It All Adds Up

The numbers say it all: Forty Under 40 for 20.

That’s the annual recognition of Forty young adults (under 40 years old) whose careers already have made a significant difference in Worcester’s business and cultural life. The 20 refers to the number of years the Worcester Business Journal has presented its Forty under 40 program, culminating each year in an awards ceremony.

Nichols has long been a presenting sponsor of this event, which took place this year on the evening of September 18. That connection allowed me to speak briefly to this year’s “class.” For starters, I was struck by its makeup. In the eight or so years I’ve had the pleasure of participating, I don’t recall such a diverse, unique and interesting cohort.

The members hail from Worcester to Alabama and California—as well as Puerto Rico, Turkey, Albania, Kuwait, China and Nigeria—and they have made a home in Worcester and its surrounding areas. They graduated from 34 colleges, from ones in central Mass to the Ivy League, with degrees including MBA’s and doctorates as well as a PhD from the streets.

I’m impressed and grateful that the local community has had the benefit of their efforts and viewpoints.

“You are one amazing, brave, resilient, interesting, and involved group,” I told them. “From rapping in your off hours to working for inclusion in the fashion and entertainment industries to ensuring your company’s decisions consider social and environmental effects, you have demonstrated your uniqueness.”

What’s more, the authors of these early success stories dedicate their spare time to nonprofits and charities ranging from Cradles to Crayons to Community Harvest to Big Sister.

For the past 20 years, the Worcester Business Journal has deepened its ties to a wonderful city and discovered 800 special contributors who have made a difference in the community and surrounding areas.