United Way of Greater St. Louis' Men's Leadership Society

Men’s Leadership Society

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Men’s Leadership Society (MLS) brings together members from across our 16-county region to create a unique community of philanthropists dedicated to making our community a better place for all.


By answering the call to help their neighbors in need, MLS members make a difference every day throughout our region.



Your investment directly improves the lives of thousands of local people. As a Men’s Leadership Society member, you’ll:


Men’s Leadership Society’s generosity ensures that when people need food, shelter, care, counseling or respite, someone is there to help. Members care about the communities they call home, and they want to make a positive impact.


Men’s Leadership Society offers an outlet for leaders from across the region and every industry sector to connect over a shared cause. Membership in the Society demonstrates community leadership and offers opportunities to develop as leaders for change.


We know we’re stronger when we work together. Men’s Leadership Society is impacting people’s lives right here in our own backyard. With United Way, we have the strong partner needed to make a difference on a much larger scale.


Neil Hershey

"United Way lives into the age-old adage, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.' United Way has systems, structures and empathic leaders directing a myriad of support to people in our communities and their families every single day. A gift to the United Way of Greater St. Louis ripples deeply throughout our communities for the better. Far better than how one could direct any single philanthropic gift. Why do I have such faith in the United Way? I know this personally because in a time of my life when I didn’t expect it, my family benefited from the services of a United Way agency."

Your dollars matter


provides a month’s stay for a mother and her children in a domestic violence shelter


provides three nutritious meals delivered to 500 homebound senior citizens


provides job skills and training courses for 50 unemployed people to gain full-time employment

Member Criteria

Open to men who support Men's Leadership Society's mission and make an annual pledge of $1,000 or more to United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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The annual membership commitment for the Men's Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

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2022 Men’s Leadership Society Cabinet



Andrew Davidson, KPMG LLP

Jim Lally, Enterprise Financial Services Corp (Enterprise Bank and Trust)



Cory Boss, Deloitte

Alonzo Byrd, Retiree from Enterprise Holdings

Brent Gleckler, Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Neil Hershey, Edward Jones

David Oeltjen, KPMG LLP

Andre Stevens, Slalom

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Greg Waters, United States Steel Corporation

Past Men’s Leadership Society Chairs

2021: Andrew Davidson & Keith Williamson


2020: Mike Hart


2018-2019: Joe Bergan and Sumit Verma


2016-2018: Arindam Kar and Michael Lawrence


2013-2016: Joe Ambrose and Ray Farris