Membership Groups

Emerging Leaders Society (ELS)

Connect Leaders.
Cultivate Relationships.
Change Our Community.

ELS isn’t just another young professionals group. It’s a chance to associate with other civic-minded rising stars, making a tangible, enduring impact in our region. Our members represent a new generation of leaders committed to making a difference in our community by leveraging the power of United Way to connect, serve and grow — both personally and professionally. 

Your membership donation provides you with access to a range of ELS opportunities, such as:

  • Lunch with Leaders professional development series
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Volunteering
  • Exclusive networking and professional development events
  • Membership in a group of civic-minded peers committed to creating real change in our community

ELS Members #DoSomethingBIG:

ELS members are empowered to use their passions, ideas, expertise and resources to support education for youth in our community. ELS is committed to equipping the next generation to enter the workforce with the confidence and skills needed to be successful.

“I’ll never forget how much this experience has helped me grow as a leader, a person, a contributor and a community member.” – 2021 ELS Case Competition Team Member

How do I get involved?

  • Engage with ELS on social media @UWELSCT
  • Attending one of our events or volunteer opportunities is another great way to become involved. Upcoming events are included in our quarterly newsletter as well as on our website.
  • Become a member: Your gift of $50 or more to United Way qualifies professionals up to age 40 for membership.

You May Join By:

  • clicking ‘Join or Renew’ and selecting Emerging Leaders Society
  • Payroll deduction through your company’s annual giving campaign – please select Emerging Leaders Society on your company’s electronic or paper pledge form. Contact Deb Fafard at dfafard@unitedwayinc.orgwith any questions.
  • Mailing a check to: United Way, Attn: ELS, 30 Laurel Street, Hartford, CT 06106

ELS Membership Levels and Benefits:

ELS members access a variety of unique networking, volunteer, and professional development experiences, receive exclusive invitations to United Way events as well as volunteer leadership positions.

  • Gold: $500+
  • Silver: $250-$499
  • Bronze: $50-$249
  • Student: $25 (.edu email required)

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