The Emerging Leaders Network (for Young Professionals)

The AMBA Emerging Leaders Network is a group that brings together innovative, creative and dedicated young professionals from across all AMBA member companies. These up-and-coming young professionals come from all over the country and all areas of business.

All Emerging Leaders events and learning and growth opportunities are held exclusively for the young professionals in the mold building industry. Future events will focus on networking, leadership skills, benchmarking and creating important, lasting connections in the AMBA association. 

Upcoming Events

Summer Series: Emerging Leaders Virtual Ignition Workshop Sessions

The AMBA Emerging Leaders Network, alongside the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) and the Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) young professional groups, is launching a new workshop series: Virtual Ignition - Lighting Your Path to Leadership. 

During these monthly workshops (which will be held on the third Thursday of every month), the associations will host a series of speakers, facilitators and exchanges where young professionals and those new to the industry will explore how to lead through an environment of change and uncertainty. These sessions will illuminate new opportunities for leadership growth, empowering attendees to embrace new opportunities along their own path and strengthening their ability to light the way for others. 

Workshop sessions will be held on the third Thursday of every month. All workshops will include live takeaway discussions during or after each presentation. To see upcoming events, please visit the AMBA Events Calendar.

September 10, 2020: Emerging Leaders Plant Tour Workshop - Strohwig Industries and Plastics Components

Join other AMBA and MAPP (Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors) young professionals at this exclusive, under-40 event, where attendees will have the opportunity to tour both Strohwig Industries (AMBA member) and Plastics Components (MAPP member). Registration details to be announced in late July 2020. 

Please see the AMBA events calendar for the full list of 2020 Emerging Leaders events, further event details and registration.

Learning and Growth Opportunities

Join the Emerging Leaders Cohort Program, which features small, tightly-knit groups of young professionals within the industry who support one another along their leadership journey. Through regular meetings, interactive and introspective discussion and the sharing of experiences and challenges, participants are able to take the next steps in their career alongside industry peers.

Now accepting applications through June 12, 2020. Details available here.

Stay in-the-know when you become an AMBA Emerging Leader!

Members of AMBA's Emerging Leaders Network:

  • Participate in networking, leadership and development opportunities
  • Have the opportunity to sit on a committee
  • Gain access to industry mentors
  • Experience an exclusive pre-conference session at the annual AMBA conference and additional plant tour opportunities
  • Network with and grow alongside other like-minded young professionals

Submit interest in the Network here


The AMBA's Emerging Leaders Network will be led by an executive committee, comprised of young professionals in the mold building industry. Executive committee meetings are held quarterly at either in-person events or virtual conference calls. Committees will be formed on an as-needed basis and may contain an unlimited number of members. Interested in joining the Emerging Leaders board? Let us know when you fill out your join application or email your interest to Rachael Pfenninger at


Membership is open to any young professional from a current AMBA member company under the age of 40 that is interested in AMBA's mission of uniting individuals and companies, understanding and sharing best practices, networking and building relationships and furthering the plastics industry. Applicants must belong to an AMBA member company.

Stay in-the-know on upcoming events and opportunities by completing the online interest form below.

Complete Form Here

If you have additional questions, reach out to Rachael Pfenninger at