About the Program

The purpose of ynpnGO’s Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award is to recognize ynpnGO members who has a strong sense of vision, has passion and commitment, and inspires passion and commitment in others. The honorees must work for a nonprofit organization and be a member of ynpnGO. Nominees will receive a separate application that must be completed in order to be officially considered.

Meet the 2020 Honorees

2020 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Honoree: Brittany Parker

Brittany Parker is an Omaha native, known as an Elite Boxer ranked #2 on Team USA. She is a five times National Champ. In winter 2019, she competed in the Olympic Trials and placed 2nd.

Brittany Parker transferred her skills from the corporate world to non-profit to serve others in 2018. Brittany started as a Shift Advocate but soon worked her way to an Self Sufficiency Case Manager at the Women's Center for Advancement. She quickly became a leader in her department. As a case manager she provide assistance and support to clients working towards self-sufficiency, facilitating and monitoring their progress using tools provided; to support clients in identifying and developing employment and financial goals; to participate in outreach activities with individuals and groups; to assist potential participants overcome barriers as they move towards self-sufficiency program participation; and to do related work as required. Recently, she was promoted to the Housing Project Manager.

Brittany is also the CEO and co-founder of Brittany's Balance. Brittany's Balance is creating wellness programming designed specifically for black women.

Brittany is currently completing her AA in Business Management at Metro Community College.

Meet the 2019 Honoree & Finalists

2019 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Honoree: Katie Cunningham

Katie Cunningham is a nonprofit professional driven to ensure educational equity and access to higher education in Omaha.  Since 2013, Katie has worked for College Possible, a college access and success organization that supports talented, capable students from low-income backgrounds to and through college graduation.  As Program Director, Katie leads both the high school and college programs serving nearly 750 high school and 1,500 college students this year.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.A.) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (M.Ed.), Katie taught 3rd in 4th grade in St. Louis Public Schools with Teach For America and credits her time with AmeriCorps as a life changing experience.

Katie is an active member of the Junior League of Omaha, a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce YP Council, a 2019 New Leader’s Council fellow, and enjoys distance running. Katie and her husband Chris welcomed their first child, Julian, this May.

Meet the 2018 Honoree

2018 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Award Honoree: Rebecca Armstrong Langle 

Born and raised in Omaha, Rebecca Armstrong Langle has committed herself to improving the community where she lives, works and plays. Right out of college, Rebecca served as a staff assistant to Sen. Nelson for two years where she worked on issues that affect all people, from large nonprofit organizations to individuals navigating the federal government. This experience gave her passion to help others.After getting her undergraduate degree in political science, Rebecca went on to get her master's degree in public administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Upon Sen. Nelson’s retirement in 2012, Rebecca began working for local nonprofits. She has focused on fundraising and marketing in her nonprofit roles. Currently, Rebecca is the Vice President of Development at Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.


Outside of work, Rebecca is active with the League of Women Voters and sits on the alumni advisory board for UNO’s MPA program. Rebecca is a proud alumni of the New Leaders Council, and also served on their board as communications chair.


Rebecca is passionate about education and equality issues. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, and dog, Delilah.

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