Current and former United Way of Central Alabama Loaned Executives (LEs) recently met to mix, mingle and talk about their LE experiences, with alumni offering encouragement and motivation to the current class.
United Way relies on corporate and nonprofit partners to sponsor a local professional — or loan an employee — to help coordinate workplace campaigns. Loaned Executives utilize their expertise and energy to enhance United Way’s fundraising efforts, reach new markets and broaden the base of community support. In return, the LEs learn comprehensive sales, management and presentation skills. Also, the experience strengthens their knowledge of community issues, organizations and events.
Porsha Williams of Alabama Power and a member of the 2014 LE Class shared her insights on the program. She said Birmingham has one of the most supported and well represented United Ways in the nation. “Each of us has a great opportunity to make a difference where we are,” she said. Williams’ experience as an LE led to her involvement as a volunteer member of United Way’s Visiting Allocations Team as well as the Marketing & Communications Committee.
For more than 40 years, United Way’s Loaned Executive program has provided a unique career- development opportunity — preparing high-potential employees for broader roles in their respective companies, and enabling participants to play a significant part in building better communities in Central Alabama.