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

Ann Granitz
BMO Harris

Eileen Hankes
Milwaukee County

Meg Kurlinski
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

 Emerging Leader Council Members

Brian Bulgrin

Meg Dean

Jason Eggert
Wells Fargo

Stacey Force

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
Community Volunteer

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 Torry Rowell via email or at 414.263.8214.

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