Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

The Emerging Leaders program connects a diverse group of individuals in their 20s, 30s and 40s to make an impact on the community.

Member Criteria

  • Yearly contribution at $1200 or above
  • Voluntarily opt-in to the program

Member Benefits

  • Invitations to exclusive semi-annual Leadership Panel events. Past guests include CEOs of Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, Marcus Corporation, Manpower, Northwestern Mutual, Palermo Villa Inc., Metavante, the mayor, police chief and county executive.
  • Invitation to the annual Emerging Leader Evening event at which the Philanthropic Five awards are presented to five young community leaders.
  • Invitations to additional educational and volunteer opportunities.
  • Recognition in the United Way Leadership Registry (optional) with an Emerging Leader mark.


  • Emerging Leaders have supported eight United Way agency program partners with 1,368 hours of volunteer work through the annual Day of Action​ event, established in June 2009.
  • Since the Emerging Readers program began in 2012, 571 young students at agency program partners have received over 4,283 books from Emerging Leaders volunteers.
  • 1,200+ Emerging Leaders have contributed over $15 million to United Way’s annual campaign since its inception in 2006. In 2013 alone, Emerging Leaders members contributed $2.1 million.
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 Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

Ann Granitz
BMO Harris

Eileen Hankes
Milwaukee County

Meg Kurlinski
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

 Emerging Leader Council Members

Ikenna Achi
Rockwell Automation

Brian Bulgrin

Meg Dean
Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Jason Eggert
Associated Bank

Stacey Force
ManpowerGroup/Right Management

Chris Hamilton
US Bank

Maricha Harris

Dante Houston
Titus Talent Strategies

Daryl Hudson

Kadie Jelenchick
Foley & Lardner LLP

Dana Johnson
Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Kristina Sung Kepner
Johnson Controls

Chris McFadin
Northwestern Mutual

Pat McQuillan
Central Standard Craft Distillery

Martie Munnelly
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Leslie Plamann

Angela Quigley
Married in Milwaukee

Mark Riebesehl
Northwestern Mutual

Erika Smith
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Denise Thomas
The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Alan Williams
We Energies

Joe Wilson
Quarles & Brady LLP

Chad Winters
Lockton Companies

Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining the Emerging Leader program, please contact Tabitha Sparks via email or at 414.263.8214.