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Greetings from Roseann Stichnoth, WLC Co-Chair

Welcome to the November/December issue of our WLC-Suite. I hope your Thanksgiving holidays were wonderful—filled with ample family and friends. As we look toward the New Year, I’m brimming with gratitude for the incredible 2015 we had. And I’m eager to build an even more historic year together—our philanthropic network is thriving, and our shared commitment to improving the lives of families in our City’s most-challenged communities is unwavering. Thank you for your continued leadership. Happy holidays, and I can’t wait to see you in 2016!


Roseann Stichnoth
WLC Co-Chair

Spotlight on Marla Barr


Marla Barr, a Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) Luncheon Host Committee member, is Director of Global Community Relations and Services for Brown Brothers Harriman. Barr oversees Philanthropy and Internal Communications for the firm, which has sponsored United Way giving and volunteer programs for its employees for over 40 years. Barr admires the everyday great work and far-reaching impact of United Way of New York City (UWNYC). True to the WLC’s focus, she’s especially passionate about education and strongly believes it’s the key to enabling a child’s success. The WLC's focus on raising readers is critical to an individual's path to long-term growth and their ability to take advantage of everything the world has to offer. Hook a child on reading, and you will raise a lifetime learner!" said Barr.

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Captivating and Inspiring: UWNYC Kicks Off Impact Series

"There’s so much we can do together,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at UWNYC’s first-ever Impact Series event in late October. During compelling conversation and Q&A, Sheena Wright, President and CEO, UWNYC, and Sen. Gillibrand captivated a room filled with cross-sector partners, UWNYC Board members, and staff, as they discussed minimum wage, paid leave, affordable daycare, gender equality, gun control, youth opportunities and health, and the 2016 election. View photos.

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We majestically kicked off the 10th anniversary of our Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon on October 29th. Underneath the Empire State Building’s iconic lights, our second annual Soiree Under the Stars set the stage for what will surely be a historic Luncheon event. See photos.



Last year, our annual Luncheon sold out! So we’d hate for you to miss 2016’s unparalleled 10th Anniversary affair. Mark your calendars now for Wednesday, March 9, 2016 to applaud a monumental year, network with community-driven women, and build our WLC legacy. From cross-sector influencers to emerging leaders, Cipriani 42nd Street will be bustling with the power of women as we charge toward our $1 million fundraising goal. Join us.



Celebrating our 10th Anniversary with us will be four outstanding honorees, who are exceptional leaders and philanthropic trailblazers:

  • Monique L. Nelson (Chairman & CEO, UniWorld Group Inc.): Nelson, our Woman of Distinction Award recipient, is an influencer in the advertising industry at a long-standing multicultural agency and passionate about community. Read more.

  • Martine Reardon (Chief Marketing Officer, Macy’s, Inc.): Reardon, our Corporate Citizenship Award recipient, represents the best of United Way’s time-honored partnership with Macy’s and their unwavering commitment to philanthropy. She’s also a dedicated board member at the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Read more.

  • Laurie M. Tisch (President, The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund): Tisch, our Philanthropist Award recipient, is a philanthropic innovator and visionary, whose work is transforming NYC. Read more.

  • Jennifer Warren (Managing Director & Head, U.S. Region, CIBC): Warren, our Corporate Leadership Award recipient, is a testament to professional achievement and commitment to making a difference in the world. She’s also a longtime investor in United Way’s work. Read more.


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ReadNYC Roundup

  • Last Thursday, WLC volunteers are teamed up with Colgate's Bright Smiles, Bright Futures dental van to provide free dental screenings for ReadNYC students. Together, they’re screening pearly whites to fend off oral health problems, helping our ReadNYC kids maintain squeaky-clean school attendance! This year, ReadNYC has screened over 1,000 students (Kindergarten–8th grade).

  • In late October, 160 UWNYC and NFL volunteers, including the Commissioner himself, suited up, hit the field fired up, and came into our annual Hometown Huddle day of service ready to drive for a win. From painting vibrant murals, to constructing a community garden, to getting kids out to play, we equipped over 600 students at P.S. 30, one of our ReadNYC schools in the Bronx, with the tools and inspiration they need to lead active, healthier lives. Want an instant replay? Check out our highlight reel and press release!

  • Our annual corporate-partner Holiday Gift Drive wraps up tomorrow. The Drive will benefit 620 students (Kindergarten–2nd grade) at our six ReadNYC schools in the South Bronx. From toys, to winter clothing, to reading packs, the Drive will surely spark warm smiles on the faces of our ReadNYC families this holiday season.

  • The ReadNYC team is also busy, busy, busy positively developing the initiative’s leadership. In November, the team led a Peer Learning Community session for the attendance teams at our six partner schools. Made up of staff, parents, and community-partner reps, attendance teams are tasked with strengthening attendance rates. At the session, the teams learned how to run attendance data reports, strengthen and build strategies to create a culture of attendance, and develop a Parent Attendance Survey.

  • ReadNYC is also growing their position as thought leaders on grade-level reading. In late October, Nicole Gallant, SVP & Chief Impact Officer, UWNYC, presented our ReadNYC initiative-work to a national audience as part of the United Way Impact Exchange.

Reading Nook



Julie Brazitis, WLC member and UWNYC’s Young Leaders Council Chair, recommends No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Kearns Goodwin is one of her favorite authors, as she is a historian who writes non-fiction that reads like fiction. No Ordinary Time is the true story of FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship and leadership during one of the most pivotal periods in American (and global) history. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for History and is one of her favorite books of all time.

To recommend your favorite read, email Erin Hill at ehill@uwnyc.org.

Give Back While You Holiday Shop

Click-ity click sounds our mouse, as we peruse holiday gifts online. If you’re completing your holiday shopping with Amazon this season, we kindly ask that you consider shopping via Amazon Smile and select UWNYC as your charity of choice. For every Amazon Smile purchase you make, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price. Happy shopping and thank you!


WLC Power of Women to Make a Difference Annual Award Luncheon: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 | Cipriani 42nd Street
Mark your calendars now for the don’t-miss 10th Anniversary of our signature WLC Luncheon.


Save the Date for The Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon

WLC Connects: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | Location TBD
Enjoy an evening of networking, conversation, and cocktail hour with Deborah Gillis (President & CEO, Catalyst), UWNYC Board Member Karyn Twaronite (Partner, Ernst & Young Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer), 2015 WLC Corporate Leadership Award Recipient Hayley Boesky (Vice Chairman of Global Markets, Bank of America). With Sheena Wright as moderator, our three panelists will look at trends across new generations of business.

For more information about the WLC, to become a member or to recommend a new member, please visit us online or contact Erin Hill, Director of Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, at ehill@uwnyc.org.

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