Young professionals have been key in developing the community we call home – sharing their voices and collaborating on philanthropic, volunteer and leadership initiatives.


It’s an exciting time and opportunity for young professionals to be involved with community groups like United Way’s Young Leaders, where they’ll get a chance to meet like-minded professionals, develop new skills and find meaning and value in helping our neighbors in need.


Young Leaders is a group of passionate young professionals who share a dedication for advancing community solutions. They advocate for the health and well-being of our community’s children and families and create innovative engagement and educational opportunities in the areas of health care, mental health, nutrition and fitness.


Throughout the year, members also take part in professional development through unique networking events, innovative leadership training and hands-on volunteer opportunities that bring a sense of responsibility and empowerment through working within the community.


On Feb. 6, Young Leaders is hosting our inaugural Young Leaders Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The event, presented by TIAA, will honor young professionals in the greater Charlotte region who are making a difference in the community through civil service, neighborhood work, nonprofit groups, professional groups and more.


Ahead of the event, we asked members of the Young Leaders Leadership Team to share some of their favorite words of wisdom that bring daily inspiration:



The best career advice I’ve ever received is…



“Never get bored with what you are doing. Once you have reached a high level of understanding and comfort, seek new ways to better yourself and advance your career.”

-Ryan Beckner





“Focus on the things you can control. Follow up, follow through, and be on time.”

-Kate Hillier






“Be patient, stay consistent, welcome critiques and criticism along the way – while being BOLD with every move and paying it forward in every way.”

-Sam Smith Jr.





“Master your current role if you want more responsibility and great opportunities, at least annually examine your mental anchors and remove them and walk into every room thinking, ‘What can I do for you?’”

-Alexandria Carpenter





Get your tickets now for a night of mixing and mingling with fellow young professionals at our Young Leaders Awards. Tickets include a drink voucher and hors d’oeuvres.