of tomorrow

WA Business News is embracing a program to find and bring recognition to the next generation of the State’s business leaders.

WA has produced a number of great leaders, from the leading political figures of Edith Cowan and John Forrest, to current business leaders including Michael Chaney and John Rothwell. But who will be tomorrow’s leaders?

This question led Business News to launch 40 under 40.

The program aims to bring recognition to the young business achievers who otherwise would not be noticed, possibly for years to come.

It will select 40 people of less than 40 years of age who already are leaders in their field … those who look most likely to set the State’s agenda in the next decade.

The 40 chosen will be among WA’s most dynamic young business leaders, all of whom share a common commitment to profess-ional excellence and the com-munity.

A nine-week nomination period to identify the 40 leaders will run through late October to December 31 2001, followed by a judging process culminating in mid-January 2002.

Judges will be drawn from major companies, each a high profile corporate leader or from an organisation that understands the importance of encouraging tomorrow’s decision makers through their own leadership in the process of public acknowled-gement and recognition of this group.

All 40 under 40 award winners chosen in the program’s inaugural year will be showcased at a cocktail reception run by Business News in mid-February.

Business News directors Harry Kleyn and Elton Swarts decided to run the program after a fact finding trip to the US.

The 40 under 40 program is just one of many ideas to come from the trip.

Others already implemented in the paper include the Investor and For the Record sections, both of which include valuable inform-ation for business people.

They realised there was a real lack of recognition for WA’s business community and have committed Business News to playing an instrumental role in applauding local achievers.

The paper also recognised that leadership has never been a more important issue within the community. Fostering tomorrow’s leaders through acknowledgement and recognition can assist in reinforcing these positive behaviours.

Through 40 under 40, Business News seeks to ensure that all winners will be seen as being part of a select group of people who have achieved notable success and demonstrated strong leadership in their business. All have figured out how to excel at their job while giving something back to the community, a special mix of time and talent each has mastered.

Mr Swarts said the program was about a sense of discovery.

“It’s about finding the people who are making a difference to our State and creating jobs here.

“We want to keep the program as broad as possible.

“We won’t just be focusing on the corporate people who help get the big deals through for their company. We’re looking for the people working in a factory unit somewhere who came up with the new technology that could put WA on the map”.

Nominations for the inaugural 40 under 40 awards program start in Business News next week and will include an online nomination option. Winners will be featured in a special February 14 2002 supplement to Business News. Anyone less than 40 years of age before December 31, 2001 is eligible. All winners will be honoured at an awards reception on February 13 2002. Nominees may be self nominated or nominated by another person, including an employer, peer or client. Deadline for all nominations is December 31 2001.

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