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 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 - 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.


Recent Events

Lunch With a Leader - April 27 With Simon Salinas

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) invites you to be their guest at fun, informative lunch on April 27. You'll meet Monterey County Supervisor Simon Salinas and other young professionals. The Supervisor will discuss the hurdles student parents face in finding quality, affordable, flexible child care and offer suggestions as to how our community can help student parents overcome those challenges. For more on our Lunch with a Leader series click here.

Coffee Meet-Up, Saturday, February 3

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.

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.