As the new Women’s Leadership Council Co-Chair, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to our latest WLC-Suite. As leaves turn stunning shades of red, orange and yellow, we turn our attention eagerly toward the 10th anniversary of the Power of Women to Make a Difference Annual Award Luncheon. Kicking off this momentous year, we look forward to celebrating our extraordinary honorees with you at our second annual WLC Luncheon kickoff event, Soiree Under the Stars, on Thursday, October 29 at Macy’s. We hope to see you there!


Elizabeth Wahab
WLC Co-Chair


We have an antidote for the “Monday Blues." Kick off your morning with hot coffee and engaging conversation with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Senator will share her thoughts on challenges that face our families, communities, state, and nation at United Way of New York City’s first Impact Series event on Monday, October 26, 8:45–10:30 AM at Sidley Austin LLP (787 Seventh Avenue). Space is extremely limited— to reserve your seat contact Erin Hill, Director of Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, at


Watch NYC lights dazzle from the Executive Suite at Macy’s on Thursday, October 29 (6:00–8:00 PM), as we kick off the 10th anniversary of our Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon at our second annual Soiree Under the Stars. While enjoying sweeping views, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, meet our 2016 honorees. Space goes fast—be sure to RSVP today by contacting India Howard, Senior Manager, Special Events at ihoward@uwnyc.orgSee photos from last year’s soiree.



Looking to be more than a Luncheon attendee? Join our 10th anniversary Luncheon Host Committee. Members are already underway to ensure that this year's Luncheon tops them all and would welcome more support. Members revel in VIP Luncheon access as well as preferred table placement. Moreover, they enjoy the opportunity to connect with past and present honorees, and get exclusive invitations to United Way of New York City events. For more information, contact Erin Hill at



Clear your calendars! March 9, 2016 is right around the corner, and we’d hate for you to miss the 10th anniversary of our signature Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon. Enjoy photos from last year’s event, where we honored Hayley Boesky (Vice Chairman of Global Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch) with the 2015 Corporate Leadership Award and Andrea Jung (President & CEO, Grameen America) with the 2015 Philanthropist Award. 


ReadNYC Roundup

  • Get your refrigerator magnets ready, as ReadNYC’s 2014–15 report card is exceptional. From successful 1-on-1 tutoring for students to financial coaching for parents, your support is positively impacting our ReadNYC families. See results to date.
  • This summer, ReadNYC’s 191 Once Upon a Summer (OUS) campers ascended beanstalks, braved the Big Bad Wolf and searched ‘round the globe for the owner of a lost glass slipper. But these were tiny feats compared to their reading-level achievements: 89% increased their reading level overall, and 25% increased their reading level by at least one academic year! Regarding her daughter's acheivement, one OUS mom said: 

    Learn more and see photos.

  • Thousands of NYC students opened brand-new backpacks teeming with supplies at the end of UWNYC’s annual Back-to-School Drive this year. Because of support from individuals like you and our fellow corporate partners, these students’ smiles are stretching ear to ear as they kick off the school year ready to learn. Read special thank you’s from young readers at PS 154!
  • ReadNYC’s Expanded Day Program, serving 600 students, launched last month at our six partner-schools in Mott Haven. The new initiative pairs schools with community partners to fill curriculum gaps and offer personalized learning, mentoring, sports, arts and service learning during a seamless extended day that runs 8:30 AM–5:30 PM. Community-partner teammates include Eastside House Settlement, Inwood House, WHEDco, City Year, YMCA, and Roads to Success.
  • Ready, set, fit! New this fall, ReadNYC partners with Johnson & Johnson’s Gateway to Healthy Community-Healthier Kids Activity Works program. Activity Works brings fitness to the classroom, getting kids movin’ and groovin’ to improve overall well-being and classroom focus.
  • ReadNYC is also pairing up with Attendance Works to create powerhouse Attendance Teams at our six schools. These teams made up of staff, parents, and community-partner reps are tasked with strengthening attendance rates. To do so, they’re using data to identify attendance challenges and devise strategies for improvement.


New WLC Executive Committee member, Valerie White (Principal, Valerie D White, LLC) recommends The Guyana Contract by Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont. This book uses the world of international business dealings and intrigue in foreign countries to highlight some of the challenges facing black female executives in corporate America. It's a page-turner outlining an exciting and suspenseful business caper and a great read. Rosalind is the Editor in Chief of The Network Journal magazine and an independent author. The book can be found on Amazon.

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United Way of New York City's Impact Series | October 26th, 8:45–10:30 AM | Sidley Austin LLP, 787 Seventh Avenue
Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator for New York, will speak exclusively at United Way of New York City’s first thought leadership series event. Join us as we will discuss key challenges that face our communities, state, and nation.

Soiree Under the Stars | October 29th, 6:00–8:00 PM | Macy's, 151 West 34th Street
Join us for an evening under the stars, as we kick off the 10th anniversary year of our signature WLC Luncheon.

WLC & Catalyst Partnership Event | November 18th, 5:00–7:00 PM | Location TBD
Enjoy a panel discussion and cocktail hour with Deborah Gillis (President & CEO, Catalyst), UWNYC Board Member Karyn Twaronite (Partner, Ernst & Young Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer). Moderated by Sheena Wright, President & CEO, UWNYC, panelists will look at trends across new generations of business.

WLC Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon | March 9th, 2016, 12:00–2:00 PM | Cipriani, 42nd Street
Mark your calendars now for the don't miss 10th anniversary of our signature WLC Luncheon! 

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