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Greetings from Your Women's Leadership Council Co-Chairs

“I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.” —Michelle Obama

As Michelle so eloquently remarks, her strength and dignity were not self-made. Sure, strength and dignity lived within her, but their potential needed to be unlocked and empowered. She could not be the woman and leader she is today without the powerful women that came before her and believed in her.

As we ready for our 12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon and United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC) 80th Anniversary, we invite you to reflect on the women who came before you—inspired and believed in you.

At our Luncheon on March 7, it’s our turn to be the inspirers and believers. It’s time to help New York City’s low-income families realize and seize their inborn strength and dignity. We are the Women’s Leadership Councilwe have so much collective power. Let’s use it to love, nurture, spread the words, and most importantly fight for the future of those who need it most—the next generation of leaders.


Elizabeth Wahab Jeanine R. Khoury

The Dish with our Luncheon Co-Chairs

Laura and Robyn


Meet Laura Clayton McDonnell and Robyn Zivic, our stellar Luncheon Host Committee Co-Chairs. When they’re not leading the terrific Luncheon Host Committee, Laura is a Vice President at Microsoft and Robyn is a Managing Director at CIBC World Markets. In anticipation of our Luncheon, we asked them to dish about empowering women and their communities.

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Luncheon Fusion: Power of the Purse Unites Fashion and Impact

Power of the Purse


Get ready! Our Luncheon’s Power of the Purse auction opens February 21. With every bid, you’ll impact more than your sense of style, you’ll help ReadNYC families move along the path from surviving to thriving!

And as we join UWNYC’s 80th anniversary celebration, here’s some fun fashion history for all you fashionistas! In 1938, when UWNYC was just getting started in the world of philanthropy, the clutch bag was paving the way for women's fashion. By day, bags were a simple black, brown, or white, but by evening bedazzled with jewels and beads. And a high-end clutch would have only cost you $1.00!

Whether your style is simple or bedazzled, dare to show it off by treating yourself to a Power of the Purse item. Kicking off tomorrow!

We'd Hate for You to Miss Lunch on March 7, 2018

WLC Luncheon Photo


If you haven't reserved your spot at our Luncheon yet, don't worry! There's still time to join us on March 7.

Spotlight on Our New WLC Executive Committee Members 

Connie Schan


A WLC welcome to Connie Schan! Connie is the Vice President, Senior HR Business Partner, Global Risk, Banking & Compliance and Risk & Information Management at American Express. In this capacity, she’s responsible for the development and delivery of impactful human capital strategies to enable American Express to deliver on its business goals. Connie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University in Toronto, a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College, and a Master’s Certificate in Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Connie Schan


Meet Karen Tillson! Karen is the VP of Customer Insights, Data Analytics & Business Intelligence at Bloomingdale’s. In this role, she’s responsible for leveraging customer insights and data to enhance customer understanding, increase brand relevance, maximize marketing effectiveness, and fuel profitable growth—playing a key role in leading the business strategy development across the organization. She is also the founding sponsor of the Bloomingdale’s Women’s Employee Resource Group. Karen has a BA in Advertising from Penn State University and a MBA in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business.


A New Edition to Our Menu: WLC Subcommittees

Connie Schan


Looking to expand your involvement with the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC)? Join one of our inaugural subcommittees—four core leadership groups that elevate the work of the WLC year-round and give you the opportunity to collaborate with a robust network of influential philanthropic women. We’re currently recruiting for the following subcommittees: Membership, Corporate Engagement, Luncheon Host Committee, and Events.

Save Room for Dessert: Upcoming Events

International Day of Happiness


International Day of Happiness
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (All Day) | Facebook

Get ready to continue our Luncheon’s swell of impact and happiness on March 20! UWNYC invites you to take to social media with us as we celebrate the United Nations International Day of Happiness. Spreading happiness is easy! On March 20, visit UWNYC on Facebook and share our Happiness post with your networks. Together, let’s spread happiness to amplify our fight for every NYC families' chance to thrive!


TD Five Boro Bike Tour
Sunday, May 6, 2018 (7:30 AM–4:00 PM) | Across the boroughs

Join UWNYC’s Spread the Words TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team! Together, we’ll bike the boroughs and raise critical support for our ReadNYC families. Positive impact plus an amazing workout—it’s a win-win! Registration is now open!


For more information about the WLC, please visit us online or contact Meghan Droge, Senior Manager, Individual Giving and Donor Engagement, United Way of New York City.

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