WAXAHACHIE — In a business culture that typically rewards those for longevity or requires a decade-plus of experience for upper management jobs, the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror are launching a new campaign to find the best and brightest young leaders in Ellis County.

Dubbed the "40-under-40," the program hopes to highlight 40 young professionals who demonstrate excellence in the workplace, classroom, community or organization. From government officials to a nine-to-five mother who leads the local PTO and advocates for change, the end result will be an in-depth look at the next movers and shakers of the community.

The nomination period begins Monday, June 19 and runs through Thursday, July 6. The selected 40 winners, as chosen by a panel of three non-affiliated judges, will be honored at an awards luncheon and featured in a special printed edition of the Daily Light and Mirror, as well as online.

Nomination forms can be found at waxahachietx.com/contests. Individuals must be 40 years or younger on July 6 to be considered.

In addition to the 40-under-40, there will be six superlative awards — young professional of the year, young local government professional of the year, young private sector professional award, young nonprofit professional award, young small business professional award, and the young civic leader award.