emerging leaders society

Emerging Leaders Society

Our Mission: To fight poverty, hunger and homelessness.
Our Vision: The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area has a strong community of thriving adults and families as a result of Emerging Leaders Society actions.

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emerging leaders society
emerging leaders society

Who We Are

Emerging Leaders Society members create lasting impact through volunteerism, advocacy and philanthropy. Gifts made through this network support United Way of Greater Kansas City and the vital work of more than 190 partner agencies and 250 health and human service programs throughout Kansas City. From fighting poverty and helping disadvantaged youth, to securing safe housing for the homeless, your donation has the potential to impact our community in a big way.

“I am proud to be a part of a group that is filled with so many diverse and generous members from across the metropolitan area.”
 – Maren Morefield, Chair of Emerging Leaders Society


Why Emerging Leaders Society

This community of like-minded leaders is committed to volunteerism, mentorship and improving greater Kansas City. Members have opportunities to network with other business and community leaders at exclusive events, and help foster an environment of growth while serving others.

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emerging leaders society
emerging leaders society

Emerging Leaders Society 2022 Cabinet


Chair | Maren Morefield, Hallmark Cards 

Vice Chair, Membership and RecruitmentAnne Wright, JE Dunn Construction Group, Inc. 

Craig Brown, Burns & McDonnell Engineering 

Brett Dauffenbach, KC Southern 

Shelby Jacobs Farmer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City  

Joby Glymph, Hilti North America

Michael Harrell, Ash Grove Cement Company 

Terri Harrell

Ryan Harwell, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City 

Alissa Klein, BKD, LLP

Paul Lindsay, Black & Veatch 

John Montgomery, Commerce Bank 

Haldon Smith, Black & Veatch 

Kevin Truman, University of Missouri-Kansas City  

Cabinet Membership

Goal of 12-15 (two maximum per company)

Sub-committees: Events Committee, Communications Committee & Recruitment/Retention Committee 

Cabinet Terms: Two-year renewal term for members and three-year term for leadership

Time Commitment: Monthly one-hour Cabinet meetings, plus optional volunteer projects and agency tours


Join Us

Emerging Leaders Society membership is open to all ages and is filled with career-diverse individuals from entry-level to top executives and retirees. Your participation begins with an annual gift or pledge of $1,200 or greater, with a Step-up Plan option beginning at $600 annually.

For more information, contact Carol Allbritton at carol.allbritton@uwgkc.org or (816) 559-4668.