Emerging Leaders United

Cultivating young leaders today to advance the community tomorrow

Unique opportunities for young professionals to give back

United Way’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU) group is all about building connections and having fun – with a purpose. Forget going to another ho-hum networking night or boring conference. With ELU, you’ll have unique opportunities to give back to the local community at events while meeting other passionate young professionals.

We’re all about making positive and long-lasting change in central Maryland. Through professional development, educational opportunities, volunteerism and networking events, ELU’s end goal is to change the odds for families and communities by advancing education, housing, employment and health.

Register Now: 2017 Young Professionals Conference

Leading the Way for Social Impact

Join 400 young, local professionals for a full day of networking, panels, presentations, workshops and more!  This conference combines professional development with ways to make meaningful change in your community. Topics and activities include building social ingenuity, leveraging technology, engaging in volunteerism and social responsibility, crowdsourcing, leadership and networking: today’s tools for personal and professional success—and social change. Young professionals can change the world!

ELU Young Professionals Conference




Emerging Leaders United Professional Development Workshop

Apr 25, 2017 - 7:30 a.m.

Loyola University Maryland - Timonium Campus 2034 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD

Advocacy: Help Yourself, Help Others: Empowering millennials to be more impactful professionally, personally and philanthropically. Presenter: Wendy Merrill, StrategyHorse Consulting Group LEARN MORE »

Emerging Leaders United Young Professionals Conference

May 5, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.

Four Seasons Baltimore 200 International Drive Baltimore, MD

Professional development combined with ways to make meaningful change in the community. Topics include social ingenuity, technology, volunteerism and social responsibility, crowdsourcing, leadership and networking. LEARN MORE »

Baltimore Project Homeless Connect

Oct 11, 2017

Baltimore City Convention Center, 1 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD

Save the date! Volunteer to help the Baltimore homeless community access much-needed resources. LEARN MORE »


This May, more than 300 of central Maryland’s top young leaders took a stand at United Way of Central Maryland’s Fifth Annual Emerging Leaders United (ELU) Young Professionals Conference. The “Power of You” superhero-themed event focused on personal and professional development.