Congratulations to our 2021 Fab5 Winners!
All members of the community are invited to honor and celebrate these young professionals at the FREE virtual 2021 Fab5 Young Professional Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
- Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year – Johanna Anderson, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, for her remarkable leadership during this challenging time.
- Business Leader of the Year – Patrick Blackman, Coltivare, for his inspiring leadership to the Coltivare staff, TC3 students, and Ithaca community.
- Rookie of the Year – Ben Sandberg, The History Center in Tompkins County, for his creativity and commitment as a new leader of The History Center during this challenging year.
- Entrepreneur of the Year – Olivia Ashline-Royale, Easy Living Hats, for her exceptional entrepreneurship and dedication to supporting the Ithaca community.
- Volunteer of the Year – Juliana Garcia, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, for her contributions towards developing the Tompkins County Mutual Aid response, with the help of her team.
- Essential Worker “Hero” Award – Emily Mallar, Cayuga Health Partners, for her exceptional efforts of providing rapid medical communications throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling the medical community to reduce the number of hospitalizations and Emergency Room visits.
- Above and Beyond Award – Melissa Madden, PressBay Food Hub, for her work in bringing fresh, local food to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more and register for the event, click here.
The Fab5 Young Professional Awards Presented by Tompkins Trust Company
The Fab5 Awards celebrate the achievement of Tompkins County young professionals, ages 21-40, who are growing and excelling in their respective fields and in the community.
This year, the Fab5 Committee is seeking young professionals who have been able to shine and excel despite the unprecedented challenges our community has faced. Additionally, a sixth Essential Worker “Hero” award has been added this year to recognize a young professional who was considered “essential” by government officials to maintain public health and safety and keep critical infrastructure operations working when parts of the economy were shut down because of COVID-19. Examples of essential workers may have been frontline workers in the healthcare, food service, education, government, or other service industries.
Judges will be encouraged to consider individuals in all categories who have been a 2020 superhero by showing strong leadership, resilience and creativity in a way that has benefited a social justice cause, helped the community during the pandemic, or has made an impact on society in a positive way this past year.
For the past five years, the Fab5 Young Professional Awards Ceremony has taken place at Coltivare, with each award winner receiving recognition in front of their co-workers and peers. However, due to COVID-19, the ceremony this year will be held virtually.
The Fab5 Awards are spearheaded by Tompkins Connect, a volunteer-based young professional group in Tompkins County. Having grown into the most robust and diverse young professionals networking group in Tompkins County, Tompkins Connect has directly impacted the young professional workforce in Tompkins County in many ways. The Fab5 awards are a way to recognize Tompkins County’s young professional population for all the incredible work they do.
What is the….
Entrepreneur of the Year
The Young Professional Entrepreneur of the Year is an individual who has managed a new business venture, taking on personal risk to do so, and is deserving of additional recognition due to their entrepreneurial spirit. This person shows great leadership skills, innovation and tenacity.
Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year
The Young Professional Not-for-Profit Leader of the Year is an individual who has shown a remarkable aptitude for leadership in a not-for-profit organization. This leader has shown great leadership skills, strategic thinking, and passion.
Business Leader of the Year
The Young Professional Business Leader of the Year is an individual who has excelled in demonstrating their leadership ability as a business professional in the Tompkins County area. This leader has shown great teamwork, communication, perseverance and vision.
Volunteer of the Year
The Young Professional Volunteer of the Year deserves additional recognition for their exceptional performance while volunteering in the Tompkins County Community. This volunteer has shown great motivation, commitment and passion.
Rookie of the Year
The Young Professional Rookie of the Year has recently taken on a new position or freshly entered the workforce altogether. During this time, this person has demonstrated noteworthy performance and deserves to be acknowledged. This professional has shown great enthusiasm, development and self-motivation.
Essential Worker “Hero” of the Year
This individual was considered “essential” by government officials to maintain public health and safety and keep critical infrastructure operations working when parts of the economy were shut down because of COVID-19. They deserve to be honored for the hard work that they did to help our community in the midst of this trying time. Examples of essential workers may have been frontline workers in the healthcare, food service, education, government, or other service industries.
Curious about the Ceremony?
Fab5 is going virtual! We will be holding a virtual event this year to honor the winners on Thursday, March 4thfrom 6-7:30. The awards ceremony will be a free live stream event.
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Contact: Katie Shaw, Tompkins Trust Company
607-274-2084 Ext. 19160