08-16-2018 · Young Professional Leaders


“We live and work in a city with a heartbeat. A place where companies that do well also do good. Our streets tell the stories of how leaders in business, government, nonprofits and the media have uniquely intersected in Atlanta.

Just blocks from United Way of Greater Atlanta’s headquarters is a boulevard named after Pulitzer Prize-winning Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill. Heading west towards the Center for Civil and Human Rights, that boulevard turns into Ivan Allen—former Atlanta businessman and mayor. Continuing into Atlanta’s historic Westside, this main artery in the heart of our capital city takes on the name of Joseph E. Boone, a Civil Rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

These are the legacies that play out throughout the neighborhoods of our 13-county metro area.

If you’ve read this far, chances are you share the same fondness for our region as the leaders who have come before you, and I want to invite you to find your own place in the United Way of getting things done. Since 1905, UWGA has been convening leaders to tackle complex community issues and drive sustainable improvements in the well-being of children, families and individuals.

The challenges are undeniable:

  • By 2040, the metro region is expected to add 1.59 million people
  • We have one of the highest rates of income inequality and rank far too high in the suburbanization of poverty.
  • Our children born at the lowest income level have just a 5% chance of rising to the highest income level in their lifetime which is one of the lowest rates of economic mobility in the country.

It’s our time to lead.

As the 2018-2019 chair of UWGA’s Young Professional Leaders, I can tell you our Advisory Board is devoted to engaging the next generation of leaders by cultivating a spirit of philanthropy, community advocacy, and volunteerism. We want to connect you with your community through volunteer service, grow your leadership capacity through professional development opportunities, and leverage your skills to create positive change.

Our Advisory Board is preparing to convene and plan an incredible year for YPL. Great things are in the works beginning this fall and culminating at another incomparable Night for a Brighter Tomorrow gala on May 3, 2019.

I hope you will join us.”
– Jennifer Grove