About the ELS

where community service and professional growth intersect

Become a leader, learn how to give, and gain from mentorship opportunities when you join the next generation of leaders and philanthropists.

Preparing the next generation of leaders and philanthropists is the goal of the Tulsa Area United Way’s  Emerging Leaders Society.

Membership in the Emerging Leaders Society is open to young professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s who wish to improve the quality of life in Tulsa, serve their community, and nurture their skills in leadership and philanthropy.

Young professionals will learn about the unique social needs of the Tulsa area through speakers and tours of United Way partner agencies. Members will discover how to get involved in making your community a better place. Members will also learn the basics of philanthropy - where, how, and at what level to begin supporting the community through financial contributions. Most importantly, members will gain the skills and experience to become a leader in the community.

Ali Ferguson, 2016 ELS Chair, says, "One of our goals is to help members understand and become comfortable with the concept of philanthropy."

ELS offers a Mentor Program for young professionals who support the United Way at a certain level, pairing them with business and community leaders who are members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. ELS also offers a leadership speaker series and regular networking receptions for all members.

Our members have the opportunity to attend Keynote Addresses and Round Table discussions with top community leaders representing Tulsa's leading corporations, foundations, and non-profit organizations.These events are where the generations meet to discuss career advancement, the challenges facing our city, and what the future holds. 

Networking and social receptions are held at various times throughout the year for members to get to know each other, discuss community needs, and establish important connections. Ferguson says, "The mentoring and networking opportunities have been invaluable, but it's more than that - it's about making your community a better place."

ELS members also regularly tour United Way partner agencies, learning first-hand the needs of their community and how they can get involved.

“I think our generation will approach community leadership and philanthropy in a slightly different manner, " Ferguson says. "We may take a more hands-on approach, rolling up our sleeves in addition to offering financial help."

For more information, or to become a member, contact the Director of Donor Experience, Heidi Braver, at 918-295-6660 or els@tauw.org.


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