Emerging Leaders Society

Do you care about your community? Are you looking to get involved and meet other people? Would you like to volunteer, network and work alongside other civic-minded professionals? If so, it sounds like you're an Emerging Leader!

United Way of Broome County's Emerging Leaders bring caring people together to solve our community's toughest challenges by cultivating the next generation of leaders, volunteers, and donors. We are here to prove that emerging talent is thriving in Broome County!


Our Mission

To develop the future leaders of Broome County by establishing positive community events and programs, providing educational opportunities, and fostering personal and professional relationships.

Our Goals
  1. Strengthen our community by creating highly visible and impactful service projects.
  2. Foster and grow connections that will benefit members on a personal as well as professional level.
  3. Provide targeted and meaningful educational opportunities to support the development of future leaders.
Upcoming Events

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February 22nd 2017, United Way of Broome County Board Room, 101 Jensen Rd, Vestal 5:30pm-6:30pm

- Networking and refreshments begin at 5:30, presentation begins promptly at 6pm, aprox runtime of 1 hour -

- FREE for ELS members, $10 for non-members. Pay at the door, or pay in advance -

- Please RSVP by February 15th, 2017. To attend please CLICK HERE-

Photo Galleries

Lunch & Learn Workshop with Sean McDonald


Networking+ at Burger Mondays

Steering Committee

Alicia Hibbard, Graphic Designer,  Maines Paper & Food Services, Inc.

Ben Giordano, Founder, FreshySites

Brady L. Begeal, Associate, Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP

Brandon Sunderlin, CPA, Johnson, Lauder & Savidge, LLP

Desiree Ford, Enrollment Management Copywriter, Binghamton University

Jenna Rosenberg, AVP, Human Resources, Visions Federal Credit Union

Jim Orband, Marketing Manager, i3 Electronics, Inc

Timothy Strong, Business Development Manager, Visions Federal Credit Union

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I am unable to attend events?

We understand that each of us have very busy schedules, filled with lots of personal and professional commitments. Keeping that in mind, none of the ELS events will be mandatory in order to retain membership. Instead, the minimum requirement for ELS is to attend and participate in at least one sponsored event per year. We hope that you will want to participate in more than just one, but you have the flexibility to decide which event, or events, you want to attend.

What exactly is the United Way and what does it do?

The United Way of Broome County is independently operated and managed by a local board of directors, with an affiliation to United Way World. United Way is the largest non-government funder of health and human service programs in Broome County. Their focus is on building a stronger community by investing in education, income, and health. Through generous community and corporate contributions, the United Way supports more than 40 programs across Broome County each year.

Why is the Emerging Leaders Society affiliated with the United Way of Broome County?

There are nearly 1,800 local United Way organizations around the world and many of those include an emerging leaders group. The United Way gives our group a platform to achieve our mission. It is a recognizable and respected organization that has created a successful blueprint for improving the quality of life in our local community, a goal that is directly in line with our primary goal as up-and-coming leaders. Lastly, since we are all very busy, the United Way will be able to assist our group with programing, administrative tasks, record keeping, and other operational functions.

Joining Broome ELS requires a “meaningful donation” each year to the United Way of Broome County’s annual campaign. What is a “meaningful donation”?

A meaningful donation is a voluntary, monetary gift that should not be nominal, but should be a significant amount to you based on your own financial situation. Since everyone has different financial capabilities, it would be unfair to require a certain dollar-amount. Instead, we ask that you make a donation that is meaningful to you. For some, this may be $20, and for others, this may be $200 or more. The United Way is a federally tax-exempt organization, and therefore, all of your monetary contributions should qualify you for a tax deduction.

Why is a “meaningful donation” to the United Way of Broome County’s annual campaign one of the requirements for membership?

Simply put, we believe that if you want to see Broome County become a better place to live for you and your family, there is no better way to do that than by supporting the United Way’s annual campaign. Because the United Way of Broome County has a sizeable foundation that supports its operating costs, 100% of the donations collected during United Way's annual campaign are awarded to local agencies with high-impact projects. Rather than requiring dues or an entrance fee for ELS, it was decided that your money is better spent supporting the United Way of Broome County, which in turn, directly supports the growth of our community.