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.  Society 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.

What can the Emerging Leaders Society offer?
Member Volunteer Projects
This unique and dynamic group offers members a variety of ways to become involved in improving lives. The Emerging Leaders Society works closely with UWMC to identify volunteer projects and fundraising opportunities aligned with United Way’s goals.

Professional Development and Networking
Our members understand the importance of investing in their community to promote sustainability and improve lives. The Emerging Leaders Society fosters that understanding by providing educational opportunities designed to inform members about health and human service issues. Through the Emerging Leaders Society, members will interact with other important local leaders and be a part of addressing the issues that matter the most to our community. Members will also benefit from the opportunity to participate in a variety of social- and business-related events, valuable networking opportunities, and regular updates on the impact of United Way's work.

Advocacy Training
Through the Emerging Leaders Society, and in partnership with UWMC Board of Directors, members advocate for the advancement of policy to help families become self-sufficient. Opportunities to participate locally and in an annual advocacy trip to Sacramento.
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

Recent Events

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. For more information please contact Tre' Watkins Tre.Watkins@unitedwaymcca.org, 831-372-8026x115.