Loaned Executive Leadership Program

Join the Loaned Executive Leadership Program
Download the 2017-18 Application

What is the Loaned Executive Leadership Program? 
Loaned Executives (LEs) are on the front line of community change in Escambia County. LEs serve as leaders by advocating and supporting United Way's Workplace Campaign, which raises over $2 million annually to support local nonprofit programs. LEs manage a small portfolio of assigned organizations with established relationships and assist organizations with planning, implementing, and running a successful campaign. In return, United Way provides a unique management program that develops skills in addition to a deeper understanding of our local community's needs and resources. This program is designed to help LEs build their professional network and develop leadership qualities, sales techniques, and public speaking skills.

What do Loaned Executives do?
Loaned Executives are expected to participate in the Community Investment Process, support the Workplace Campaign and attend monthly leadership seminars.

Community Investment Committee -- February-May (approx. 10 hours per month)
The Community Investment Committee reviews grant requests from local nonprofits seeking funds generated by the Workplace Campaign. It is vital for 
LEs to understand how campaign dollars are being invested before asking the community to support the Workplace Campaign.

LE Orientation  -- July 12 (mandatory)  

Workplace Campaign -- July-December (approximately 5 hours per month)
LEs support the planning, organization, implementation and successful completion of fundraising activities within their assigned local workplaces.

Leadership Seminars -- July-December (2nd Wednesday of month; 8 am-12 pm)
LEs participate in monthly seminars with focused training which helps build their professional network, enhance their leadership qualities and hone their public speaking skills. Seminars feature key community leaders who share their experience and understanding of community issues.

Benefits of the LE Program

The Loaned Executive Gains

  • An expanded network of business contacts
  • Leadership, managerial and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of community needs and the nonprofit network that addresses these needs

The Sponsoring Company Gains

  • A more skilled and knowledgeable employee
  • Positive brand recognition as a community partner supporting our community
  • Employee exposure to a unique network of hundreds of workplaces and community leaders

The Community Gains

  • Increased funding to support nonprofit work with reduced overhead costs
  • Well-informed community leaders
  • A stronger network of community-focused individuals

What People are Saying About Their LE Experience
"The personal gratification you get from serving the community and becoming more in tune with community needs makes the time you give up well worth it. The Loaned Executive Leadership program sends the message that although faces may change, LE's will always be there to support our community's needs." 
-Sara Harlow, Gulf Power, 2015-2016 LE

"Being a Loaned Executive for United Way has really opened my eyes to our area's nonprofits and how they are positively impacting so many people within our community.  The program has allowed me the opportunity to learn more about these organizations and become more involved with them.  What United Way's team does to bring this community together is incredible. I am very fortunate and thankful to be a part of such an amazing group of people who truly make a difference."
-Maegan Leonard, Greater Pensacola Chamber, 2015-2016 LE

"The Loaned Executive program is an eye-opening experience that benefits all involved; United Way, our community and those determined to make a difference. I am thankful for my opportunity to serve as a Loaned Executive and the professional development that I gained through this wonderful program. The United Way of Escambia County fulfills an extraordinary need in our community." 
-Wes Hudgens, Gulf Power, 2014-2015 LE and current United Way Board Member

Thank you 2016-2017 Loaned Executives
Karen Barbee -- Council on Aging of West Florida
Detriz Bowers -- Escambia Boys Base
Megan Chapman -- Gulf Coast Kid's House
Karen Columbus -- Gulf Power Company
Viki Estepa -- Publix Supermarket #1296
Jason Flory -- Gulf Power Company
Kay Hill – Gulf Power Company
Leslie Hunter-Huff -- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
Sonja Johnson -- Gulf Power Company
Katie Kingsman -- Edward Jones
James Lay -- Gulf Power Company
Kristi Mitchell -- Gulf Power Company
Rebecca Stauffacher -- Greater Pensacola Chamber
Holly Stratton -- Early Learning Coalition
Briana Wigley -- West Florida Healthcare

Thank you to our presenting sponsors for their generous support of the Loaned Executive Leadership Program:

with support from: