Men’s Leadership Society

The 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. 


The 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 want to make a positive impact. 


MLS 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 provides opportunities to develop as leaders for change.


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

Your Dollars at Work


provides a month’s supply of diapers for 75 toddlers


provides a two-week hotel stay for a domestic violence victim needing immediate shelter


supplies five homebound seniors hot meals for six months

Ready to Join?

A gift of $1,000 or greater gives you access to join one or more Leadership Giving Societies and helps people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

Step Up to the Next Level

Are you seeking to take the next step in your charitable giving journey? There are several ways to incrementally increase your giving level over a few years while immediately unlocking benefits through our Leadership Giving and de Tocqueville Societies.

We would be delighted to assist you in achieving your philanthropic objectives through our Step Up Programs. To learn more, please contact Meghan Freeman, Director of Leadership Giving, at or (314) 539-4035.

2023 Men’s Leadership Society Cabinet

Jim Lally, Enterprise Financial Services Corp (Enterprise Bank and Trust), 2023 Chair 

Tim Besmer, Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. (RGA)

Alonzo Byrd, Retiree from Enterprise Holdings 

Andrew Davidson, KPMG LLP, 2022 Co-Chair 

Brent Gleckler, Nestle Purina PetCare Company 

Patrick Hardin, Mississippi Lime Company 

Frank Hamsher, Skyline Public Strategies LLC 

Neil Hershey, Edward Jones 

Jared Hux, Novus International, Inc. 

Scott Kalna, Caleres

David Oeltjen, KPMG LLP 

Matt Padberg, Cardinal Investments, Inc.

Christopher Quallen, Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. (RGA)

Andre Stevens, Slalom 

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital 

Greg Waters, Graham Packaging, Inc. 

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Past Men’s Leadership Society Chairs

2022: Andrew Davidson & Jim Lally 

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