MEDA to recognize world-changing young professionals

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August 12, 2015

MEDA to recognize world-changing young professionals

LANCASTER, Pa. - MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is thrilled to announce we are now accepting nominations for the second annual 20 Under 35 Young Professionals Changing the World awards. The awards seek to recognize 20 young professionals under the age of 35 who exhibit a commitment to faith, service and an entrepreneurial spirit. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 1, 2015 and are available at

MEDA started the 20 Under 35 initiative in 2014 as a way to recognize an often-unnoticed group of amazing young individuals enriching their communities, their businesses and their networks for good.

“At MEDA, we have the unique opportunity to witness young people changing their world as we engage with our dedicated network of supporters. We want to make sure these people are honored for their important efforts,” says Dave Warren, chief engagement officer at MEDA.

Ethan Eshbach, coordinator of the 20 Under 35 awards, agrees. “It’s a humbling experience to look at the nominations we receive. These young professionals aren’t doing their work for personal gain. They’re deeply invested in the lives of others and are passionate about making the world a better place.”

This year, MEDA is pleased to welcome Everence Financial as the official sponsor for the awards. “As an organization that embraces MEDA values, we are delighted to partner with them in this initiative,” says Warren.

The awards are changing the lives of past recipients. Chris Steingart, owner of QT Webdesign in Kitchener, ON, and a 2014 20 Under 35 award honoree, said recently that this recognition positively impacted his business. “Clients saw the coverage [that came with winning a 20 Under 35 award] and it reminded them to get in touch [with my business].”

Award recipients will be celebrated at the 2015 MEDA Convention in Richmond, Virginia. To nominate an exceptional young professional today, visit


For more information, please contact:
Linda Whitmore -
Ethan Eshbach -
519-725-1633 or 1-800-665-7026

About Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world. Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.

About Everence
Everence helps individuals, organizations and congregations integrate faith with finances through a national team of advisors and representatives. Everence offers banking, insurance and financial services with community benefits and stewardship education. Everence is a ministry of Mennonite Church USA and other churches. To learn more, visit or call (800) 348-7468.