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Greetings from Roseann Stichnoth and Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Co-Chairs

As we count down to our monumental 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon on March 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street, it’s our pleasure to share with you the exclusive WLC-Suite: Luncheon Edition. From a Q&A with our Luncheon Co-Chairs to meeting one of the many bright, beautiful ReadNYC students our support empowers, this issue is packed with power! We can’t wait to celebrate and advance our impact with you on March 9th.


Roseann Stichnoth Signature Elizabeth Wahab Signature
Roseann Stichnoth Elizabeth Wahab

Sneak Snippets from Our Luncheon Honorees

We asked our 2016 honorees what excites them most about the Luncheon...here’s the scoop:


"Service and leadership are so important. In order to move forward, you have to give back. The Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon does a great job of recognizing both.”   

Monique L. Nelson, CEO & Chairman, UniWorld Group
Woman of Distinction Award Recipient



"I’m honored to join and celebrate such a strong network of philanthropic women leaders. I can’t wait to applaud innovative work that’s empowering our City’s most-vulnerable children."  

Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer, Macy’s Inc.
Corporate Citizenship Award Recipient


"What a valuable opportunity to bring together established and emerging philanthropic leaders, empower visionaries, and highlight our collective impact."  

Laurie M. Tisch, President Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Philanthropist Award Recipient


"Investing in people is an investment in our communities. I’m excited to celebrate efforts that are improving lives and lifting up our future leaders."  

Jennifer Warren, Managing Director & Head, U.S. Region, CIBC  

Corporate Leadership Award Recipient sponsored by American Banker Logo

Maximize Your Luncheon Attire


Need a powerful Luncheon outfit that breaks free of winter black and grays? You’re in luck! For the 2nd year in a row, we’re delighted to announce that Max Mara is the Premiere Sponsor of our Luncheon Honoree Reception.

As our Premiere Sponsor, they’re giving Luncheon guests the exclusive opportunity to gussy up for the event. On March 3rd from 6:00–8:00 PM, pop into Max Mara (813 Madison Avenue) with this downloadable invite for a 10% discount, hors d’oeuvres, and champagne! And if you miss us March 3rd—don’t worry—with your invite in-hand, stop by Max Mara through March 6th to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

Q&A: The Dish with Our Luncheon Co-Chairs

Meet Dorothy Spenner and Valerie White, our stellar Luncheon Host Committee Co-Chairs. When they’re not leading the terrific Luncheon Host Committee, Dorothy is a Partner at Sidney Austin LLP and Valerie is a Senior Executive, Seasoned Credit Professional, and Thought Leader.

Q: What inspired you to become a Co-Chair this year?

D: The Luncheon presents a great opportunity to educate and inspire our community about the way United Way of New York City's Women's Leadership Council uses its power to help our city and its children become readers.

V: The funds we raise will support ReadNYC, United Way of New York City's initiative to increase grade-level reading by 3rd grade—and we know that's a critical milestone in a child's future success.

Q: What should guests be most excited about at this year's Luncheon?

V: Beyond celebrating our distinguished honorees, we have the invaluable opportunity to network with people within the executive ranks of major corporations to increase literacy awareness in New York City's most-challenged neighborhoods.

Q: Why is the Luncheon focused on empowerment?

D: The 10th Anniversary presents a historic opportunity to support and carry our work forward into the next decade. When women put our minds together and work hard, we can accomplish amazing things.

Meet Amaya: ReadNYC Close-up

Meet Amaya: Collage

At last year's Luncheon, guests had the extraordinary opportunity to meet Deysi, a mother impacted by ReadNYC. This year, it's our pleasure to introduce you to Amaya. She’s a first grader at P.S. 49 in the Bronx, one of our six partner ReadNYC schools.

Last summer, Amaya completed ReadNYC’s seven-week summer reading intensive, Once Upon A Summer. And when she started school this fall, her teacher noted that she was reading like a student at the end of first grade. Currently, she participates in ReadNYC’s Expanded Day program at P.S. 49, which pairs schools with community partners to fill curriculum gaps and offers personalized learning, mentoring, sports, arts, and service learning during a seamless extended day that runs 8:30 AM–5:30 PM. When she’s not reading, Amaya loves music, dance, and being a big sister to her brother Jonathan.

“Amaya is a fan of many childhood classics. At the moment, she is fascinated with Mother Goose books. She also takes her homework sheets that she does in afterschool and reads them all to me,” said Amy, Amaya’s mother.

Amaya is just one of the many smiling and eager ReadNYC students that your power and influence can positively impact on March 9th.  

On-the-Ground with ReadNYC

On-the-Ground Collage

In anticipation of celebrating and advancing our ReadNYC impact at the Luncheon, Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Executive and Luncheon Host Committee members visited P.S. 179, one of our six partner ReadNYC schools in Mott Haven in the South Bronx earlier this month.  

There, they met with Principal Sherry Font-Williams and representatives from ReadNYC community partners. Members heard how United Way of New York City is bringing cross-sector partners together to work toward one goal—to get kids reading on grade-level by third grade—a crucial milestone in determining a child’s future success. Members then ventured to kindergarten and first grade classrooms, where they jumped into reading time. WLC Luncheon Host Committee Member Laura James of UPS asked one student, “Why do you like to read?” to which she exclaimed, “Because it’s my favorite thing to do!”

Power of the Purse


Wallets, sunglasses, keys. Ordinary items found in a purse. How about adding an extraordinary item to yours? …The success of a child’s future.

As part of this year’s Luncheon, United Way of New York City will launch our first-ever Power of the Purse auction, where attendees can vie for designer handbag packages to power young readers’ educations (all auction proceeds directly benefit ReadNYC). 

So if your current handbag isn't sparking joy, never fear, soon our Power of the Purse auction will launch. Stay tuned for Max Mara, Gucci, Chloe, and more! 


Haven't RSVP'd yet? Don't worry! There's still time to join us for our 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon. REGISTER TODAY!


The perfect cure for post-Luncheon blues is marking your calendars now for WLC upcoming events! 

Shopping Event: March 31, 2016 | Saks Fifth Avenue (SFA Cafe, 611 5th Ave, 8th Floor)
Just in time for spring, freshen up your wardrobe and shop for a cause at Saks Fifth Avenue. While you peruse the latest trends, enjoy complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and make-up tutorials. Saks will donate 10% of your purchases to the Women’s Leadership Council Fund.

Volunteer and Networking Opportunity: April 2016
Join us as we come together to volunteer in support of our ReadNYC students who live in some of our City's most-challenged communities.

WLC Connects: June 15, 2016
Join us for a networking reception featuring women from diverse sectors, and enjoy a dynamic panel discussion with innovative women leaders in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. We'll look at how women empower their careers and accelerate inclusion.

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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