About Emerging Leaders Chicago

Since 2011, Emerging Leaders Chicago (EL Chicago) has been bringing together the next generation of leaders in Chicagoland. Whether you are embarking on your professional journey, beginning to accelerate your career, or aspiring to grow your business as an entrepreneur, this is your forum to collaborate, grow and network with like-minded leaders in Chicago.

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Serve as the primary resource for Emerging Leaders by building relationships, cultivating talent, and creating an inclusive community for the next generation of leaders.


To empower and engage emerging talent in the Chicagoland region by providing professional development, networking, and community outreach opportunities to Emerging Leaders ages 22-40.

Meet Chicago’s Emerging Leaders

Member Spotlights


We have multiple opportunities for any member organization to sponsor. Sponsorship range depends on your goal in reaching this audience. From leadership development to networking events, you have the ability to reach young professionals throughout the Chicagoland region. For more information, please contact Marianne Floriano

Get Involved!

Visit our Events page to see upcoming Emerging Leader events

Join the Emerging Leaders Chicago movement!

If you would like to learn more about EL Chicago, please fill out the brief form below and a member of the Chamber team will contact you with more information.

Emerging Leaders Chicago Executives

Co-Chair: Joe Clifford, Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Co-Chair: Lisa Kpor, Attorney, Holland & Knight
Advisory Board: Jenna Leinwohl, Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society
Advisory Board: Ashley Boho, Account Supervisor, IN Connected Marketing
Advisory Board: Jeffrey Burgess, Financial Services Representative, Mass Mutual Chicago
Advisory Board: Allie Keller, Director of Operations, Improve It!
Advisory Board: Christina Warner, Associate Marketing Manager, Walgreen Co.
Advisory Board: Jeremy Kanne, Owner, Smart Yeti Creative Agency
Advisory Board: Andrew Dodge, Vice President, Enterprise Business Development, Quantum
Advisory Board: Ashley Zak, Vice President Business Development, Chief of Staff, Edelman
Advisory Board: Sophie Evanoff, President, Vanille
Advisory Board: Michael Nordman, Community Affairs Manager - National LGBT & Chicago-area Community, MillerCoors
Advisory Board: Anna Guzman, Human Resources Manager, GE
Advisory Board: Corey Hecht, Financial Advisor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Advisory Board: Kelly Bradley, Senior Account Supervisor, MARC USA