Emerging Leaders Society

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Our Mission  and History

To create a lasting impact in Spokane County by engaging philanthropic young leaders.

The Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) was established by Spokane County United Way in 2013 to provide early-to mid-career professionals an opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with community-minded individuals, and elevate their commitment to making a difference in the community. Spokane County United Way saw the need to educate, develop, and invest in young professionals and the role they play in the future success of the Spokane community, thus the Emerging Leaders Society was born.

What is the Emerging Leaders Society?   

Members of the Emerging Leaders Society contribute their time, talent, and treasure annually to the community, and to Spokane County United Way. ELS members attend events focused on networking and professional development, as well as have hands on volunteer experience with local non-profit agencies. Members of ELS gain leadership experience through the opportunities to serve on committees including membership, marketing, volunteer, strategic planning, and events.  

Learn More and Sign Up

Interested in learning more? Check out our informational flyer. Or, contact els@unitedwayspokane.org to be connected with a volunteer on our Membership Committee.

Ready to join ELS? Click here to fill out your membership application.

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ELS Events Calendar and Registration

Annually, the Emerging Leaders Society hosts a number of events, centered on networking, volunteerism, professional development, or some combination of the three! Check out our line up, and circle back often as we are always adding something new.

The Emerging Leaders Society’s signature event is the annual Spokane Philanthropy Awards. ELS hosts this event each October in partnership with the Spokane Journal of Business to honor philanthropic individuals and organizations in the community.

Annual Event Calendar
Click on the highlighted event below for registration

January 17, 2019

February 13, 2019

March 14, 2019

April 2019

May 22, 2019

June 20, 2019

June 26, 2019

July 24, 2019

August 23, 2019

September 17, 2019

October 22, 2019

November 2019

December 9, 2019

Annual Kickoff / Steam Plant Rooftop / 5:30 - 7:30

Serving with CEO's: Carla Cicero / Second Harvest Inland Northwest / 5:30 - 8:00 PM

ELS Hoopfest with Chad Smith, Operations Manager, Spokane Hoopfest / Whitworth University, Graves Gym / 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Spokane Gives Month / Volunteer projects are waiting at Volunteer Spokane

Annual Meeting / The Lounge, First Interstate Center for the Arts / Guest speaker Latisha Hill

Beers with Peers / Borracho Tacos & Tequileria / 5:30 PM - 7:30PM

Volunteer, Boys & Girls Club Moving Party / 3 - 6 PM

ELS is Out for Blood / Vitalant / 11 am - 2 pm

FootGolf / Eagle Ridge Short Course 

United Way Day of Impact / Hemmingson Center, Gonzaga University

Spokane Philanthropy Awards /Davenport Grand

Serving with CEO's / Tyler Lafferty / MLK Jr. Community Center / 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Jingle 'N Mingle / Proceeds Benefit Sally's House / Event held at Ruby River Hotel from 5:00pm - 8:00pm