Professional Development    •    Community Advocacy

About Us

The Emerging Leaders began in early 2019 when the Burke County Chamber of Commerce and the Burke County United Way came together to create a steering committee. Both saw a need for the development and support of the young professionals in our county, and more opportunities for them to connect, network and give back to their community.

The mission of the Emerging Leaders program is to create opportunities for enriching professional development, networking and community engagement to young leaders in Burke County. 

Through networking events, volunteering opportunities and leadership training, our members leverage the powers of other Burke Emerging Leaders to connect, serve, and grow both professionally and personally. Burke County Emerging Leaders is completely open to all young professionals aged 21-40. There are currently no yearly membership fees.




More upcoming events coming soon!


Past Events

Emerging Leaders Leadership Forum

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM until 7 PM
Location: WPCC, Moore Hall in Leviton Auditorium
Admission: No cost


Emerging Leaders Underground Dinner

Date: Friday, June 24, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM until 9 PM
Location: It’s a secret! Attendees will receive a ticket via email the morning of the event that will contain the secret location of this Underground Dinner!
Admission: $25 per person or $40 per couple
The money raised from this event will go toward the Emerging Leaders end of year service project to provide Christmas for underprivileged children in the community.


Emerging Leaders Breakfast Social

Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Time: 7:30 AM until 9:30 AM
Location: Little Guatemala (810 E Union St, Morganton, NC)
Admission: No cost.
Event info:
Join us for a stop-in Breakfast Social at Little Guatemala before you head into work on Tuesday, August 2nd between 7:30-9:30 am!
Enjoy Guatemalan coffee, pastries, networking, and learn more about how Little Guatemala is modelling service in the community as a small business.
This is a free event for all young professionals (aged 21-40)!
Coffee & Pastries sponsored by King Street Apartments.


CoMMA Feedback Session – For Young Professionals

Date: Thursday, August 18, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Craft’d NC (108 W Union St., Morganton, NC)
Admission: No cost.
Event info: Learn about and help shape the future of entertainment & arts at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA)!
Open to Young Professionals in Burke County (age 21-40). Get one free drink and enjoy a short presentation by CoMMA & followed by time for questions and feedback.

Volunteer “Speed Dating” – Find your Nonprofit Match

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: First Presbyterian Church (100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC)
Admission: No cost. More info here!
Event info:
Find your volunteer opportunity match!! Join the Emerging Leaders and local nonprofit organizations for a speed-dating style learning event! Learn more about which nonprofits are a good match for you, how you can volunteer, and serve in your community!
Stay for networking and refreshments!


More upcoming events coming soon!

Since the pandemic began, the Emerging Leaders Steering Committee has been cautious about holding public events. As we enter into 2022, we plan to begin hosting local events once again that allow young professionals to network, grow professionally and give back to their community through service or philanthropy. Past philanthropy opportunities have included collecting items for a different local charity organization at each event, and “adopting” a family for Christmas. To stay on top of upcoming events and other updates, visit the Emerging Leaders Facebook Page.

For more information on joining the Burke County Emerging Leaders, fill out the contact form here!

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