Emerging Leaders United

Leiss and one - Emerging Leaders United
ELU group - Emerging Leaders United

ELU Board

Board Chair:
David Kelly

Vice Chair:
Celeste Ware

Megan Pratt

UWWC Representative:
Joy Lehmann

United Way’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU) is a leadership and professional development program that enhances leadership skills through the unique community investment lens of United Way. Developed to augment a professional’s career path, ELU sessions provide insight into the necessary skills for serving on nonprofit boards and exposure to local programs that assist area residents and strengthen our communities. Participants are presented with opportunities to engage and network with other members, community stakeholders, session speakers, and nonprofit leaders.

ELU members expand their network and enhance their skills by interacting with individuals in diverse fields and learning about United Way philanthropic partnerships. Members empower each other to share their time, talent, and resources to affect lasting change in the community. 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, contact Joy Lehmann or call 615-771-2312.


  • Commitment to attending and participating in scheduled events
  • United Way Leadership Donor, $500+ per year (choose your payment method and frequency)
  • Receive a Certificate of Program Participation after completing one year of membership
  • Opportunities for public recognition and ELU leadership positions
  • Opportunity to be a founding ELU member

Open ELU Member/Sponsor Guidelines for details.


  • JANUARY 23 / ELU Mixer – Learn who we are and what we do
  • FEBRUARY 27 / THE ART OF VOLUNTEERING – What’s in it for you?
  • MAY 15 / THE BOARD – Preparing for strategic nonprofit board development
  • AUGUST 21 / BOOTS ON THE GROUND – Programs that serve our community
  • OCTOBER 16 / THE ART OF RESPONSIBLE GENEROSITY – How your funds are invested in the community
  • NOVEMBER 29 / TOCQUEVILLE/ELU MIXER – A holiday leadership gathering*

All dates are tentative. Prospective members are encouraged to attend one session per year. Contact Joy Lehmann to RSVP. *Only open to members.


Local businesses and organizations are invited to sponsor ELU sessions. Benefits include:

  • Acknowledgment on printed ELU materials for the calendar year
  • Speak at the opening of sponsored sessions
  • Provide promotional materials at group events
  • Recognition via website and social media

Open ELU Member/Sponsor Guidelines for details.