United Way Emerging Leaders is the next generation of professionals who want to make a difference in our community. Through deeper involvement, members gain insight and take action to improve the quality of life today and build the foundation for the work of tomorrow.
Our members enjoy exclusive opportunities to network with key players and business leaders, volunteer for projects, and improve the community we serve. More than 350 members enrich their lives and the lives of others through Connect, Serve and Lead opportunities.
Our Vision: Emerging Leaders sparks and sustains young professionals to improve the community and themselves.
Emerging Leaders offers many opportunities to network with other members, community leaders and key business leaders. As a member you will receive invitations to Off the Record lunches, Back Stage Pass events and our signature Connect event – the annual Pop Up Dinner.
Through volunteer projects, members learn about local needs and do the hands-on work to make an impact. Teams of members do the research, plan the project and roll up their sleeves to get it done. Past projects include serving community meals, installing Born Learning Trails, reading/literacy activities in local kindergarten classrooms, and our signature projects – sMACk hunger AND say CHEESE and Career Closet.
There are many ways to increase your leadership skills as a member of Emerging Leaders. You can join a committee, chair a service project, or attend professional development events throughout the year. Our signature leadership development event is Ignite the Leader Within, held annually in the fall of the year.