Benefits of Young Leaders United

Grow personally and professionally by meeting a wide range of civic and business leaders.

Connect with your community through year-round volunteer activities.

Help host IGNITE, one of United Way’s largest fundraisers, to support our workforce development initiative.

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IGNITE is a festive, mid-winter party bringing together Chicago area VIPs and young professionals for an evening of live music, dancing , hors d’oeuvres and cocktails—all to raise funds to support United Way's workforce development efforts to provide our neighbors with critical access to job training and placement.

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Young Leaders United members support United Way by annually giving $250 or more. Your annual investment doesn’t just help to provide quick and simple community fixes—you will be helping to create lasting change in the community through skills-based Volunteering, mentorship and raising funds to support community driven solutions.

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Meet the members

Tiara Muse

Director of Research, Furst Group

“Joining YLU has provided me with numerous opportunities to give back and provide sources of hope to communities in a big way. United Way has done a phenomenal job of offering resources to communities in need and this consistent commitment totally aligns with my values.”

Tom Jacobs

Product Lead, Blue Crew

“I joined [YLU] because I fell in love with the mission of United Way. I truly believe in United Way's approach of localizing support from an individual metro area to an individual neighborhood and all the way to an individual family. I'm honored to contribute to an organization that does so much to help communities at this foundation level.”

Sara Clancy

YLU Committee Chair; Senior Manager, KPMG

“The biggest reason why I joined [YLU] was because I feel that United Way has the biggest potential to make a large impact.”

Young Leaders United Council


Marisa McCabe

Vice Chair

Tom Jacobs


Nick Anderson


Jennifer Bahra

Fifth Third Bank

Adam Blumstein

Burns & McDonnell

Kathryn Bors


Luz Bottecchia


Andy Christensen

Partners by Design

Steven Cox

Emily Davis


MV Garibay

West Corporation

Patrick Green

Reed Construction

Nick Handorf


Courtney Hubbard

Ernst & Young

Shafaq Imtiazi


Jeff Leets

Northern Trust

Justin Lewis


Mourya Mamidala


Sedrick McDonald

Northwestern Mutual

Gabriella McLoughlin

Iowa State

Tiara Muse

Furst Group

Trey Page


Matt Rohan

US Bank

Tina Sayadi

Texas Instruments

Ben Schwertz


Erica Sobecki


Stevan Tomich

Eli Lilly & Company

Diana Welch

JPMorgan Chase

Other Affinity Groups and Giving Societies

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Invest in people. Invest in your neighborhood. Invest in a stronger Chicago.


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Share your time. Share your talents. Share your love for community.

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