YLS Member Spotlight: Melissa Hamilton

  Melissa Hamilton is a Tax Manager at PwC  and Committee Member of the United Way Young Leaders Society (YLS) Issues and Awareness Committee. Along with the rest of her committee, she is hard at work on the final details for the Jan. 31 “You Are What You Read:  Addressing Early Childhood Education” event. Read on to learn why she joined YLS, what connects her to YLS and why we can’t wait for Superman. Why did you join YLS? I have been connected with volunteer organizations and actively involved in community service since high school. Upon moving to Chicago in 2008, I was looking to continue my service and explore volunteer opportunities. I volunteered for a United Way Day of Caring project with my company and had a great time. Through that project I had the opportunity to learn more about United Way firsthand. I was excited to learn that United Way had a Young Leaders group, which appealed to me because it seemed to provide an avenue for Chicago young professionals to work together in the spirit of volunteerism. Why did you choose your particular committee? I chose to be a member of the Issues and Awareness Committee because I have a natural passion for following issues that are most relevant to the broader community. As a member of this committee, I am able to dig even deeper into such issues and assist with programming that helps to educate others. What YLS event are you most excited about? I am most excited about the upcoming “You Are What You Read:  Addressing Early Childhood Education” event on January 31st. This event is hosted by the Issues and Awareness Committee and is guaranteed to open the eyes of the attendees to the importance of a strong education foundation for Chicago area children. There are so many good not-for-profit agencies. What makes YLS the right option for you? YLS is the right option for me because I am able to work with a broad range of not-for-profit agencies and learn about numerous issues that are facing our community, all while volunteering alongside Chicago’s top young professionals! What would you say to someone interested in joining YLS? YLS is a great organization. If you are looking for a way to help make a positive impact throughout your community – YLS is the right place for you! What was your favorite YLS or United Way event? I really enjoyed the “Waiting for Superman” event. This event really highlighted the intensity of the the charter school selection process and really opened my eyes. Now, some fun questions: Favorite TV show? – Selling New York, The Mentalist Favorite book? – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Best concert you have attended – Beyonce Where did you grow up? – Florissant, Missouri Where did you go to college? – University of Missouri – Columbia (bka “MIZZOU”) What are your biggest hobbies? Volunteering, Shopping, Reading, Sports — specifically Volleyball

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