The second class of our program bringing together the region's innovative thinkers and doers will be chosen by the 2020 class.

Welcome to Columbus CEO’s Future 50.

You can nominate someone for the 2021 class here. Nominations due Aug. 14 (deadline extended from July 31).

Here's who is in the 2020 class.

Who are the Future 50?

These are the people who aspire to make Columbus the great American city of the coming decades. These are professionals, public servants and entrepreneurs whose voices are rising. They are leaders already making a difference with bold ideas, creativity, altruism and achievements that will define our region as it evolves.

How do we choose?

Future 50 applicants will be identified by the class of 2020 based on their achievements, generosity of spirit (and deed) and ideas for creating lasting social impact.

Future 50 Annual Project

Each year the Future 50 will work together to complete a project of their choosing—though Covid-19 definitely has been a challenge for the class of 2020. Projects should be specific and achievable within one year. The idea is that the project creates meaningful, quantifiable change in Central Ohio. The project embodies the Future 50 core values—achievement, altruism, boldness, creativity and inclusivity.

Commemorative issue

Each January, Columbus CEO will produce a special 13th issue honoring the year’s Future 50. There also may be regular Future 50 stories in the monthly magazine and at

Opportunities to connect

Columbus CEO will bring the Future 50 together through the Annual Project, digital channels, and more—once we can gather again! For the class of 2020, we held a pitch night in January.