Who We Are:

The Young Leaders Society is comprised of young professionals with a passion for building community partnerships and outreach.


YLS works to connect young professional with volunteering, networking and fundraising opportunities in the community.

What We Do:

YLS presents a two-pronged focus of outreach among the community. First, engagement in this group allows young professionals to create impact within the community through volunteer projects such as our Day of Doing. Secondly, members of YLS plan, promote and execute a community wide fundraiser, which provides a financial impact to the United Way’s overall community campaign.


YLS Flyer

Meet our Chair, Luke Thompson

Luke currently holds the roll of Project Engineer at Ajax Building Company in Tallahassee, Florida. Luke attended Eastern Florida State College, where he received his Associates of Arts Degree, and Florida State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in finance in 2017.

Luke plays an active role in the Tallahassee community, he is involved in trailblazing the talent hub platform that connects residents seeking employment with local companies seeking new employees.

In his free time Luke enjoys mountain biking, golfing, and spending time with friends.


Meet our Chair Elect, Kandace Rudd

Kandace is an elder law attorney, licensed to practice in Florida. She practices in the areas of Guardianship, Estate Planning and Public Benefits; planning for and responding to issues arising from aging and capacity. Ms. Rudd received a Bachelor of Social Work from Baylor University, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, a Master of Social Work, clinical concentration, from Florida State University College of Social Work, and her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the Florida State University College of Law.

Ms. Rudd has worked, interned, and volunteered with both state and private agencies focused on older adults, persons with disabilities, mental health, and advocacy.

She and her husband, Matt, have two wonderful dogs, Eddie and Toby.

YLS Board

Chair Luke Thompson

Chair Elect Kandace Rudd

Membership Chair Chris Gosselin

Special Events & Fundraising Chair Brielle Crooms

Volunteer Engagement Chair 



YLS Board Positions Overview

YLS Meetings and Events

Young Leaders Society Board meets monthly on the first Wednesday of every month.  Events are held throughout the year.  Please check the main events calendar for meetings and upcoming events and opportunities.



Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Join Young Leaders Society  

Applications to become a board or committee member are due on the last day of May each year. Potential members are encouraged to join us and find out more at any one of our volunteer events (held quarterly).

YLS New Member Application