Professional and Career Development

Young Leaders to Follow

ITE wants to shine a spotlight on the best, up-and-coming young leaders across all of ITE.

Stay tuned for our debut of the class of 2024. The 2025 application period will open in November 2024.

This program will help ITE recognize and highlight younger ITE members who may otherwise not be visible at the highest levels of ITE.  The purpose of this program is to recognize those individuals starting to make an impact on ITE at the chapter, section, or district or international levels and in their profession and to introduce these young members to the greater ITE Community. 


Eligible Candidates

Eligible candidates for this program include any ITE member actively involved in ITE (at the chapter, section, district, or international level), and 35 years old or younger on January 1, 2024.

Individuals selected as the Rising Star in their District will automatically be included if they have not been previously recognized as an “ITE Young Leader to Follow.” Additional selections will provide an opportunity to recognize a broader pool of young volunteers and those who have been particularly active at the International level. 

We expect to recognize 20 young leaders annually.


Application/Nomination Process

In an effort to encourage the broadest pool of candidates we have several ways to take nominations, including, self-nomination, peer nomination, and employer nomination.  The application process will be open to everybody and equally allow all candidates to apply.  The application will focus on both professional accomplishment and involvement/experience with ITE.  You can apply here:

The ITE Younger Member of the Year Award will be chosen from the entire pool of ITE Young Leaders to Follow.

View the 2023 Young Leaders to Follow

View the 2022 Young Leaders to Follow

View the 2021 Young Leaders to Follow


Selection Committee

The selection committee will be chaired by the International Vice President.  Members of the Selection Committee will include the Council Leadership Team Chair, Chair of LeadershipITE, Chair of the Younger Member Committee, and the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.



  • Announcement of the Program – November 15
  • Application/Nomination Period Opens – November 15
  • Application/Nomination Deadline – March 15
  • Selection Committee Evaluation and Selection Complete – April 15
  • Announcement of the ITE Young Leaders to Follow – May and into June 


Recognition Platform

Multiple recognition platforms may be used, each consisting of a picture and short bio of each of the 20 recipients.

  1. June ITE Journal
  2. A certificate sent to each recipient
  3. Communication with the recipient’s employer and their home Section.
  4. A web page recognizing our young leaders.
  5. Recognition at the Annual Meeting. 

Those selected for the ITE Young Leaders to Follow will receive discounted registration to the ITE Annual Meeting and will be invited to the Leadership Receptions held during the Annual Meeting.  We will encourage their home District to provide discounted registration to the District Annual Meeting, as well. 

Questions? Please contact Colleen Agan at