Emerging Leaders Society

What is the Emerging Leaders Society?
United Way’s Emerging Leaders Society is a network of young professionals who give, advocate and volunteer to create BIG and LASTING CHANGE in Monterey County.

What makes an Emerging Leader?
The Emerging Leaders Society is open to anyone 21-35 years old who is dedicated to making a positive impact in our community. An Emerging Leader is an individual who is committed and compassionate about investing to provide access to resources and improve lives throughout Monterey County.  ELS members promote the value of volunteering and philanthropy, along with leading and participating in United Way events. Emerging Leaders Society members strive to gain a better understanding of the needs in our area and take action in addressing those needs through giving, advocating and/or volunteering. For more information click here!

How do I become a member of the Emerging Leaders Society?
A gift of $100 or more annually to United Way Monterey County qualifies you for membership.  You can make your gift directly or through your United Way Monterey County Workplace Campaign.

Upcoming Events

Lunch With a Leader - April

United Way Monterey County presents Lunch with a Leaders Series hosted by the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS). County supervidor Simon Salinas will address the hurdles student parents face regarding childcare and how we can overcome them.

Recent Events

Coffee Meet-Up, Saturday, February 3 at 9:30am

The ELS is hosting a casual coffee meet up at Water + Leaves on Wharf #1 in Monterey Saturday, February 3 at 9:30 AM. There is no formal agenda, just a space for members to get to know one another, network, and toss around ELS related topics and ideas.  For more information email Kathryn Avila, Membership Chair.

Lunch With a Leader - Friday, January 26

United Way Monterey County presents Lunch with a Leaders Series hosted by the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS). The 4-series event will bring together dynamic institutional and organizational partners for quarterly luncheons with the young professionals of ELS. For more information click here!

Wine & Paint Nite - December 8 

On Friday, December 9th the Emerging Leaders Society hosted a Wine & Paint Night at Progress Not Perfection Paint Studio in Pacific Grove.  Participants enjoyed a creative evening of sharing wine, learning how to paint a Cypress tree at sunset, and engaging in a bit of friendly competition.   For more info and pictures click here!


Raise the Bar - October 25 

Join ELS at Alvarado Street Brewery for a night of advocacy and fun.  10% of all food purchases will go towards our BIG idea of supporting student parents at our local colleges and university.