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Greetings from Elizabeth Wahab, WLC Chair

Welcome to the May/June issue of the WLC-Suite! On the heels of our 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon—the empowering energy hasn't stopped! This issue, enjoy catching up on our latest volunteer impact and recent ReadNYC community tour. You’ll also get a sneak peek of ReadNYC’s annual Once Upon a Summer program.

I hope you have a happy start to summer!


Elizabeth Wahab Signature
Elizabeth Wahab

High-Fashion Impact at Lafayette 148 New York


On April 27, more than 100 fashionistas got runway-ready while raising support for ReadNYC families at Lafayette 148 New York, our new Power of Women fashion sponsor. Ten-percent of all sales—nearly $2,000—benefitted ReadNYC. A special thanks to all who joined us!

Lafayette 148 New York Exclusive Shopping Evening

ReadNYC Round-up


A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

On May 19, the WLC led a walking tour of the Mott Haven neighborhood in the South Bronx—an exclusive chance for WLC members and friends to experience ReadNYC up-close. Participants met a ReadNYC parent and organizational partners, and saw how their investments are working together to strengthen this community.

A tremendous thank you to WLC Executive Committee member, Jessica Patel, who facilitated a terrific panel discussion with our ReadNYC partners.


Once Upon a Time in Mott Haven

On July 5, ReadNYC’s Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program begins. OUS aims to prevent summer learning loss by keeping our ReadNYC families engaged all summer long. Last year alone, OUS campers read more than 1,200 books!

In its fourth year, OUS will serve up to 150 rising third-grade students and their families. The young reading explorers will embark on fun, jam-packed days of tutoring, group reading, outdoor play, and interactive arts, like drumming! Meanwhile, parents will enjoy a new weekly OUS book club, where they’ll read the same books their OUS camper is reading and get guidance on keeping their child’s love of reading flourishing at home.

For OUS updates, like and follow @unitedwaynyc on Facebook and check out our next WLC-Suite issue. Click below to see photos from last year. 

Piloting Impact: Empowering Bronx Students


On May 4, in conjunction with United Way of New York City’s (UWNYC) EducateNYC team, WLC volunteers piloted a career readiness program with juniors and seniors from Bronx Studio Schools for Writers and Artists.

The workshop focused on communication styles, showing the correlation between effective communication and success in professional settings. 

A huge thank you to our volunteers from Merrill Lynch, Guardian Life Insurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York!

On the Ground Impact: Empowering Female Job-Seekers


On May 5, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Women's Mentoring and Empowerment Network shared their professional expertise with women setting out on their job searches. Volunteers reviewed resumes and conducted mock interviews for participants in Coalition for the Homeless's First Step Job Training Program to help sharpen their job skills and boost their confidence.

Let's Do Lunch


Already craving our 12th annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon? Sate your anticipation by joining our 2018 Luncheon Host Committee—a group of dynamic Women's Leadership Council (WLC) members that steer this premiere event. At the helm, you’ll add your name to an event that draws hundreds of leaders from across sectors each year.  

Contact Meghan Droge (Manager, Individual Giving & Donor Engagement) to learn more and sign up. Not already a WLC member? No problem—Meghan is happy to field questions about membership too.

Gridiron Gala Honors a Remarkable WLC Founder


On May 9, UWNYC recognized Karen Peetz, President (Retired), BNY Mellon, as a Community Quarterback honoree at its 24th annual Gridiron Gala. Karen is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council and former chair of UWNYC’s board of directors. Her commitment to the community is bar none—it’s why she is the singular holder of the Women’s Leadership Council Founders’ Award. Congratulations, Karen! To learn more about the Gala and to see photos, check out the instant replay.  


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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