Leadership Next wants you!


Brittany Guerriero Brittany Guerriero
Director, Corporate Relations
United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Want to get involved with Leadership Next, United Way for Southeastern Michigan's emerging leaders' society? Read on for ways to volunteer or network with our membership.

Take action: Volunteer

Join us in the fight against hunger September 1 and 2

Education and food are two of life's most basic necessities. Without them, children and adults have trouble learning, focusing, and creating a better future for themselves. Want to make a difference? Join United Way for Southeastern Michigan on September 1 and 2  to help distribute backpacks full of school supplies as well as food bags to residents, caregivers, parents in the Brightmoor community. Volunteers are still needed! Sign up here to participate: http://tinyurl.com/3cnzlh5.

Run for a cause with us at the Detroit Marathon

Can you run and help transform our region at the same time: Leadership Next members say they can! For the third year, United Way is a Charity of Choice for the Detroit Free Press Marathon on Sunday, October 16, 2011. This means that participants can run/walk on behalf of United Way. Help Leadership Next raise $1,000 towards transforming Greater Detroit into one of the top five places to live and work by 2030!

Join other Leadership Next members as they participate in the 5k. Register online now at http://tinyurl.com/43ba52x. The registration fee is only $35. Please be sure to select United Way for Southeastern Michigan in both the “Please designate a Personal Charity” and the “OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNERS” fields during the event registration process. *Please note the $35 registration fee is not a donation to United Way rather it helps the Free Press to cover the costs associated with the event.

If you can't participate, but still wish to donate, please visit Leadership Next’s 5k page here: http://www.active.com/donate/unitedwaysem/leadershipnext.

Join us for our Family Volunteer Day on October 1

Nearly 1 in 4 Michigan homes with children are threatened with hunger. Hungry children suffer developmentally, educationally, & financially from food insecurity. Join us for Leadership Next's Family Volunteer Day on October 1 to help combat this growing epidemic. We'll meet at Gleaners Community Food Bank to pack food boxes that will be distributed to local food pantries. Your entire family is invited and encouraged to attend. If you are interested, drop Brittany Guerriero an email at brittany.guerriero@LiveUnitedSEM.org so we can make sure to include you on our upcoming invitee list.

Volunteer Leadership program

Interested in expanding your personal and professional networks while making a difference in the region? Then this is the right opportunity for you! Join us in making Greater Detroit one of the top five places to live and work by 2030 by signing up for the Loaned Ambassador track of our Volunteer Leadership Program.

As a Loaned Ambassador, you will speak to a variety of groups from intimate settings with senior leaders to large gatherings of employees about current issues facing our region and United Way’s strategies to turn metro Detroit around. Training is provided (scheduled for September 13 -15, 2011).

For more information, please contact Jessica Wayland at 313-226-9248 or Jessica.Wayland@liveunitedsem.org by September 2, 2011. To confirm your participation in the Volunteer Leadership Program and secure your spot in the Training Session, please sign up here http://tinyurl.com/Volunteer-Leader.

Seeking Champions

Are you passionate about metro Detroit, Leadership Next, sustainable community change? Are you ready to become the “go-to” emerging leader within your company? If you answered yes, then we need you to join the ranks of our Champions Council! This elite group of Leadership Next members work within their own organization to identify emerging leaders and encourage them to get involved, through United Way, in the issues that they care about most. We'll provide you with guidance on how to do this, as well as help develop opportunities just for you and your colleagues. In exchange, you will receive exclusive Champions-only invites to exclusive community events and  opportunities.

Want to know more? Contact Brittany Guerriero via email at Brittany.Guerriero@LiveUnitedSEM.org or at 313.520.2183.

Get Involved: Network

There are a ton of great networking opportunities coming up this Fall and Winter with Leadership Next! All of these opportunities are by invitation only, so make sure you are a registered member of Leadership Next if you want to be included on our invitee list.

New member reception

Save the date for our New Member Reception to be held on Thursday, October 6. This will be an opportunity for new members to meet other Leadership Next members over drinks and appetizers at the new Fountain Bistro in Campus Martius.

CEOs: Off the Record

Go ahead - call it a come back! Ever wonder what ever happened to the Leadership Next Off the Record events? We are excited to announce that they'll be back shortly with an improved format! Designed to promote interaction between emerging leaders and regional leaders in candid discussions that address past, present and future regional issues, solutions, shortcomings and opportunities, these events have historically been limited to corporate executive leaders. Well, that is about to change! The new Off the Record series will rotate leaders from each sector: corporate, public and nonprofit.

Coffee with United Way's leadership

A group of Leadership Next members will be invited to a private coffee discussion with United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s leadership to discuss regional issues, strategies and opportunities to make metro Detroit one of the top five places to live and work by 2030. This event will be part of a series of opportunities offered exclusively to members who have donated $500 or more in the past calendar year.

Take a tour

Do you want to learn more about the work of United Way for Southeastern Michigan? Then join us for a Learn United tour! These tours are opportunities for you to see, first-hand, how United Way for Southeastern Michigan is working to is make metro Detroit one of the top five places to live and work by 2030. Tours last about 60 minutes and take place at United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s headquarters overlooking Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, please contact Brittany Guerriero at 313-226-9238 or Brittany.Guerriero@liveunitedsem.org.


Leadership Next Vice Chairman, Joseph Gaglio, makes the business case for volunteerism in Crain’s

Our own Leadership Next Vice Chairman, Joseph Gaglio, spoke recently with Crain’s Detroit Business about the business case for volunteerism. Check out what he had to say here: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20110814/FREE/308149983.

New leadership team members

Three emerging leaders joined the Leadership Next leadership team last month. A big, "Welcome!" to Ms. Kara Tertzag-Lividini, attorney at Ford Motor Company; Mr. Michael Mendez, former Regional Director for Governor Jennifer M. Granholm; and Dr. Syed Mohiuddin, Internal Medicine Resident at DMC.