Emerging Leaders

Lead, Connect, Inspire

“I was humbled by such a rewarding experience [at Readers in the Heights]! We were impressed with how well organized the program is and loved seeing the joy on the kids’ faces as they read!” — Mandy Koehl, Union Bank

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today

Emerging Leaders is a network of young professionals with a passion for cross-industry networking, professional development, volunteering, and gaining insights into San Diego’s diverse economic landscape.

Members are given monthly opportunities to develop business acumen and leadership skills all while building a strong, cross-industry network. Emerging Leaders are invited to our signature CEO Spotlight Series, professional development workshops, United Way community celebrations, and hands-on volunteer opportunities.


We welcome all individuals interested in professional growth and development who possess a spirit for volunteerism. Any individual who contributes $500 annually will qualify to be a part of United Way of San Diego’s Emerging Leaders. Those who are interested in investing the funds but do not wish to participate can sponsor an individual of their choice within their organization or community.

Benefits of Emerging Leaders Membership

United Way of San Diego County’s Emerging Leaders offers monthly engagement opportunities that allow members to:

  • Interact with C-Level leaders from San Diego’s business community
  • Grow personal and professional networks
  • Participate in complimentary professional development workshops
  • Custom opportunities to get hands-on in San Diego County through volunteerism

There is no time commitment to join Emerging Leaders. We recognize that our council is made up of diverse professionals, so members can participate as often or as little they’d like! Engagement opportunities exist monthly for our members.


Please join us in creating long-term community change! To join Emerging Leaders, our members make a minimum of $500 annual gift directed to United Way.


For more information about Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Events

Emerging Leaders: Holiday Celebration

November 12, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Emerging Leaders & Women United: CEO Spotlight

September 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm