Celebration of Leadership

What is COL?

Celebration of Leadership (COL) is a remarkably diverse and inclusive annual event whereby Leadership Everyone publicly seeks out and honors individuals, projects, programs, business, and organizations who make significant, collaborative contributions that improve and transform community in the Evansville region.

Who are the Nominees?

Our nominees represent all walks of life across our Region. Check out the full list of this year’s and past nominees here!

How Do I Nominate?

Nominate anytime throughout the year for the event the following March. Head to our Nominations page for FAQs!

Nominations for COL2025 are due December 14, 2024. Any nominations received after this date will be used the following year.

Who are the Recipients? How are they Selected?

A diverse panel of 10-20 volunteer community members from the Evansville region scores each nomination based on how it meets the criteria outlined by the nomination questions.

Recipients are not notified ahead of time—they are announced at the event!

See a list of previous recipients here. 

How Do We Celebrate?

Every March, the community comes together to celebrate both nominees and recipients! 2025 date TBA!

Check out the photos from our 2024 Nominee Party!

On February 18 we got nominees together at EVPL Central to mingle and discuss their amazing work ahead of the big event!

We are so grateful to COL Title Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank, and all the organizations and individuals who make COL possible! We could not do it without you.

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