Future 50 class of 2022 nominations closing Sept. 20

Nominate someone as a member of the 2022 class by Sept. 20.

Katy Smith
Columbus CEO
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Undoubtedly, my favorite program at Columbus CEO is Future 50. This annual endeavor brings together the region’s most innovative thinkers and doers to offer their leadership as we confront issues like the wealth gap, racism, education and how the arts can bring us closer together.  

And now, you can nominate someone as a member of the 2022 class.

Click here to submit a Future 50 nomination for the class of 2022 by 5 p.m Sept. 20.

Make your nomination by 5 p.m. Sept. 20. The new class will be chosen by the current class, with a little help from the editorial staff at Columbus CEO.

You can learn more about the amazing people in Future 50 by checking out the classes of 2021 and 2020.

Profiles:Meet the Future 50 2021

I have met some of the most fascinating people of my career through this program—medical researchers trying to solve cancer, social justice warriors, entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of technology and empathetic nonprofit leaders, to name just a few.

Founding class:Profiles of the Future 50 2020

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 the Future 50?

Future 50 applicants will be identified by the class of 2021 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 the Columbus region. The project embodies the Future 50 core values—achievement, altruism, boldness, creativity and inclusivity.

The 2021 class of Future 50 has been working since February on projects that help people in the community. The first project involved a group offering sessions on leadership to children who participated in the Greater Columbus Sports Commission’s camp week at Berliner Park in June. A second Future 50 group has a vision to bring fresh food to people who need it via the creation of unstaffed community refrigerators that can be accessed 24/7. And a third group is working on making the internet accessible to more residents of Columbus who need it.

Commemorative issue

The January 2022 issue of Columbus CEO will honor the year’s Future 50.  

Opportunities to connect

Columbus CEO will bring the Future 50 together through the Annual Project, digital channels, and more.