Metro Wire Staff
The Portage County Business Council has announced its 2021 Young Professional of the Year Award will go to Leah Knights.
The award, sponsored by Ignite Young Professionals, will be presented at this year’s Creative Excellence Awards Breakfast on April 6.
Knights was chosen from a pool of nominees due to her work as a board member for the St. Michael’s Foundation, as an MBA Fellow with CREATE Portage County, and founding president of Uplift, a non-profit organization launching this year. Knights also owns and operates Leah Knights Creative, and performs volunteer work throughout the year.
Additional nominees included Danielle Belsky, Boys & Girls Club of Portage County; Catalina Cabello, Pacelli Catholic Schools; Sierra Dow, UWSP Dining/Conferences-Marketing; Samantha Kaczor, S.C. Swiderski; Megan Kuckkahn, Point Title; Hannah Meinholdt, Wildcard Corp; Melissa Meschke, UWSP SBDC; and Nichole Wiza, Sentry Insurance. Additional nominees will also be honored on April 6.
Criteria for the award are based on the accomplishments that each individual has made professionally as well as how they work to improve the Portage County area through participation in organizations, groups, and other activities.
A nominee must be involved with a Portage County Business Council member business or be a participant of a Portage County Business Council Foundation Program such as Ignite Young Professionals, Leadership Portage County, or LeadTransformed.
The Portage County Business Council’s Creative Excellence Awards Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, April 6 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point.
Registration for the event can be found at PortageCountyBiz.com/events.