Conexus Indiana Rising 30INDIANAPOLIS – Conexus Indiana has opened nominations for its next cohort of Rising 30 honorees. The program, now entering its fourth year, honors 30 advanced manufacturing and logistics (AML) professionals under the age of 30 who are distinguishing themselves as industry leaders of the future.

As part of its mission to make Indiana a global leader in advanced manufacturing and logistics, Conexus Indiana launched Rising 30 in 2020 to celebrate Indiana’s next generation of change-makers who are instrumental in the industries’ continued evolution. The program is also designed to create pathways for Hoosiers to succeed in Indiana’s largest industry sectors, which employs approximately 700,000 individuals and accounts for one-third of the state’s gross domestic product.

“Right now, an entire generation of advanced manufacturing and logistics professionals is working as early-career engineers at mid-sized OEMs, entrepreneurs at start-ups, schedulers at logistics companies, educators in the classroom, research assistants at our top universities and more,” said Fred Cartwright, president and CEO of Conexus Indiana “With proper recognition and encouragement, through programs like Rising 30, these young professionals will undoubtedly become Indiana’s next-gen leaders and ambassadors.”

Nominees must be 30 years or younger by the end of the 2023 calendar year, have a demonstrated impact on the AML ecosystem and be employed or have at least one work-and-learn experience/internship/co-op in the AML industries. Individuals who have direct employment with an AML company are eligible for the award as well as those who have a positive impact on the industry from allied professions such as education, marketing, engineering, talent development, public sector or other roles.

The Conexus Rising 30 Class of 2024 will be announced on May 9, 2024, during a celebration in Indianapolis. Mentors, colleagues and peers of young leaders in Indiana’s AML industries are encouraged to submit a nomination now through January 12, 2024.

To see past honorees and learn more about eligibility, visit To nominate someone today, visit


About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to innovate, invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, go to