United Way’s Emerging Leaders

Members of United Way’s Emerging Leaders believe that our community’s challenges can be solved, and that together, we can create positive, lasting change. Through philanthropy, volunteerism, and advocacy, Emerging Leaders members use their energy to change the odds for the children and families in our community.

Whether you’re looking for new friends, professional development, or ways to make our community stronger, we invite you to join our Emerging Leaders.

And don’t just get involved. Find your seat at the table.


Why Join?

Make friends and grow your network

Build life-long friendships and make great professional contacts in a variety of industries in the Southwest Alabama business community.

Have fun with us at social events

We’re always coming up with new, fun ways to get to know each other

Experience exclusive volunteer opportunities

We’re passionate about helping our community. You’ll get to enjoy getting to know your fellow Emerging Leaders members while volunteering and creating meaningful experiences.

Steering Committee

Take your community engagement to the next level. Our Steering Committee leads the charge on events, professional development, and volunteerism.

2018 Emerging Leaders Steering Committee

Ann Laurie McClurkin, McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, L.L.C., Chair

Gerald Ramos, New York Life Insurance Company, Co-Chair

Wesley Hughes, US Tool Group, PR & Marketing Chair

Lakeisha Williams, Mobile Community Action, Events Chair

Ryan New, Renasant Bank, Emeritus Chair


Interested in being a part of this movement?

Community-oriented individuals, between the ages of 21 and 40 are eligible to join EL one of three ways:

  • Give United way an annual gift of $250 or more 
  • Volunteer 12 hours (or $250 hours worth) of community service per year through United Way’s Volunteer Connect
  • Acquire $500 worth of sponsorships per year for United Way and/or EL events

Interested in learning more about United Way’s Emerging Leaders? Want to know about upcoming events or volunteer opportunities? It’s as easy as filling out this form and email to shunt@uwswa.org!