Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Members are individudals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s changing the lives of local youth by giving, advocating, and volunteering around United Way’s education initiatives.

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 topics have included: Innovation and Automation in the Workplace, Generational Inclussiveness, and The Milwaukee Food Scene.
  • Invitation to the annual Emerging Leader Evening event at which the Philanthropic Five awards are presented to five community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
  • 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.
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 Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

Dante Houston
Titus Talent Strategies

Leslie Plamann

Erika Smith
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

 Emerging Leader Council Members

Matt Bane

Brian Bulgrin

Stacey Force

Mac Gebara

John Goodell
Johson Controls

Ann Granitz
BMO Harris Bank

Maricha Harris
Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin

Josiah Helbig
Rockwell Automation

Rachel Idso

Kadie Jelenchick
Foley & Lardner LLP

Dana Johnson
Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Neil Kiekhofer
Front Room Photography

Brandon Krajewski
Quarles & Brady LLP

Matt Krutza
U.S. Bank

Meg Kurlinski
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Jennifer Leibl
Northwestern Mutual

Esankie Mirissage
Briggs & Stratton

Matt Moore

Martie Munnelly
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Emily Newman
We Energies

Devon Norwood

Angela Quigley
Married in Milwaukee

Zach St. Martin
We Energies

Chad Winters
Marsh & McLennan Agency

Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining the Emerging Leader program, please contact Casey Renn via email or at 414.263.8150.

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