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2023 Philanthropic 5 Awards

Nominations are now closed.


Emerging Leaders members are individuals 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 with an Emerging Leader mark (optional).


Become a Member Today

If your employer runs a United Way workplace campaign, please give $1,200+ through your workplace. All other donors click “Donate Now & Join” to open a new page and start your online donation. You will need to create a username and password so you can make your gift today.


Donate Now & Join


Learn how you can get on a pathway to leadership giving.

Council Members

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Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

Zach St. Martin
We Energies 

Ashley A. Smith
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Joshua Smith
A.O. Smith Corporation

Emerging Leader Council Members

Lindsey Ashenden 

Brian Bulgrin
Deloitte LLP

Christopher Eichner
Froedtert Health

Maricha Harris
Dominican Center

Rachel Idso

Kadie Jelenchick
Foley & Lardner LLP

Dana Johnson
Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Brandon Krajewski
Quarles & Brady LLP 

Alex Lackore

Ginger Lazovik
Falk Ruvin Gallagher – Keller Williams

Matthew Moore

Devon Norwood

Bethany Seeboth
Froedtert Health 

Sarah Tilkens
GE Healthcare 

Jacqueline Whelan
Children's Wisconsin

Chad Winters
HUB International

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Get Involved

For more information about joining the Emerging Leader program, please contact Kristen Hagen via email or at 414.263.8190.