Kelly Backscheider receiving Rising Leader award, pictured with John Goering and Larry Grypp.

2020 Rising Leader Honoree Anton Gaffney, Sweets & Meats BBQ

Goering Center Rising Leader Award

Nominate your Rising Leader

Cultivating bench strength is critical to long-term success. By investing in a rising generation of leaders, we lay a foundation for succession, and by acknowledging the accomplishments of these rising leaders, we create highly engaged and motivated teams. These new leaders shape the future of our companies and collectively grow our regional economy.

To demonstrate its commitment to this region’s future generation of leaders, the Goering Center honors one Rising Leader at its annual Family and Private Business Awards. Nominations are due by the last business day of every month. A finalist will be selected the following month and thereafter through the close of the nomination period.

Nomination process and awards criteria
The fifth annual Rising Leader nomination process is from November 2020 until July 2021. Over these months, an independent panel of judges will select nine finalists from a pool of nominees, one each month. Finalists are chosen for their demonstrated success advancing one of the 10 Best Practices of Family and Private Business.

A nominee must be on a leadership or succession track of a family or private business. The Goering Center will showcase finalists in our publications and live events. By publicly acknowledging their accomplishments we will help establish them – and the companies they work for – as Rising Leaders in Greater Cincinnati’s business community.

For any questions regarding the Rising Leader Award please contact Maria Mentzel

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Maria Mentzel

Program & Member Experience Manager