Community Leader of the Year

Call for Nominations

Cleveland Magazine created Community Leader because we recognize that the importance of leadership extends beyond the boardroom. The growth and success of our community depends as much on the leaders running our communities, non-profit organizations and government entities as it does our corporate citizens.

We are inspired by the volume and diversity of great work being done in our community — and we are proud to tell those stories in our magazine. Now we will be honoring those individuals with our Community Leader of the Year Awards. Winners will be featured in the November issue of Community Leader.



1. Define the nominee as a leader. How has the nominee excelled in the category in which he or she is being nominated? We want to know how and why they lead. What skills does he or she bring to the role and how are others inspired to follow? Please provide as much detail as possible.


2. What is the nominee’s biggest achievement in 2018? Why is this important and what, if anything, happened as a result? Please provide measurable feedback if possible.


3. How has this nominee impacted the community and the organization in which he or she is involved? Please provide as many specifics as possible.


4. What does this nominee bring that is unique and innovative? Please provide examples of how this nominee might have created change or efficiency.


  • Arts, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Education
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Health Care
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Service/Government
  • Technology
  • Young Professional Advancement


Information to submit

  1. Category:
  2. Nominee:
    • Company/Organization
    • Address
    • City/State/Zip
  3. Nominee contact info:
    • Name
    • Phone
    • Email
  4. Nominations submitted by (if different from contact):
    • Name
    • Company/Organization
    • Address
    • City/State/Zip
    • Phone
    • Email

Please email submissions to Jennifer Bowen Sima at