ELU 2018 Young Professionals Conference

Date: June 15, 2018

Where else could you learn how to administer the overdose reversal drug Naloxone, learn the story behind Boaty McBoatface, and hone your networking and professional skills while helping area kids from challenged neighborhoods?

The seventh annual United Way Emerging Leaders United (ELU) Young Professionals Conference, of course!

Three-hundred seventy-five young professionals gathered at the Four Seasons Baltimore to enjoy a wide variety of professional and personal development workshops, networking and making new friends, and a day out of the office.

This signature ELU event featured riveting speakers including Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen; author Henry Timms, whose work explores new power dynamics in today’s hyperconnected world; 25 energizing and inspiring presenters; and 18 sessions from which to choose. There was also an ice-breaking group session to create inspirational and supportive messages for area kids entering high school this coming fall.

The day concluded with a happy hour, where conference-goers could capture the spirit of the day with new friends at a photobooth; chat with author Timms, United Way President and CEO Franklyn Baker and other presenters; or head out to the balcony for more photos and a beautiful view of the Inner Harbor.

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What some attendees and speakers had to say:

“These are the events that will empower me the most to continue to grow and do good in the world.”

“Dr. Wen did a fantastic job illustrating what it means to put passion into your work.”

“Henry Timms’ keynote speech was a logistical testimony to what I felt about the current shift of power dynamic, but couldn’t put into words. His presentation made me look forward to reading his book and learning more!”

“The ELU Conference is an invaluable experience. The quality of the speakers they put in front of you is immeasurable. It truly inspires you to become a leader, to make an impact—all while making great connections along the way. ELU is such a welcoming organization, and I am so proud to be a member.”

“The ELU Young Professionals Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to both learn about how to grow yourself in your career, as well as engage with up and coming social issue topics that are relevant and necessary to make lasting change.”

“The speakers at the ELU Conference fostered conversations among my peers that were equally challenging and rewarding. From race and equity to fear of feedback, the topics we discussed enlightened my sense of purpose and direction in my career.”

“What a powerful day—bringing some of Baltimore’s best and brightest together! After this conference, I am full of hope and motivation to keep fighting the good fight in making our community stronger.”

“As up-and-coming young leaders, you are the New Power. You will be the new shapers of our communities.” –Franklyn Baker, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland

“Today is all about creating positive change: within yourself, with United Way and in the broader community.” –Elizabeth Paal, Vice Chair, Emerging Leaders United

“Doing nothing is never an option. Waiting for others to act is never an option.” –Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen


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