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Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award

Celebrating Greater Rochester's best and brightest young leaders.

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award honors young professionals who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and forge paths of leadership for others to follow. Save the date for our 2024 Ceremony on Thursday, June 6, 2024!

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2024 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award

Save the date for the 2024 Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award ceremony on Thursday, June 6th! Sponsorships are available for organizations looking to support the development and recognition of young professionals in Greater Rochester.

Thank you to our 2024 Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors



If you're interested in sponsoring our 2024 IGNITE Award, please see opportunities here.

Selection Criteria

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award applicant between the age of 21 – 35 years must meet each of the following three criteria to apply for this award:

Professional Leadership

Demonstrates excellence and leadership in their business or profession

Community Service

Gives back to the larger community by their contribution and/or support

Personal & Professional Recognition

Awards/Honors received for their work and contribution to the greater Rochester business community

Selection Process

The Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award Selection Committee pre-screens nominations to ensure all required information is included. A group of finalists is determined based on the award criteria and supporting documentation provided in the application package. Final selection of the Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award winner is made by a Selection Committee consisting of a diverse group of leaders from the Greater Rochester business community.

For more information, please contact Cassidy Franklin or read over our frequently asked questions.

Please note that there is no official merchandise for the Greater Rochester Chamber IGNITE Award. Any third-party solicitations claiming to offer such merchandise are unauthorized and not endorsed by us. Please contact for more information.

Learn more about previous recipients:

Adrian Hale

5th Annual IGNITE Recipient

4th Annual IGNITE Award Recipient
Kimberly Harding, 
Partner, Nixon Peabody

3rd Annual IGNITE Award Recipient
Sheila Dunne
, Co-founder & COO, Dunne Goodwin

2nd Annual IGNITE Award Recipient
Nicole VanGorder,
Chief Operating Officer, Rivent Partners

Inaugural IGNITE Award Recipient
Taren Greenidge,
Partner, Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

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