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Nominate an impressive Delawarean for the 2021 Impact Awards

The annual program, in tandem with the #MILLSUMMIT, honors 20 leaders ages 18 to 45.

Logan Herring, Sr., CEO of REACH Riverside, in his MillSummit 2020 fireside chat with WITN22's India Williams. (Screenshot)

Do you know a Gen Z or millennial leader — that’s someone age 18 to 45 — who has made a big impact on business, entrepreneurship, nonprofit, personal development, the arts or just Delaware in general? Spur Impact, the organization behind the annual Millennial Summit, is accepting nominations for its 2021 Impact Awards now through June 25. Twenty recipients will be announced as part of the lead up to the virtual #MILLSUMMIT 2021, happening Aug. 2 through 4.

People from all industries, including biz owners, community organizers, technologists and members of the hospitality industry, are welcome to nominate themselves or someone else; if you’re nominating someone else, you’ll need their contact information and age range. The nomination form requires a brief explanation of why the nominee deserves the honor.

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#MILLSUMMIT has also added a new keynote speaker: Toni Lipsey, owner of TL Yarn Crafts. Lipsey is a Columbus, Ohio-based entrepreneur who started out selling crocheted baby items and accessories in 2013. When she couldn’t find a pattern for an item she wanted to sell, she designed one herself, and has been designing and selling crochet patterns while building a brand around the craft that includes educating, networking and building a brand that includes an Instagram following of over 130,000.

Lipsey joins recording artist Jimmie Allen, Nonprofit AF’s Vu Le and author Jaclyn DiGregorio as keynote speakers at this year’s event. At least one more keynote speaker is expected to be announced.

Discounted #MILLSUMMIT 2021 tickets are available if you register by June 14.

Done with virtual? Last year’s virtual #MILLSUMMIT was more than Zoom panels and talking heads, with Zoom-style content mixed with content that has a more televised feel, showing that online events can be dynamic, more affordable for attendees, with a farther reach than in-person events. While this year’s Summit is likely the last year it will be all virtual (other than an afterparty event at Frawley Stadium), at least some of the programming will probably remain virtual in the future.

“[Post COVID-19] MillSummit will have an in-person component, but I can’t imagine that it won’t also have a virtual component because of the access,” Spur Impact founder Charles Vincent said last summer.

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