Emerging Leaders Chicago engages and develops the next generation of Chicagoland business leaders. For young professionals, it builds relationships, cultivates skills and talent, and creates an inclusive community of future leaders. For businesses, it’s a client development, and an employee retention and growth tool.

Our Mission

Emerging Leaders’ mission takes root in our three core pillars:

The Council

Emerging Leaders is member-led and the Council serves as a small group of leaders that support the EL co-chairs in developing content and events for the group. 

The Council:

  • Serves as ambassadors to EL membership by making introductions, inviting new members to get involved, and providing feedback to leadership
  • Is personable, engaged and deeply involved with the success of the organization
  • Has opportunities to engage with high-level business leaders and receives invitations to connect with the Chamber Board of Directors


All our events are structured to be opportunities for members to assume a leadership role and sharpen business development skills. These events promise to be as diverse and engaging as the members that lead them.
  • Our Seat at the Table | Small group dinners centered on a discussion topic prepared by a member.
  • Fireside Chats | Members lead intimate conversations with prominent business leaders.

Get Involved!

Visit our Events page to see upcoming Emerging Leader events.

Join the Emerging Leaders Chicago!

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: Jeffrey Burgess, Financial Services Representative, Westpoint Financial Group
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: Allie Keller, Director of Operations, Improve It!
Advisory Board: Christina Warner, Associate Marketing Manager, Walgreen Co.
Advisory Board: Claribel Quintana, Employer Relations Manager, National Louis University
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, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Advisory Board: Corey Hecht, Financial Advisor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Advisory Board: Kelly Bradley, Senior Account Supervisor, MARC USA