Emerging Leaders United

ELU members at mixer
ELU group at leadership mixer

ELU Board

Board Chair:
Colleen Leiss

Past Chair:
Kristen Coffman

Chair Elect:
Stephanie Reese

Membership Chair:
Blake Stinnette

Communications Chair:
David Kelly

Connect Chair:
Jessica Utley

Connect Co-Chair:
Melissa Williamson

Serve Chair:
Celestia Ware

Lead Chair:
Will Powell

Emerging Leaders United (ELU), formerly Medius Circle, is an educational society of young professionals who share a passion for advancing social change by leveraging the power of United Way to connect, serve and lead. Members range in age from early-20s to mid-40s and are compelled to take a leadership role in creating healthier communities. Members grow personally and professionally through opportunities in volunteerism, leadership workshops and unique networking events.

ELU Members expand their network and enhance their skills by interacting with individuals in diverse fields and learning about United Way philanthropic partnerships. In ELU, members empower each other to share their time, talent and resources to effect lasting change in the community. ELU members are community-minded professionals who want to connect with like-minded peers, serve their community and become leaders in giving. To learn more about Emerging Leaders United and how you can join please email Meredith Hendrickson or call 615-771-2312.

Applicant Qualifications

  • United Way Leadership Donor ($500+ per year)
  • Endorsed by employer to dedicate necessary time/energy to the program
  • Commitment to attending and participating in all scheduled events

Events for 2016

ELU meetings will be held bi-monthly. Scheduled events will be held at the UWWC office in Franklin (unless noted otherwise).

DATES:  First Thursday of the Month
TIME:  11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

January 7th: The UWWC Allocations Process Workshop (Presenter: Pam Bryant)
UWWC President/CEO will provide overview of how funds get invested back into the community.

March 3rd: Community Service Project
Members who have received training will get to participate in the Citizen’s Review Process (Allocations).

May 5th: Agency Tour, Group-Reports (Session 1)
We will tour 2 agencies who receive funding from United Way and discuss the visit over lunch.

September 1st: Agency Tour, Group-Reports (Session 2)
We will tour 2 agencies who receive funding from United Way and discuss the visit over lunch.

October 19th: UWWC Board Leader (Presenter: Andy Menzyk)
Luncheon 11:30-1:00 Emeritus Board Member will focus on topics of leadership development and volunteerism. RSVP to Eric Hudson at ehudson@uwwc.org by Oct. 12.

December 1st: Leadership Mixer
An evening (5:30-7:30 p.m.) at Andrews Cadillac for our community’s influential leaders.

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