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Hear From Our Previous Rising Star Award Recipients

Leah McKelvey - 2012 Rising Star Award Recipient

What does being a Rising Star mean to you?

I was honored to receive this award from BMA Chicago.  To me, this was recognition for the work that I’ve done thus far in my career and motivation to work harder, learn more and network to help achieve my goals.  This was also a good reminder to get more involved with organizations like BMA Chicago that provide a great support network for B2B marketers.

How has winning the Rising Star award benefited you personally and professionally?

It was rewarding to see how excited and proud my family, friends and coworkers were for me to receive this recognition. It’s also a privilege to get face time in front of influential B2B marketers in Chicago – even if that meant an over-sized image of my head in an email! Ultimately, I have amazing people surrounding me both personally and professionally and this was a great opportunity to thank them for their ongoing support and make new connections within the marketing community.

Do you have any advice for other young rising stars?

If you continue to exceed expectations and ask for projects beyond your scope, opportunities and recognition will come.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.


Michelle Fox - 2011 Rising Star Award Recipient

What does being a Rising Star mean to you?

Being recognized as the Rising Star award showcased that my passion for B2B marketing was truly recognized - not only by the management team at Slack and Company, but the B2B community at large, which reignited and amplified my motivation and excitement for my job.  

How has winning the Rising Star award benefited you personally and professionally?

Winning the BMA Chicago Rising Star award brought new opportunities within the BMA Chicago community to network and learn more from peers and mentor. In addition, it inspired me to give back and participate on the BMA Chicago Young Professionals committee.

Do you have any advice for other young rising stars?

Success is derived from courage, drive, passion and enough self-confidence to keep trying. Share new ideas, think outside the box and stay positive.  


Dustin LeFebvre - 2010 Rising Star Award Recipient

What does being a Rising Star mean to you?

The Rising Star to me, is a testament to the education and networking offered by the BMA. When I transitioned into a marketing role, a service provider recommended that I join the BMA. Through breakfasts and lunches, I was able to learn and apply much of what I learned via these events and was ultimately fortunate enough to be recognized as a Rising Star.  It’s a complete validation of the Association.

How has winning the Rising Star award benefited you personally and professionally?

The Rising Star is an affirmation of the quiet, often times unrecognized work we do every day. It helped me gain admittance into the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, which has only continued to open doors and reveal opportunities for continued career progression.

Do you have any advice for other young rising stars?

I think we’re fortunate to have such a flourishing community of young and talented members of the BMA, a testament to the work of Jason Ferrera and Michelle Fox. They’ve done a great job of expanding what the BMA offers and tailoring it to the specific needs of young members. I think rising stars should take advantage of this community, and always remember not to fear failure.