Emerging Leaders Society

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What is the Emerging Leaders Society?
We are the upcoming generation of transformational leaders seeking to give our dollars, advocate on others behalf, and volunteer our time to make sustainable change within Monterey County. We accomplish this by supporting UWMC's mission,  vision, and initiatives. Benefits of being a member are opportunities to network with business and community leaders; help improve the quality of life of Monterey County residents through advocacy and volunteering and having fun meeting new people. Stay informed on events, updates, and advocacy efforts by liking us on Facebook.

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 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. You may also qualify for membership by volunteering 10+ hours in a given year for United Way Monterey County. For more information on voluneer opportunites, sign up for our email list. 

Join the Emerging Leaders Society Board?
Communications Chair - Organize and execute communication strategy.

Volunteer Chair - Organize and execute volunteer engagement strategy. 


Upcoming Events

Lunch With a Leader - January 18 with Ed Durkee

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative lunch. You'll meet CEO & President of Goodwill Central Coast, Ed Durkee and other young professionals. How do we bring multiple partners together to address complex social problems and foster professional development? Ed will discuss the role Goodwill Prosperity Planners play in the Active Referral Network to improve the financial stability of community members. Space is limited, please register for the event here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - January 21

Volunteers will join together to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a book drive for preschool children. United Way Monterey County and the Emerging Leaders Society are hosting a classroom library makeover for a preschool in Seaside, Ca. Books for the new library will be donated by community volunteers at the MLK Jr. Day celebration or at the sponsor’s location. To sign up, please click here.


Past Events

2nd Annual Raise the Bar - October 24 Alvarado Street Brewery Monterey

Join the Emerging Leaders Society at Alvarado Street Brewery for a night of mingling, dining and learn how we GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER for lasting change in Monterey County. 10% of the evening food sales will be donated to support the work of ELS and United Way Monterey County. This free event is open to all.

Lunch With a Leader - October 19 with Matt Huerta

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative lunch. You'll meet Housing Program Manager of Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, Matt Huerta and other young professionals. How do we bring multiple partners together to address complex social problems?Matt Huerta will speak about the housing crisis and innovative solutions for students.

Lunch With a Leader - July 27 with Krista Hanni, MS, PhD

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative lunch. You'll meet Monterey County Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Manager, Krista Hanni and other young professionals. How do we bring multiple partners together to address complex social problems? Dr. Krista Hanni will speak about collaborative approaches to making impact, including assessing the issue with community input, setting goals and defining measurements using data. She has extensive experience leading initiatives focused on women and girls and can speak about some local successes, including mentorship programs and the declining teen birth rate.