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, This emerging leaders program has the end goal to change the odds for families and communities by advancing education, housing, employment and health.

United we fight. United we win.Watch a video about our work.



Wine in the Winter with Emerging Leaders United

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.

Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street, Baltimore, MD

Join United Way of Central Maryland's Emerging Leaders United (ELU) for an exclusive evening of wine, food pairings, live music, raffle drawings, innovator awards and of course, mingling with old and new ELU friends. LEARN MORE »

Project Homeless Connect Harford County 2018

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:00 a.m.

APGFCU Arena at Harford Community College 401 Thomas Run Road Bel Air, MD 21015

Project Homeless Connect volunteers will work one-on-one with guests to help them identify and secure needed services, or are assigned to help as needed throughout the event. LEARN MORE »

Stone Soup with Families Living United

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:30 a.m.

Bel Air United Methodist Church 21 Linwood Avenue Bel Air, MD 21014

Together, we can work to end hunger in Baltimore City. Bring your whole family and join us to assemble meals for people in need. LEARN MORE »

ELU Member of the Month

Ashley Johnson with ELU

Ashley Johnson

Neighborhood: Anne Arundel County
Workplace: Johns Hopkins Healthcare
Title/Position: Supervisor

“My favorite ELU event is the annual conference. I love the amount of knowledge that is shared in the different workgroups as well as the opportunity to meet others like myself who want to do well for our community.”


In May, more than 400 young game changers gathered for United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU) Young Professionals Conference. The sixth annual, day-long conference was a sell-out, and featured a series of panels, workshops and presentations based on advancing personal, professional and social change.