Emerging Leaders

Join Us for the 2023 Philanthropic 5 Awards!

Our 2023 Philanthropic 5 Winners have been announced!

Join Emerging Leaders as we honor five outstanding community leaders in their 20s, 30s, and 40s along with one youth leader who gave, advocated, and volunteered for change in the Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha communities. Registration for the event will open soon. Until then, meet our winners here!

Event details can be found here.

Meet the P5 Winners

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Emerging Leaders Day of Action 2023

On June 21, Emerging Leaders hosted 73 volunteers to celebrate United Way's annual, nationwide Day of Action event. Volunteers at Browning Elementary School and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center packed hygiene kits for teens, cleaned school grounds, and created a sensory room for students. Volunteers also worked with 2022 Philanthropic 5 Award Winner, Marquayla Ellison, to paint a school mural. Our volunteers were thrilled to give back to these two incredible United Way Community Schools.

Thank you to our friends at Deloitte and Godfrey & Kahn for their sponsorship of Day of Action this year.

If you are interested in joining the Emerging Leaders network of professionals in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, reach out to Kristen Hagen for more details.

Women United

Featured keynote speaker, Dr. Maria Elena Perez and the Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year, Cristy Garcia-Thomas

Record Attendance for Women United Bruncheon

On Wednesday, May 31, more than 550 United Way donors, volunteers, community partners, and staff, gathered at the Pfister Hotel to celebrate female leaders and learn about the incredible impact Women United is making in our community. The event was hosted by Women United co-chairs, Julia Currie and Leslie Wininger, and featured keynote speaker, Dr. Maria Elena Perez and the Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year, Cristy Garcia-Thomas. The event proceeds from this year’s Bruncheon exceeded $80,000!

This year's call to action is to help us grow our new Empowering Minds initiative around school-based youth mental health. Thank you to Baird and all our sponsors. To see a full sponsor listing, and to watch the program, visit the event page.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County's chapter of Women United is the largest Women United donor network in the United Way system! If you are interested in joining Women United, contact Nancy Clarkin for more details.

Diversity Leadership Society

Congratulations to the Spring 2023 Project LEAD Cohort!

Project LEAD is an in-depth, seven-week training program that prepares community members for leadership roles on nonprofit boards and committees, with an emphasis on recruiting participants from underrepresented board populations (women, racially and ethnically diverse, young professionals). Diversity Leadership Society is so proud of the hard work that came from the cohort this year and is excited to see what lies ahead on nonprofit boards!

Thank you to Johnson Controls for sponsoring United Way's Project LEAD program for eight consecutive years. A special thanks to Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck for joining us at the closing graduation ceremony. The application for the Fall 2023 cohort opens July 12.

Click here for more information.

2023 Project LEAD Cohort

Pride United

Pride flag with Pride United text

Learn More About Pride United

Pride United is continuing its commitment to building a strong community with diverse and talented individuals to serve on our Council. Pride United’s mission is to be as diverse as the LGBTQ+ community we serve. Learn more about the Pride United Council and how you can join this hard-working network within LGBTQ+ spaces in Milwaukee and Waukesha County.

If you are interested in joining Pride United, contact Diamond Herring-Rodgers to learn more!

LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.)

Meet LINC's Newest Members!

We are so pleased to welcome two new members to the LINC Committee! Alexandria Craig (pictured below left) is a Senior Associate at the Baird Foundation. Alex is also the campaign ambassador and plays a huge role for United Way during Baird's workplace campaign. Samiul Islam (pictured below right) is a Financial Data Scientist at Johnson Controls, another wonderful partner for United Way, and a UWM alumn. We are so excited about the passion and skills that Alex and Samiul bring to their new leadership roles on this committee.

LINC's network of young professionals in their 20s and 30s, experience the impact their generosity has in the community today, while helping to shape tomorrow. As the needs of our community continue to grow, so does this important network of young leaders.

If you are interested in joining the committee, reach out to reach out to Kristen Hagen for details.

Alex Craig       Samiul Islam

Technology United

Steve Hannan

Co-Chair Spotlight

Technology United would like to spotlight its third and final Co-Chair, Steve Hannan!

Steve is the Chief Information and Risk Officer at Landmark Credit Union serving his second year as a Technology United Co-Chair. He also serves on the Technology United CIO Advisory Board (CIO AB). CIO AB members dedicate their time, talent, and treasure to uplift Tech United's annual CIO Forum event. They also advocate on behalf of Technology United and United Way’s technology initiatives supporting local students, nonprofit agency partners, and our community.

Learn more about Technology United's initiatives or to see who serves on our CIO AB here.

Retire United

Dave Michalski

Share Your Leadership Skills!

Campaign Coordinators are seasonal staff that join United Way from August to mid-December to help support the hundreds of organizations that run workplace campaigns. This role is ideal for retirees looking for fulfilling, short term employment that provides a source of income too! Dave Michalski (pictured), Retire United Co-Chair and former Campaign Coordinator says:

"Serving as a Campaign Coordinator is a growth experience. You will learn why the United Way campaign is critical to our community. It's the best way to see how United Way works tirelessly to ensure individuals, families, and children are healthy, safe, financially secure, and able to live productive lives. This is a position that has expectations and defined responsibilities, and is balanced by the amazing staff support, cooperation, encouragement and caring the team gives to each other. In short, it's a life enriching experience that comes with a challenge to be the best you can be while doing good for our greater community."

Learn more about the Campaign Coordinator position here.

Additional Ways to Make An Impact

Learn how you can improve our community's future by joining the Legacy Society. Support your community for generations to come and create your will for free by using www.freewill.com/unitedway.

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