United Way’s Emerging Leaders United Membership Group Announces 2017 Leadership
New Leadership Appointed for Young Professionals Organization
Aimed at Improving Lives and Communities
BALTIMORE (July 18, 2017) – United Way of Central Maryland today announced new leadership for its Emerging Leaders United (ELU) membership group. Whitney Harmel has been named chair, and Elizabeth Paal named vice chair for 2017. United Way’s ELU provides unique opportunities for young professionals to give back and make positive, long-lasting change in central Maryland. The group offers members professional development, educational and volunteer opportunities, as well as networking events.
An ELU member since 2014, Whitney Harmel will now serve as chair for the group after serving as vice-chair in 2016. Born and raised in Baltimore County, Harmel was attracted to ELU because of the opportunities the group has provided its members to collaborate with other like-minded young professionals who are driven to make a difference. Whitney currently works for a software integrator headquartered near Boston. In her role, she partners with IT professionals responsible for maintaining a secure workplace to limit their company’s exposure to cyber threats. The Annapolis resident received her bachelors of science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
“ELU has helped me discover a true passion for philanthropy and giving back to the community,” said Harmel. “Our members are diverse in every way, but we all share a passion for the Baltimore region and improving the odds for families and individuals in need.”
Baltimore-native Elizabeth Paal also shares a deep commitment to central Maryland, which is evident through her involvement with numerous nonprofit organizations in the region. A graduate of Leadership Baltimore County, Elizabeth is the past chair of membership for the Junior League of Baltimore and in 2015 was recognized as one of Maryland’s Finest for raising thousands of dollars to support the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Elizabeth is a certified financial planner practitioner with Heritage Financial Consultants. Her practice specializes in comprehensive financial planning in the areas of wealth management, retirement planning, education funding, risk management (insurance) and estate planning.
“Baltimore has always and will always be home to me,” said Paal. “When I moved back to the area after college, I learned about ELU. After attending my first event, I was hooked and determined to get involved in the community. ELU was and still is comprised of young, dynamic, professional leaders looking to lift up our communities in need.”
“Whitney and Elizabeth are both role models in the community and fantastic leaders in the workplace,” said Jeremy Rosendale, director of United Way of Central Maryland Emerging Leaders United. “They are phenomenal ambassadors, not only for ELU, but the entire United Way network. Their leadership and commitment to giving back will move our organization forward and help us to assist even more people in the community.”
Emerging Leaders United provides unique opportunities for young professionals to give back to the local community at events while meeting other committed young professionals. Click here to learn more about United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United and how the group continues to fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person and family across central Maryland.
For more information about United Way of Central Maryland’s work, or to join our fight to create meaningful, measurable and lasting change for people throughout our region, visit www.uwcm.org.
About United Way of Central Maryland
United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in every community. For more than 90 years, United Way of Central Maryland has been improving lives in the communities it serves: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard Counties, and Baltimore City.
All of United Way’s work is supported by the 2-1-1 Maryland United Way Helpline, a 24-hour, 7-day a week service that provides information and referrals on a variety of health and human service issues. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has provided answers for more than 104,000 calls for help in fiscal year 2016.
In January 2017, United Ways in Maryland released the ALICE® Report, revealing that more than a third of Maryland households – nearly 750,000 – either live in poverty, or qualify at or below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold. United Way of Central Maryland works to stabilize ALICE residents – individuals and families who work hard but still cannot afford basic necessities because of Maryland’s high cost of living – and those that fall below the Federal Poverty Level, by focusing on the building blocks of a better life to become self-sufficient: education, employment, housing and health.
United Way is improving lives in central Maryland communities, but no one can create change alone. United Way of Central Maryland encourages individuals to get their friends, colleagues and others involved, to do more in the community and help more families in central Maryland. Working together, United Way of Central Maryland, its supporters and its volunteers can empower more families in the communities it serves.