Young Leaders’ Society

Young Leaders’ Society is for professionals who are passionate about community involvement. Our members bring more than energy and professional stature: they are leaders with a vision for their future and our community.

Full of enthusiasm and energy, they know that collectively they can drive great community change. Young Leaders’ Society fosters the participation, commitment and growth of philanthropic-focused professionals in furthering the mission of United Way Suncoast with a special focus on adult financial stability issues.

Come together with like-minded individuals to make a positive impact through volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy while developing community leadership skills.

Young Leaders’ Society offers opportunities to:

Attend exclusive professional networking and professional development events with business and community leaders.

Volunteer on community projects and activities supporting United Way Suncoast programs and partners, while learning about key issues impacting our community.

Attend exclusive Young Leaders’ Society social events, and increase your personal and professional contacts.

YLS 2022 Leadership

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Matt Walker

Matt Walker, Chair

Matt joined Thomas Howell Ferguson in January 2013 and has over eight years of public accounting experience, providing assurance and accounting services. Matt serves as Director of Assurance Services which includes assuming the responsibility of planning, completing and supervising several ongoing engagements. These engagements include clients in the insurance, not-for-profit, and commercial industries. 
Matt has served in a variety of volunteer roles with United Way Suncoast including as a Loaned Executive, Employee Campaign Coordinator and currently, in addition to his role as Chair of Young Leaders’, he serves on the United Way Suncoast Board of Directors. 
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Laura Schmidt

Laura Schmidt, Vice Chair

Laura is a highly motivated business professional with over 10 years of experience providing assurance services to public and private companies of all sizes in the Tampa Bay area. As a senior manager at EY, she is project driven and has experience leading teams and working with clients through various transactions and technical accounting areas. In addition to her client serving responsibilities, Laura currently serves in various leadership roles with the firm, including serving on both the Global and America’s level Assurance Advisory Boards.
Laura is an active United Way Suncoast volunteer with a passion around financial stability and youth success. She serves on the United Way Young Leaders’ Society Steering Committee and has served as the OnBoard subcommittee co-chair for the last 3 years.

How We Can Help You Grow

YLS is a leadership society of donors who invest $365 or more annually in United Way Suncoast to fund education and financial stability initiatives to ensure every person in our community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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