Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalists Selected

(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announces its finalists for the 16th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event presented by KPMG LLP.   The event honors 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries. 

An awards program and reception to recognize these outstanding young professionals will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre downtown Indianapolis.  All 100 finalists will receive an award and the winners in each category will be announced.  Approximately 500 people are expected to attend.

“KPMG is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for this noteworthy event for the 16th consecutive year. We understand the importance of honoring these young professionals, who also serve as outstanding role models and mentors for the youth of our community,” said Mark Shaffer, Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP.

The Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community.  Finalists in each category are judged on professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character, and leadership qualities. The finalists to be honored at the event are listed in the attachment, as well as on the Junior Achievement website:

The categories honored are:  Accounting; Banking & Financial Services; Education & Nonprofit; Government; Health & Life Sciences; Law; Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate, Development & Construction; and Technology. 

Sponsorship opportunites and seating packages are currently available; please contact Kacy Wendling at or 252-5900 ext. 8.  Proceeds from Indy’s Best and Brightest benefit Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in preschool through high school.