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Emerging Leaders United


Foster community engagement among your generation of leaders.

What is Emerging Leaders United?

The mission of Emerging Leaders United is to support the work of United Way and foster community engagement among the next generation of leaders by inspiring philanthropy, professional development and volunteerism in the Valley and Greater Utica area. Emerging Leaders United provides a variety of opportunities to meet other individuals with similar professional and community interests. Emerging Leaders United members are committed, compassionate and generous individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact throughout our community.

Am I an Emerging Leaders United Member?

Anyone who is identified as 21-40 years of age and donates $100 or more to United Way annually is an Emerging Leaders United member.

What can Emerging Leaders United offer me?

Emerging Leaders United members develop personally and professionally by participating in a number of events that focus on fundraising, volunteering and networking.

This unique and dynamic group offers members opportunities to personally contribute towards improving lives through volunteerism in support of United Way’s community impact strategies focused on education, financial stability and health.

Emerging Leaders United Membership Benefits Include:

  • 2 Free Exclusive Member Only Meet Ups
  • Discount entry to ELU events
  • Birthday email with FREE dessert coupon
  • ELU eNewsletters Highlighting our members
  • Access to the ELU Facebook Group for networking
  • Recognition as leadership ELU donor on our website!

As an Emerging Leaders United Member, you can join one of our Committees!

Emerging Leaders United Committees assist in planning, decision making, and coordinating all ELU events. Committee membership is a 1-year commitment, with onboarding in January & June of each year, and comes with additional benefits.

Develop Committee
Focuses on planning fundrasing events and professional development workshops for other Emerging Leaders United members.

Connect Committee
Focuses on planning community volunteer projects and member meetings from concept to conclusion for other Emerging Leaders United members.

Emerging Leaders United Committee Membership Benefits Include:

  • All General Membership Benefits Listed Above
  • Free Entry to All ELU Events
  • Saranac Pouring Volunteer Opportunity
  • Board of Directors and Community Leaders Meet-and-Greet Panel

    To apply for a committee, email completed application to

Download Emerging Leaders United Committee Membership Application

ELU Committee Members

Develop Committee
Hilarie Pirger, Chair
Paige Reina, Co-Chair
Megan Barton
Millie Condon
Bryan Felix
Julie Hall
Sarah Holiday
Courtney Kahler
Alisa Longo
Lindsey Mandia
Sarah Milograno
Ashley Paolozzi
Eric Rightmier

Connect Committee
Leanne Allen
Grace Fernandez
Melinda Green
Jared Henderson
Sarah Militano
Travis Rabbers
Erin Saunders
Meghan Way

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