The Pacific Coast Business Times announced the honorees of the 21st annual 40 Under 40 awards this week, naming Helena Leathers, Mission Wealth Senior Marketing Manager, to the 2021 list. The Business Times selected the region’s top up-and-coming professionals under the age of 40, in an array of industries including finance, professional and other business services, real estate, technology, nonprofits, health care and education.
The Times published its annual 40 Under 40 special report on August 27th and plans to hold a virtual reception on September 20th to honor the class of 2021.
“I am honored to be a part of this year’s Top 40 Under 40 this year. It is an absolute privilege to receive this award alongside past Mission Wealth awardees, as well as the other top performers. I'm grateful to be with a firm that truly celebrates the personal and professional success of their team members and clients." said Helena Leathers.
Helena started her first business in Hong Kong in 2011 and has a BSc (Hons) in International Business Management where she achieved the Undergraduate Major Project award (UGMP) for outstanding academic achievement. Since then, Helena specialized in digital marketing to leverage her cross-disciplinary experience within business, technology, digital marketing, and the implementation of entrepreneurial growth initiatives. Helena is currently working towards her MBA at Antioch University Santa Barbara, planning to graduate in April 2022.
The 40 Under 40 special report has proven to be a sustainable way to recognize up and coming leaders in the community. Many prior winners are rising up to the executive ranks at regional companies and nonprofits and this year the class is expected to follow in those footsteps. Each year the selection process becomes more and more competitive, with twice as many nominations as they select.
The nominees are selected in order to maintain the right balance between the tri-counties, while achieving as diverse a group as possible. The three requirements to be considered for this selection include: 1) Be under the age of 40 at the time of nomination close; 2) Be a resident of or a person whose business or volunteer efforts are based in the tri-counties; 3) You can only be honored once. In picking winners, they consider professional accomplishments, outside recognition and community involvement. They look for people who have gone above and beyond by taking leadership roles in their organizations or by starting their own companies.
The 2021 40 Under 40 special section is available here at the Business Times website.