Emerging Leaders Society

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 years and older 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.

What are the benefits of membership?

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. You can choose to make a one-time gift of $100 or enroll in reoccuring payment of $8.33 until you decide to opt-out. To make any changes on reoccuring payments, please contact us. Thank you. 

For more information on membership or volunteer opportunities, sign up for our email list.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Volunteer Event: Preschool Reading Day – December 06

Do you want to give back this holiday season? Join the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) in a day of reading and alphabet cookie decorating with preschool students at Seaside Child Development Center. 

ELS Meet Up: Candy Cane Lane Walk – December 10

Join the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) on a walk down candy cane lane to look at holiday lights, get to know other young professionals, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate!

Past Events

Halloween Mixer: A Nightmare on Alvarado St – October 30

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to its annual Halloween gathering at Bull & Bear. This event will have a costume contest, prizes, networking, and more spooky surprises. 

Lunch With a Leader: Dan Baldwin - October 04

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative lunch with Dan Baldwin, President/CEO of Community Foundation for Monterey County.

ELS Meet Up Hike: Garland Ranch - September 15

Join the Emerging Leaders Society in their first ever Meet-up Hike! Meet our membership, learn about ELS, and have some fun! Reminder: Please bring sunscreen and plenty of water.

Lunch With a Leader: Entravision Communications - July 19

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative lunch. Senior Entravision professionals will share media's role and responsibility in supporting nonprofit agencies.

Lunch With a Leader: Yuri Anderson - May 17

How do we bring multiple partners together to address complex social problems and foster professional development? Yuri will be discussing early care and education in the community.

The Road House Networking Event - February 26

Join the Emerging Leaders Society at The Road House Wine Bar for a night of mingling, dining and learn how we GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER for lasting change in Monterey County. 15% of proceeds for the evening were donated to support the work of ELS and United Way Monterey County. This free event is open to all.

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. View photos.

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. View photos.