United Way’s Men’s Leadership Society was founded in 2013. In its first year, the Society raised over $20.6 million. Men from across our 16-county region make annual gifts of $1,000 or more in an effort to help people in our community live their best possible lives.

The Society offers a unique way to value these contributions while familiarizing individuals with other key leaders in the region, preparing them for their role in serving our community.

A message from Joe Ambrose and Ray Farris, 2014 Society Co-Chairs

It is our honor and privilege to serve as the founders and co-chairs of this generous, passionate and prestigious group of men.

Committing to start a new project is the hardest part of the process. However, with the support and leadership of the fine men that make up the St. Louis community, it was not only possible, it was easy— all we had to do was ask.  At the end of our first campaign, 5,500 men have joined our cause, raising more than $21.2 million to help people throughout our community live their best possible lives.

Thank you for giving so liberally of your time, talents and gifts.

Joe Ambrose and Ray Farris
2014 Men’s Leadership Society Co-Chairs

Benefits of Joining the Men’s Leadership Society:

  1. Networking: Donors are included in a network of prominent individuals, and the Society presents an opportunity to plug in with like-minded leaders.
  2. Events: Donors are invited to a kickoff event, service projects and other exclusive networking events.
  3. Giving Back: Many Men’s Leadership Society donors find great satisfaction in giving back to the community. Many say they are grateful to be able to give back in such a meaningful way.
  4. Exposure to Key Leaders:  Members have the opportunity to interact with key business, civic, political and religious leaders at exclusive events.
  5. Recognition:  Recognition is given in publications where appropriate.

How do I join the Men’s Leadership Society?

Membership to United Way’s Men’s Leadership Society begins with an annual pledge of $1,000 or more. Pledging your gift can be done easily, and payment options vary from a single payment to monthly or quarterly installments. Final payments are due by December of the following year. For instance, a pledge made in 2014 is payable through December 2015.

For more information about the Men’s Leadership Society, please contact Ashley Edwards at ashley.edwards@stl.unitedway.org or 314-539-4104.

Men’s Leadership Society Cabinet
Joe Ambrose

Joseph Ambrose
2014 Co-Chair and Founder
First Bank
Ray Farris, publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ray Farris
2014 Co-Chair and Founder
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 Dr. Kelvin Adams, St. Louis Public Schools
Jason Arnold, Vin de Set/Moulin Events
Joe Bergan, Edward Jones
Cory Boss, Deloitte
Jason Bowman, St. Louis Blues
Savoy Brummer, Memorial Hospital
Ron Buerges, Allsup, Inc.
Jim Buford
Dr. Dale Chapman, Lewis & Clark Community College
Dan Conner, Morgan Stanley
David Cook, Food & Commercial Workers United
Jason Dickerman, Wells Fargo
Ron Fromm, Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
Johnny Furr
Ken Graesser, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Ronald S. Green, Boy Scouts of America
Ed Hennessy, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Bill Howard, MiTek USA, Inc.
Steve Hoven, SSM Health Care
Arindam Kar, Bryan Cave LLP
Todd Korte, The Korte Company
Michael Lawrence, Merrill Lynch
Peter Lazaroff, Acropolis Investment Management LLC
Alfredo Legoretta, Maritz, Inc.
Johnny Little, Jr., E’Little Media Group
Joshua Miller, Merrill Lynch
Michael Mosbacher, 8760 Engineering
Darryl Munden, Rx Outreach, Inc.
Hugh O’Neill, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Jason Purnell, Washington University in St. Louis
Ted Ruzicka, Ruzicka Group Services
Matt Schumacher, Monsanto Company
John Sondag, AT&T Missouri
Bob Soutier, Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Chuck Stewart, Metro
Frank Thurman, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
James Villeneueve, Anheuser-Busch