Emerging Leaders Society


About Us

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 by serving on their committee of choice (Events, Marketing, Membership, Spokane Philanthropy Awards, Strategic Planning, Volunteer). 

To create measurable community impact by engaging and developing philanthropic leaders through our partnership with United Way. 

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.

ELS Events and Registration

All Events moving to the Third Thursday starting in September

ELS is proud to announce that we are moving to a Third Thursday schedule beginning in September. Going forward, all events will be hosted on the Third Thursday of each month. Additional information on specific events is below – we look forward to seeing you soon!

Ongoing, Virtual: ELS is proud to present Off The Cuff, an interview series that will give a glimpse inside the leadership, careers, and passions of some of Spokane's most influential leaders. This series aims to connect our community with some of the most prominent leaders in Spokane. Follow us on Facebook to catch up on who we have already interviewed and keep an eye out for new interviews on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

Serving with Leaders offer the opportunity for ELS members to donate their time to community nonprofits while also engaging and learning from local speakers. The events promote direct volunteer service, networking, and leadership skill-building within ELS membership.

Save the Date: Upcoming dates are:

  • Thursday, November 17, 2022

More details will be posted on Volunteer Spokane as they become available.

Join us at North Bowl for a night of fun and laughter. Costume contest? Check. Team activity? Check. Opportunity to win a contest? Check. Teams of four will compete throughout the night for the chance to win a prize, you won’t want to miss out!

In partnership with The Spokane Journal of Business, the Emerging Leaders Society presents the Spokane Philanthropy Awards. The Spokane Philanthropy Awards are intended to highlight and celebrate those who are making a significant impact in addition to their public/private sector employment and/or retired status. 

Thank you to Nick Grow Music, Dan Mahoney who spoke on servant leadership, and to TEN Capital for hosting!

Are you new to ELS or interested in learning more? Come hang out for a night of fun activities with existing members!

Save the Date: Join us for our Annual Meeting on May 19, 2022. Our final event for the fiscal year, we vote in new board members and connect with local leaders.

Gather together on the grassy yard of Brick West to share in great conversations over a good beverage, with live music and a raffle supporting some of our favorite, local Spokane businesses. All proceeds from the sale of additional raffle tickets will to to Transitions.

Emerging Leaders Society Board Members 2021-2022

Roshelle Cleland
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Spokane Philanthropy Awards Chair

Kelly Hewson
Keller Williams Realty
Board Co-Chair

Cody Hines

Jamie Hofmann
Volunteer Chair


Kaileen Kersting
Hospice of Spokane

Liza Kovalenko
Witherspoon Kelley
Board Co-Chair

Jourdyn McClain

Buffy Nustad

Justin Reed

Amanda Richards
Marketing Co-Chair

Katie Schiefelbein
Ignatium ABX Orchestration
Marketing Co-Chair

Sage Swanson
Ten Capital
Events Co-Chair

Matt Wetzel
Umpqua Bank
United Way Board Liaison