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Editor’s Note | An annual celebration of bright, young talent

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One of the most uplifting things Wenatchee Valley Business World does each year is recognize and celebrate the young talent in our valley.

The 30 Under 35 awards celebrate some of the rising stars in our community. In looking over the lists of past honorees we see many, many familiar names of people who have gone on to assume leadership roles. They are the hope and promise for our future and getting a chance to meet all 30 each year is an opportunity to see that our future is in good hands.

In past years, we’ve had the celebration at The Wenatchee World’s printing plant. We had snacks and refreshments, recognized that year’s class, then rolled the presses so honorees could get a copy of the 30 Under 35 special section that was, indeed, fresh off the presses.

That was a lot of fun but the space limited the number of people who could attend.

This year the celebration was moved to Pybus Public Market, where a larger space enabled us to invite the public to attend, as well as the honorees and their families.

The 30 young people we recognize come from widely varying backgrounds, working in diverse fields.

Selecting them for the honor was made difficult by the large number of nominees we received this year. All those nominees had things about them that probably could have earned them a place on the list but difficult decisions had to be made.

In addition, we decided to not just have the 30 Under 35 Special section but also focus on leadership in the regular Business World.

Inside, you will find a lot of different perspectives on how to best lead. These come from proven, long-time leaders in our community.

What they have to share is interesting and very useful. A common theme is that good leaders empower their employees. They given them the tools, support and direction they need to succeed. The vision is clear and there is a feeling that success is a shared experience.

Sometimes those things are easier said than done because of the daily tasks that can consume our work lives. Being laser-focused on the work at hand can lead you astray from the overriding mission. But good leaders know that and avoid losing sight of the big picture. And their success, and the success of their business or organization, is evidence of their commitment to being good leaders.

Included inside is advice from Dave Bartholomew of Adages from Ascent, one of our regular columnists.

In his years as a business consultant he says the most common problem he sees is leaders who do not understand what leadership is.

He offers a step-by-step approach to understanding the role of a leader, then implementing a strategy to being the best you can be at it.