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Millennials Make Their Mark

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The Millennial Awards and Post Party recognizes the accomplishments of young adults in New Orleans.

moversshakersjuly2014The World War II generation is known as the Greatest Generation. It’s a fitting name, considering that this generation fought to protect liberty and freedom, and rebuilt a nation. I often associate modern-day Millennials — those age 40 and younger — in the greater New Orleans region with these heroes of the past.

Over the past nine years, Millennials have sought to take an active leadership role in the rebuilding and reshaping of New Orleans. They have migrated to New Orleans in large numbers for the purpose of teaching our kids, working and/or volunteering with nonprofit organizations and having an impact on this community.

In addition to the sweat equity this group has contributed, equally as important is how they have helped rebrand New Orleans. The Crescent City has garnered impressive accolades, such as “America’s Biggest Brain Magnet” (Forbes), “Coolest City” (Inc. Magazine), “No. 1 City to Start a Small Business” (Under30CEO awards) and a host of others.

On July 26 at the Civic Theater, the city will pause to recognize the strides and accomplishments of the most dynamic Millennials in the region during the second annual Millennial Awards and Post Party (hosted by The Social Renaissance). Nominations are open until July 18 at millennialawards.com, so if you know of any amazing Millennial making significant strides in their professional industry or in the community, please nominate them. All nominations are submitted online by the public and judged by a panel of other Millennials.

The event kicks off with food tastings from 10 of New Orleans’ top restaurants competing for the title of “No. 1 Destination for Millennials,” with craft cocktails provided by Smirnoff Vodka. The awards ceremony will honor Millennials in more than 20 different categories, including Business, Law, Finance, Healthcare, Culinary and our favorite — the Community Change-Maker Award.

Proceeds from the Millennial Awards will benefit local charities. Tickets to this fun-filled celebration of a generation are still available. For tickets, visit millennialawards.com.