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Leaders in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who connect socially, develop professionally, and serve collectively, embracing causes around education.

Emerging Leaders are the next generation of professionals who want to make a difference in our community. 

Changing Lives

This network has always been a champion of students, specifically around literacy. Their Emerging Readers program was a staple of the group for many years. 

Beginning in 2023, their larger focus is on supporting the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership. This priority is all about transforming schools into places where educators, local community members, families, and students work together to strengthen conditions for student learning and healthy development. 

Member Benefits

You can be part of creating lasting change in our community for so many in need. In addition, you can:

  • Grow your professional network, build new relationships, and partner with likeminded philanthropists and community leaders. 
  • Attend special events like:
    • Philanthropic 5 Awards, which recognizes community leaders that have made extraordinary commitments of leadership, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
    • Leadership Panels, which offers networking opportunities for local professionals while engaging in conversations on important topics.
    • Day of Action, a global volunteer event that occurs annually where thousands of people in more than 400 communities across the world volunteer with their local United Way.   


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Council Members

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Emerging Leader Council Co-chairs

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Lindsey Ashenden, ManpowerGroup

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Alex Lackore, EY

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Joshua Smith, A.O. Smith Corporation

Emerging Leader Council Members

Thomas Carini, Deloitte LLP

Christopher Eichner, Froedtert Health

Sarah Erdmann, Quarles

Maricha Harris, Dominican Center

Nathan Imfeld, Foley & Lardner LLP

Brian Jacobs, Baird

Dana Johnson, Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Ginger Lazovik, Falk Ruvin Gallagher – Keller Williams

Emily Mason, Northwestern Mutual 

Allison Parra, Baird

Kelsey Schanke, Godfrey & Kahn S.C.

Zach St. Martin, We Energies

Jacqueline Whelan, Children's Wisconsin

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Philanthropic 5 Awards

Nominate a leader in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who is making extraordinary commitments to our local nonprofit community.

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Day of Action

Join United Way's Emerging Leaders to celebrate the annual nation-wide volunteer event.

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Leadership Panels

Join Emerging Leaders to learn how Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership is strengthening neighbors families, students, and the community.

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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.