• Edina Emerging Leaders

  • The Edina Emerging Leaders is a group of young professionals who are employed by member companies of the Edina Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the Edina Emerging Leaders is to create opportunities for young professionals to build relationships, develop a greater understanding of business topics, contribute to the Edina community through volunteerism and participate as active members of the Edina Chamber. Monthly meetings consist of networking, educational and philanthropic events that will engage young professionals in the group. If you're interested in getting involved, email Lauren at lauren@edina.org.

  • December 2018 Event: 
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour at Microsoft Technology Center
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Join us for our December Emerging Leaders event: a tour at the Microsoft Technology Center! Learn more about their newer capabilities and facilities, as well as what they're working on to accelerate innovation. A boxed lunch will be served.

    Register here.

  • Emerging Leaders Coordinator

    Lauren Elrick
    Communications Coordinator
    at Edina Chamber of Commerce

  • Emerging Leaders Chair

    Christopher Connelly
    Financial Advisor
    at Ely Private Wealth


  • Chris began his career in the financial services industry after graduating with dual degrees in finance and economics from the University of St. Thomas. As a financial advisor, Chris strives to be a crusader of informed consent as he believes people have the right to know all their options and make their own decision, with their own free will. He’s in the people business and just happens to use numbers to guide people in achieving their most ambitious endeavors.

    Chris enjoys music, fitness, golfing, hunting, and spending time with his family and friends…preferably at the lake.  If you’re the type of person that believes in the ‘one last cast’ and the relentless pursuit of your idea – he’s always eager to hear a good story!

  • Emerging Leaders Chair

    Rebecca Johnson
    Senior Tax Accountant
    Abdo, Eick & Meyers, LLP (AEM)

  • Rebecca graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Public Accounting and Pre-Veterinary Studies concentration. She began her career in Public Accounting as a tax and audit accountant for a national firm in their manufacturing industry group. After three tax seasons, she joined her current firm Abdo, Eick and Meyers LLP (AEM) as a business tax senior accountant. There she works with privately owned businesses, ranging from small start-ups to multi-state, international companies, and individuals.  At AEM, the approach is to be an advisor for clients and to understand what is happening with their business and personal lives, to provide areas of tax savings and planning opportunities.

    When not working, Rebecca spends a majority of her time caring for racehorses, including taking trips to different racetracks across the country, once Canterbury has ended.  In the summers, she is with the horses at the barn every day, before heading to the office. Some of her favorite pastimes include MN Wild Hockey and anything to do with the fall season (apple picking, pumpkin spice, bonfires).