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 reoccurring payment of $8.33 until you decide to opt-out. To make any changes on reoccurring payments, please contact us. Thank you.

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

Upcoming Events

Talking with Tapas: Jasmine Nguyen – March 25

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest for a fun, informative evening with Jasmine Nguyen, owner of Poke Bar in Marina. Learn about being the owner of a small business, get to know other young professionals, and enjoy delicious poke!

Past Events

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!

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.

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.