Emerging Leaders United

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United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s Emerging Leaders is a diverse group of engaged young professionals working to drive impact in the Capital Region. Members use their unique skills, passion, and creativity to dive into social issue areas facing our community and create sustainable change. Emerging Leaders leverage the power of United Way to show the strength and collective impact of the next generation of philanthropists. 

For more information on how to get involved email EmergingLeaders@unitedwaygcr.org

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ConnectMake lasting connections with other young professionals and community leaders at social networking events.

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Serve –  Enhance your community impact and meet your philanthropic goals by participating in hands-on volunteer opportunities.

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LeadStrengthen your leadership skills through a variety of opportunities for networking, leadership development, and educational events.

August 2022

Tuesday, August 30

Capital Region Adult Spelling Bee presented by Emerging Leaders United
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen  |  6 - 9 p.m.

Register to compete or join us to watch. Attendees can bring a school supply donation for free entry or give the suggested $10 donation at the door. 

Learn More & Register


September 2022

Thursday, September 1

Nutritious Learning Trails Path Install

Lend a hand as we install our next path in Hudson's Henry Hudson Riverfront Park, creating engaging learning opportunities for kids in our communities. 

Email EmergingLeaders@unitedwaygcr.org


Wednesday, September 21

Campaign Kick Off

Take part in an Emerging Leaders workshop as we kick off a new campaign season.


October 2022

Monday, October 3

Volunteer Opportunity with the Regional Food Bank of NENY

Join us to volunteer our time and learn about the work of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York! We will be given a tour of the facility in Latham with an educational presentation, followed by sorting of donated foods from local retail outlets. This is an Emerging Leaders United exclusive volunteer session, but feel free to sign up a friend who may be interested in joining the group.

Limited spots are available! To sign up, email emergingleaders@unitedwaygcr.org with your t-shirt size.


Wednesday, October 19

UWGCR Annual Meeting


November 2022

Wednesday, November 2

Speed Mentoring at The Blake Annex


Tuesday, November 29

Next Generation of Philanthropists on Giving Tuesday

For Giving Tuesday, a group of Emerging Leaders in the Capital Region come together to support UWGCR’s continuing efforts to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in the Greater Capital Region.

December 2022

Wednesday, December 7

Women United Perfect Pitch


December TBD

Emerging Leaders Holiday Gathering


December TBD

SHRED Volunteer Opportunity


Emerging Leaders have exclusive access to monthly networking and volunteer opportunities to become more involved in the community. Along with our partner agencies, United Way of the Greater Capital Region inspires Emerging Leaders participants with service projects, professional development workshops, and nonprofit leadership educational opportunities. 


Partnering with our local community, Emerging Leaders United hosts special events like the Adult Spelling Bee, raising money and collecting supplies for school children in need across the Capital Region. 

518 DAY  

Participate together in United Way's annual 518 Day, the single largest day of impact in the Capital Region. In 2022, the group installed the region's first Nutritious Choices Learning Path, planted flowers, cleaned up in Black Lives Matter park in Albany, and installed a second Nutritious Choices Learning Path in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson.


Annually a group of active Emerging Leaders will be selected to be featured as The Next Generation of Philanthropists on Giving Tuesday, raising funds in support of UWGCR and Emerging Leaders United.


Leadership Committee

CeliaMarie DeCancio

CeliaMarie DeCancio

Lizzie Schlegel

Lizzie Schlegel

Lucas Sestito

Lucas Sestito
Callanan Industries, Inc.

Lauren Valentine

Lauren Valentine
Alaant Workforce Solutions

William VonAtzingen

William VonAtzingen
Cetera Investors

Emerging Leaders Collage