THE EMERGING LEADERS SOCIETY IS A NETWORK OF PHILANTHROPIC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY'S VISION THROUGH NETWORKING, VOLUNTEERING, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
Spokane County United Way's goal is to connect dynamic, young professionals driven to create lasting change through philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership in the Spokane community.
Through signature events, such as the Spokane Philanthropy Awards, as well as continued support of Spokane County United Way initiatives, such as the Day of Action and Spokane Gives, the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) is changing the face of volunteerism and community engagement in Spokane County by providing individual donors the opportunity to collectively come together to create a more educated, prosperous and healthy community.
From the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Society
On behalf of the Spokane County United Way Emerging Leaders Society (ELS), welcome! Thank you for your interest in our group. I am proud to be the current co-chair of the board, and am eager to share my passion with you about ELS.
Through my position at Umpqua Bank, I was introduced to the Spokane County United Way and was able to see the impact and importance the United Way has in the areas of financial stability, education, and health. While the effect on our community is great, at the time, there was an area of opportunity to bridge the work of the United Way with the passions of community-minded young professionals. I wanted to be a part of this important effort. Luckily, I was not alone.
Through the hard work and creative energy of other young professionals (who I am proud to call friends), the Emerging Leaders Society was born. The Emerging Leaders Society provides opportunities to network, volunteer, and hear from leaders in the community. We hope to continue to carry on the strong tradition of generosity and support for social services programs in Spokane, and set an example for the next generation.
As a mother of young boys, I strive to instill the ideals of philanthropy and volunteerism so they can understand the importance of giving back. But more than that, it’s imperative to make sure that Spokane is a great community for them to grow up in, live in, and eventually work in. I believe we are well on our way.
I hope you’ll join us in our efforts. I look forward to seeing you in the community!
Shelly Colomb, 2016 ELS Board Chair