United Way’s young leaders are tomorrow’s philanthropists and community leaders.

YLU-Logo_2015Open to those 40 and under, Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all. Members are encouraged to volunteer 24 hours annually in the community, enjoy exclusive leadership development, social networking opportunities and hands on ways to make a difference.

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“Young Leaders United enriches me to become a better community leader by engaging with others collaboratively to make positive and real impacts in our community.”

-Melissa Martin, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

Interested in joining?

2016 Professional Development  

Young Leaders United provides exclusive community leadership and professional development opportunities! One way we do this is through our “Lunch With Leaders” series. United Way and corporate chapters of YLU generously host professional development luncheons with leaders from various companies and non-profits in our community. FREE LUNCH provided!


Hanesbrands YLU // Lunch with Leaders

Thursday, Feb 9th

11:30 am – 1 pm

Address: Inmar; 1000 E Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

Parking: Please park in the Building B lot in a visitor space

Speaker: Gerald Evans,  CEO

Lunch will be Provided


Learn more about Gerald:

Gerald Evans was elected chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 after successfully guiding company operations in executive positions since the company’s spin off in 2006. He served as HanesBrands chief operating officer from 2013 until his election as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He was appointed a board director in June 2016.


Under his leadership as COO, Mr. Evans has directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided commercial and supply chain operations through significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with more than 70,000 employees. He has overseen omnichannel expansion and significant brand building for such iconic consumer favorites as Hanes and Champion; integration of more than a half-dozen commercial acquisitions; pioneering product and process innovation; and creation of a distinctive competitive advantage with a low-cost global supply chain balanced between the Western Hemisphere and Asia that produces the significant majority of the company’s products in company-owned manufacturing facilities.


Mr. Evans has led the rapid growth of the company’s international commercial operations, increasing the international contribution to overall net sales from approximately 10 percent to the current run rate of 30 percent, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in both the Innerwear and Activewear business segments.


Through the company’s acquisition strategy, Mr. Evans has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio of leading brands to include Maidenform in the United States and Europe; DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra and Lovable in Europe; and Bonds in Australia. Today, the company holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position for underwear, intimate apparel or hosiery in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia/Pacific.


Mr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry with a proven global track record in marketing, sales and general management positions spanning the Hanes organization and its predecessor companies. Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Mr. Evans was co-chief operating officer of Hanes from 2011 to 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president International, from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Evans joined Hanes in 1983 as a member of the L’eggs marketing organization.


Evans earned a B.S. degree in marketing and an M.B.A. at the University of South Carolina.


To RSVP to this event, please email us at Young.leaders@uwforsyth.org

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National Encourage a Young Writer Day
Apr 10 @ 7:45 am – 6:15 pm
National Encourage a Young Writer Day

Observed each year on April 10th is National Encourage a Young Writer Day. Do you know a young person who has a vivid imagination, maybe someone who likes to tell stories and reads a lot of books? These may be the signs of a great young writer.

National Encourage a Young Writer Day would be a good time to talk to them about their ideas and dreams. Encourage them to pursue their goals and develop their writing skills.

Ways to support a young writer:

Give a journal. A journal provides a place to for daily writing. From short poems to inspired essays, this is a place young writers can feel free to stretch their wings unjudged.

Offer writing prompts. These random bits of inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources but often generate unexpected results. Prompts are available all over the web, as well as in books and apps.

Encourage them to read. The more they read, their experience with writing and writers will expand.

Have young writers try multiple writing styles and different voices. Changing perspective will keep their writing fresh, allowing them an opportunity to find their personal style.

Create a young writers group. It’s a good way see their story from the reader’s point of view and to receive feedback from peers.

Give a young writer some encouragement and use#EncourageAYoungWriterDay to post on social media.