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Emerging Leaders

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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 (optional) with an Emerging Leader mark.

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.


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Council Members

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Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

Maricha Harris
Dominican Center

Dante Houston
AMN Healthcare 

Leslie Plamann

Emerging Leader Council Members

Matt Bane

Brian Bulgrin
Deloitte LLP

Mac Gebara

John Goodell
Community Leader

Josiah Helbig
Rockwell Automation

Rachel Idso

Kadie Jelenchick
Foley & Lardner LLP

Dana Johnson
The Marcus Corporation

Neil Kiekhofer
Front Room Studios

Brandon Krajewski
Quarles & Brady LLP

Matt Krutza
U.S. Bank

Meg Kurlinski
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Ginger Lazovik
Falk Ruvin Gallagher – Keller Williams

Matt Moore

Devon Norwood

Bethany Seeboth
Froedtert Health 

Ashley Smith
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Erika Smith
Froedtert Health

Joshua Smith
A. O. Smith Corporation

Zach St. Martin
We Energies

Jacqueline Whelan
Children's Wisconsin

Chad Winters
HUB International

Get Involved

For more information about joining the Emerging Leader program, please contact Brea Stevenson via email or at 414.263.8163.