Apply for the HYPE Front Runner and Innovator Award

HYPE presents The Icons, an annual program honoring young professionals for their career and leadership success in the business and non-profit communities.

We’re looking for Front Runners and Innovators, in their careers to date, have made a mark, inspired the team and broken the mold. We want the go getters in your office to step forward (or be nominated by their supervisors or peers) and be recognized for their hard work, self-awareness and desire to continuously improve. This is not the pinnacle of their careers, but the start of the next beginning, a step toward whatever career-bold move is around the corner.

We will be highlighting individuals in both the business and non-profit community. Applicants will be able to choose the category they represent in the application process.

Our 2018 Icons will receive:

  • A sweet, handcrafted trophy award for display in their office
  • Special recognition on and
  • A resume builder
  • Unlimited bragging rights and local acclaim
Sarah Skrocki, ChamberRVA


The Icons are open to individuals age 35 and under who live or work in the Richmond Region: Ashland; Charles City; Chesterfield; Goochland; Hanover; Henrico; New Kent; Powhatan; Richmond City. An applicant’s 36th birthday must fall AFTER the application deadline of Monday, December 11th, 2017.
The following individuals are not eligible to apply:
  • The Icons Co-Chairs
  • Past Icons winners
  • ChamberRVA staff
  • HYPE Icons judges **
There is no entry/application fee.
**The selection committee will be made up of a panel of community and business leaders.

Winners will be announced at The Icons event on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018.
DEADLINE: All submissions are to be received by Monday, December 11th, 2017.
Nominee’s 36th birthday must be AFTER that day. Finalists will be notified the week of December 18th.


Finalists will be scored on the following categories for each award. You must select which category you would like to be placed in (business or non-profit), then choose which award best suits your application (The Front Runner or The Innovator)
  • Professional Achievement
  • Demonstrated Leadership
  • Decision Impact
  • Professional Achievement
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Company/Industry Impact


Please choose the best fit award, as only one application will be accepted per person. The Icons judging committee reserves the right to move an application to the better fit award. In the event that this happens, the applicant will be notified.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that his/her application is correct and complete. Applicants are judged based on the content of the application. The judges do not conduct additional research on applicants. Judges reserve the right to disqualify any applicant for lack of completion of the required information or for not meeting the requirements stated above.
  • Only individuals – not organizations – may apply for this award.
  • All applications must be received by Monday, December 11th, 2017.
  • All items submitted for purposes of The Icons become the sole property of ChamberRVA and are to be used for the purpose of selecting finalists and winners.


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Supporting Sponsor:

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