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Greetings from Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Chair

"Grateful" is the word that best expresses how our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) and United Way of New York City (UWNYC) still feel after one of our most impactful Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheons to date. Together, we raised nearly $1 million for our fight for literacy. Our fight to help moms like Sharlene who generously shared her story at our Luncheon. For Sharlene, UWNYC’s ReadNYC program is her and her daughter’s “miracle.”

But our impact doesn’t stop there! This Thursday (April 27), join us at Lafayette 148 New York for high-fashion impact—we're shopping and saving to raise even more support for families like Sharlene's.

Lastly, I’d like to extend a personal thank you to our outgoing Co-Chair, my friend, Roseann Stichnoth. Roseann, your leadership and dedication to women’s philanthropy as well as UWNYC’s mission is just exemplary and extraordinary!


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“We are all here to ensure that families get what they deserve…fierce love."
—Sheena Wright, President & CEO, United Way of New York City

On March 8, 2017, as International Women’s Day and "Day Without a Woman" critically activated communities across the world, we brought the invaluable power of women together for our 11th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon. We gathered to mobilize the “fierce love” that our most-vulnerable neighbors need to move out of poverty and toward prosperity.  

A key instance of that love is ensuring that our children have access to quality education and learn how to read. That’s why our Luncheon championed the power of words—the power of literacy—to catapult children toward success. That’s why the Power of Women came together to #spreadthewords.


Spread the Words 

UWNYC gave us a sneak peek of Spread the Words—their new ReadNYC campaign launching this summer. Check it out!



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We #Trended

Skim our Luncheon social media buzz—your powerful voices made #spreadthewords a trending Twitter topic in NYC!


Instant Replay

See what a year of ReadNYC impact—fueled by the power of women like you—looks like!


Let’s Do Lunch...in 2018

Already craving our 12th annual Luncheon? Sate your anticipation by joining our 2018 Luncheon Host Committee—a group of dynamic WLC members that steer this premiere women’s event. At the helm, you’ll be adding your name to an event that draws hundreds of leaders from across sectors each year. Contact Meghan Droge at mdroge@uwnyc.org to learn more and sign up. Not already a WLC member? No problem—Meghan is happy to field questions about membership too.

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Kindness and Love: Fuel for the Power of Women

March 1: “The women I respect the most are the ones with the courage to step up and open their hearts up,” pens Julie Brazitis, Chair of United Way of New York City’s Young Leaders Council, in an inspiring piece she wrote for The Huffington Post titled, “Ladies, for the Love of Strong Women, Be Kind.”


Credit Agricole and CIBC: Power of Women Partners

March 16: UWNYC President and CEO Sheena Wright and Jennifer Warren, one of our 2016 Power of Women Honorees and Managing Director and Head, U.S. Region, CIBC spoke at Credit Agricole’s Gender Diversity Week’s Women’s Leadership Forum, where they held a thought-provoking discussion on women’s empowerment, the challenges around diversity in the workplace, and the collective opportunity we have to fight for diversity.


The Essence of Sheena Wright

March 23: From advice for aspiring women leaders to her superpower, Wright spoke to Essence, a Luncheon sponsor, about the power of women: “We’re about the business of getting it done and not for recognition.”


Slow Down, Wright’s Featured in Fast Company

April 19: “If you are doing something important and impactful it is an obligation for you to shine a light because it inspires people to do the same" said Sheena Wright in Fast Company’s newly published piece “The Uphill Battle of United Way NYC’s First Female President.”

Step Aside Michelin: ReadNYC Receives Pacesetter Honor

Step Aside Michelin: ReadNYC Receives Pacesetter Honor

In March, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR)—a collaboration that’s working to increase reading skills among kids from low-income families—announced their 5th Annual Pacesetter honorees, and for the third year in a row, ReadNYC is a pacesetting superstar.

Out of more than 300 communities nationwide, ReadNYC's work is one of 48 CGLR communities recognized this year for being exemplary.



The 24th Annual Gridiron Gala
May 9 (VIP & Tailgate Party 6:00 PM; Dinner & Awards 7:00 PM) | New York Hilton Midtown

Join us for an exciting evening of football and philanthropy as we mingle with the Hometown Gridiron Greats of yesterday and today.

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

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