Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Ten Outstanding Young Leaders

Each year, we honor ten of the region’s current and emerging young leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the civic and business environment and the quality of life in Greater Boston. See our 2017 winners below.

Many national media publications release yearly lists that group young people together based on their achievements under a specific age threshold. Whether it’s 25 under 25 or 40 under 40, there’s a lot to admire about these lists, and Boston has plenty of representation on all of them.

We’ve long found City Awake & Chamber of Commerce’s role in this conversation a little different. Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) is about Boston’s present, and more importantly, Boston’s future. Past recipients often become transformational leaders in our region’s economy and beyond. Nine years before his mayoral run, Marty Walsh was one of the ten. Shortly after he rebranded from CSN Stores to Wayfair, Niraj Shah also was named a TOYL winner. While still pursuing a masters in public administration, the 1999 class of TOYL winners included Melissa MacDonnell, current President of Liberty Mutual Foundation. A few of last year’s winners include a doctor on the front lines of teen addiction, a rocket scientist, a founder whose pharmaceutical start-up was recently acquired by Amazon, and so much more.

Nominations are now closed. Check back in mid-September for an announcement of this year's honorees! 

You can check out the full list of past award recipients here.

Sarah Bagley, MD

Medical Director, CATALYST Clinic, Boston Medical Center

Natalya Bailey

Co-Founder & CEO, Accion Systems

Scott Bailey

Executive Director, North America, MassChallenge

Skye Canuto

Police Officer, Boston Police Department

Stephen Hall

Senior Associate, Holland & Knight LLP