Emerging Leaders Society

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THE EMERGING LEADERS SOCIETY IS A NETWORK OF PHILANTHROPIC YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY'S VISION THROUGH NETWORKING, VOLUNTEERING, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

 

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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Board of Directors 2020-2021

 

Courtney Altringer
Wells Fargo

Emily Arneson
STA
United Way Board Liaison

Roshelle Cleland
Lutheran Community Services

Brennan Floyd
State Bank
 

Kayla Golden

Drew Henry
Revival Tea Company
SPA Chair

Amanda Hester
Spokane Valley Chamber

Kelly Hewson
Keller Williams

Cody Hines
Washington Trust Bank

 

Chris Houglum

2nd Harvest

Volunteer Chair

JJ McClinton
WSECU

Celena Mock
Avista

Lauren Nissen
Innovia Foundation

Buffy Nustad
STCU

Melisa Paul
GSI

Heather Schmitt
Gonzaga University

Tim Shustoff
Learfield IMG College

MJ Spadfora
Gonzaga University

Heather Sulpizio
Providence

Rebecca Sumner
US Bank 

Events Chair

Jessie Tennant
Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington
and Northern Idaho

Julieanna Thomas
Providence

Dan Thorpe
WSECU

Michael Truex
Avista
Board Chair

Ryanne Truex
Hill International

Membership Chair

Sinead Voorhees
Whitworth MBA
Sponsorship Chair

Jeff Watson
Cetera Advisors
Treasurer

Tyler West
Northwest Farm Credit Services

Jesse Zumbro
YMCA

 

 

ELS Events Calendar and Registration -

due to COVID-19 all events are currently postponed

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, 2020

February 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

April 22, 2020

May 14, 2020 

June

July

August 

September 

October

November 

December 

Annual Kickoff / Chateau Rive / 5:00-7:00 PM

Serving with CEO's / Mental Health Community Conversation / Fellow Coworking Space / 5:30 - 7:30 PM

ELS 3-3 Tournament / Warehouse Athletic Facility / 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Serving with CEO's Volunteer Event TBD

Annual Meeting 

Beers with Peers 

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

FootGolf / Eagle Ridge Short Course 

United Way Day of Impact 

Spokane Philanthropy Awards 

Serving with CEO's

Jingle 'N Mingle