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




Young Leaders United harnesses the energy of young professionals who want to impact lives and create a better community for all.

United Way’s Young Leaders United is an international network of young professionals who share a passion for advancing community solutions, in their own backyard and around the world. Through unique networking events, hands-on volunteering opportunities and innovative leadership trainings, members leverage the power of United Way Forsyth County to connect, serve and grow—both personally and professionally.

As a Young Leaders United member, you might mentor students at a nearby high school, join your city’s basketball team to teach kids about health and fitness or have lunch with some of the most influential business leaders in your area. Members expand their social and professional networks and enhance their skill sets by networking with others in their field and by helping plan United Way-sponsored volunteering and fundraising events.

The Young Leaders Society is built for young leaders, by young leaders. Your voice and actions help drive what we do and how we accomplish it. Here are just a few ways that today’s young professionals LIVE UNITED.

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.




I initially joined YLU as a way to network and get to know other young professionals in the area with the added opportunity to give back to the community. After being involved for several years, I have realized that working with YLU to improve our community is the what drives my commitment, enthusiasm and desire to be engaged with such an amazing group of people. “

-Jennifer Heaton, Forsyth County Chair, Young Leaders United

Follow us on Facebook

Interested in joining?

2018 Professional Development  






Lunch with Leaders

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!


When: March 28th, 2018 11:30am-1:00pm

Where: BB&T 200 West Second Street, Winston-Salem

Who: Dontá Wilson

United Way of Forsyth County’s Young Leaders United invites you to attend March’s Lunch with Leaders featuring Donta Wilson, BB&T’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Client Experience Officer.

Dontá Wilson serves as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Client Experience Officer for BB&T. He began working at BB&T’s Bank Operations department in October 1995 while he was in college and now has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Wilson has served as a financial center manager, business banker and retail city executive in Charlotte, N.C.; regional business banking manager for the Battlefield Northern Virginia Region; area executive for Prince William County, Va.; and was appointed regional president for the Battlefield Northern Virginia Region in 2005. He was named Alabama group/state president in 2009, became group/state president of the Atlanta-based Northern Georgia Region in 2014 and assumed his current role as chief client experience officer and joined BB&T’s Executive Management team in August 2016. In this role, he leads the Enterprise Marketing, Sales and Client Experience Group. He is also responsible for leading website strategy, digital sales, virtual banking and the client care call centers.

Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md. He is also a T.E.P. graduate of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. He is the founder and a board member of I Am My Brother’s Keeper inner city mentor program. Wilson is also a member of World 50/Marketing 50, the Young Presidents’ Organization; Executive Leadership Council; Sigma Pi Phi (Boule); and Kappa Alpha Psi Inc.

Wilson previously served as a board member for Ron Clark Academy; Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl; Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Atlanta Metro Chamber; YMCA of Metro Atlanta; Buckhead Coalition; Atlanta Rotary;100 Black Men in Atlanta; Baptist Health System; Birmingham Business Alliance; Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business, University of Alabama; Smith School of Business, University of Maryland; the Business Council of Alabama (state chamber); the Woodlawn Foundation; Birmingham Downtown Rotary Club; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, United Way of Central Alabama; Birmingham Education Foundation; and the Alabama Banker’s Association.

To RSVP, email us: young.leaders@uwforsyth.org



Looking To Volunteer? 

YLU with be partnering with Samaritan Ministries for a drop in community volunteer fair on November 7th from 7:30-8:30 am. Please join us to learn about how YLU members can get involved in helping with Samaritan Ministries’ mission to provide food, shelter and hope to those experiencing homelessness. For more information about Samaritan Ministries, visit their website: www.samaritanforsyth.org/


March Volunteer Event:
Where: H.O.P.E, Help Our People Eat
When: March 25th
Who: To volunteer, email jgheaton@bbt.com

March Lunch with Leaders ft. Donta Wilson
Where: BB&T
When: March 28th
Who: For more information, email young.leaders@uwforsyth.org

April Lunch with Leaders
Where: Hanesbrands
When: April
Who: For more information, email young.leaders@uwforsyth.org

YLU Trivia Night
Where: Fiddlin Fish Brewery
When: April 19th
Who: For more information, email young.leaders@uwforsyth.org

April Volunteer Event
Where: Veterans Helping Veterans
When: April
Who: For more information, email young.leaders@uwforsyth.org