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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 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.


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

Council Members

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Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

Maricha Harris
Dominican Center

Zach St. Martin
We Energies 

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

Emerging Leader Council Members

Lindsey Ashenden 

Matthew Bane

Brian Bulgrin
Deloitte LLP

Christopher Eichner
Froedtert Health

John Goodell
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Council (LB&I)

Josiah Helbig
Rockwell Automation

Rachel Idso

Kadie Jelenchick
Foley & Lardner LLP

Dana Johnson
Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Neil Kiekhofer
Front Room Studios

Brandon Krajewski
Quarles & Brady LLP

Matthew Krutza
First Business Bank 

Alex Lackore

Ginger Lazovik
Falk Ruvin Gallagher – Keller Williams

Matthew Moore

Devon Norwood

Bethany Seeboth
Froedtert Health 

Erika Smith
Froedtert Health

Joshua Smith
A.O. Smith Corporation

Sarah Tilkens
GE Healthcare 

Jacqueline Whelan
Children's Wisconsin

Chad Winters
HUB International

Get Involved

For more information about joining the Emerging Leader program, please contact Audrey Kanthack via email or at 414.263.8187.