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

Welcome to the November/December 2016 issue of WLC-Suite. We can’t believe how quickly this year has come and gone. But, because of leaders like you, we are grateful for the successes achieved by the Women's Leadership Council (WLC)—especially the nearly $1 million we raised this year at our signature Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon. Proceeds helped United Way of New York City's (UWNYC) ReadNYC program deliver a 50% increase in reading proficiency among third grade students in Mott Haven in just two years. Incredible!

In this issue of the WLC-Suite, we’re thrilled to look toward next year, including a preview of our upcoming 2017 Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon on March 8, and some of our favorite WLC moments of 2016.

Thank you for your enduring commitment to empowering our city’s low-income children and families. We wish you, your family, and friends the happiest of holidays, and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!


Roseann Stichnoth Signature Elizabeth Wahab Signature
Roseann Stichnoth Elizabeth Wahab

Empire State Building Electrifies with the Power of Women

MaxMara Shopping Photo



Underneath the Empire State Building’s iconic lights, the Women’s Leadership Council held at its 3rd Annual Soiree Under the Stars event on Wednesday, November 2, at Macy's. At the fete, more than 100 WLC members and friends kicked off the 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon, taking place March 8, 2017.

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Pencil Us In for March 8, 2017

Celebrate the awe-inspiring power of women at our 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Luncheon on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street. Our signature event joins hundreds of accomplished female professionals and philanthropists to honor the achievements of outstanding women leaders and to forge brighter futures for New York City’s low-income children (all event proceeds benefit UWNYC's ReadNYC program).

Power of Women Save the Date 2017

On the Ground Impact: Holiday Helpers

On the Ground Impact Collage

On December 13, WLC members and friends from Brown Brothers Harriman, U.S. Trust, Catalyst, and Bloomingdale's showcased their folding, cutting, and Scotch-tape adhering skills to ready approximately 1,000 gifts for kids at UWNYC partner schools in the South Bronx and Brooklyn. On December 16, UPS, a UWNYC corporate partner delivered the gifts to 8 schools, making children’s holidays immeasurably brighter. SEE PHOTOS

2016: A Year of Empowering WLC Impact


FEBRUARY: WLC members visited P.S. 179, a ReadNYC partner school in the South Bronx, to learn more about UWNYC’s ReadNYC program. There, they met Principal Sherry Font-Williams as well as smiling kindergarten and first grade students. SEE PHOTOS


MARCH: Cipriani’s roof glimmered with impact, as the WLC’s 10th Anniversary Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon raised nearly $1 million for UWNYC’s ReadNYC program. SEE PHOTOS AND MORE


APRIL: UWNYC hosted first-ever WLC Northeast Regional Meeting, where more than 40 women from United Ways and WLCs across the region gathered to build a stronger, more empowered network.


JUNE: WLC presented, “Women: Empower Your Careers and Accelerate Inclusion,” a UWNYC impact series, where more than 100 women discussed women in the workplace, career advancement, and mentorship. WATCH HIGHLIGHT REEL


AUGUST: Roseann Stichnoth (WLC Co-Chair) and Marla Barr (WLC Luncheon Host Committee Member) attended a ReadNYC site visit featuring our Once Upon a Summer (OUS) program: a 7-week program that aims to prevent summer-learning loss and improve students’ reading levels. SEE PHOTOS and 2016 OUTCOMES in our September/October issue. 


SEPTEMBER: On the ground impact! WLC volunteers prepared and served dinner to over 200 visitors at The Bowery Mission. They also reviewed resumes and conducted mock interviews for women in the Coalition for the Homeless's First Step Job Training Program. In 2016, WLC members completed 7 impactful volunteer projects!


OCTOBER: Nearly 90 WLC members and friends delighted in fashion tips from Maria Giulia Maramotti, Director of Max Mara U.S. Retail & Global Brand Ambassador as well as the granddaughter of the founder, at the WLC’s second Max Mara exclusive shopping event. Shoppers gifted themselves more than $16,500 worth of attire—and 10% of that went back to UWNYC to empower ReadNYC families. SEE PHOTOS

Spotlight On


Lynn Bishop is Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). As CDO, Lynn is responsible for managing all application development across the organization. As a WLC Executive Committee and Luncheon Host Committee Member, she’s dedicated to supporting United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC program, which aims to empower low-income families by rallying communities behind the common goal of nurturing successful young readers. According to Lynn, the most rewarding aspect of being a leader is to “pay it forward,” and help others reach their full potential both personally and professionally. “When you help others achieve, you appreciate the exponential impact you can make,” says Lynn.


Helen Mucciolo is Executive Vice President, Principal Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, overseeing financial management, business continuity, procurement, real estate, and other support functions. Joining the Bank in 1993, she served as head of the Financial Services Group’s cash and custody function and managed resolution and recovery planning in the Supervision Group. She also led the investment support office, overseeing the Bank’s extensions of credit in connection with JPMorgan Chase’s acquisition of Bear Stearns and AIG’s restructuring. She’s also held various positions within the Risk and Markets Groups and the Executive Sponsor to the Bank’s Women’s Mentoring and Empowerment Network. On why she joined the WLC: "Problems are solved by people taking action. I became involved with the WLC to join forces with like-minded women hoping to improve the lives of worthy NYC residents," said Helen. 

ReadNYC Round-Up

ReadNYC Round-Up

Year 2 of ReadNYC’s Expanded Day program is about to finish a very busy first semester! Serving nearly 500 first and second grade students across six public schools in the South Bronx, ReadNYC’s amazing Expanded-Day partners (East Side House Settlement, Roads to Success, Inwood House, and YMCA) are running literacy-infused curriculums that provide students with enriching opportunities like STEM, creative writing, karate, and culinary arts.

The Expanded Day Program and Parent Association at ReadNYC-partner school PS 179 even teamed up for an appreciation Thanksgiving Potluck to acknowledge 142 students and their guardians for having perfect attendance so far this year. Businesses in the community came together to donate 90% of the food, decorations, and raffle items.

Tis the Season to Make an Instant Impact



Click-ity click sound our mice, as we peruse holiday gifts online. If you’re completing last-minute holiday shopping on Amazon, we kindly ask that you consider shopping via Amazon Smile and select United Way of New York City as your charity of choice. For every Amazon Smile purchase you make, Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price.

Moreover, consider adding the gift of reading to your shopping cart by visiting our ReadNYC virtual book drive. Imagine the huge smile you’ll draw on the face of a young page-turner. SHOP NOW

Done holiday shopping? You can still give the gift of literacy by donating to the Women’s Leadership Council Fund before December 31! DONATE NOW



UWNYC's Young Leaders Council Event: Storybook Evening
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | Central Park South

Tell the young women in your network about this unparalleled event! From an opulent Central Park South penthouse, they’ll revel in an enviable night with fellow philanthropic leaders all while raising support for our City’s young readers. UNMASK MORE INFO


Volunteer: Empower Women's Job Searches
Friday, January 27, 2:00–5:00 PM | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street)

Share your professional expertise with women setting out on their job searches. Volunteers will review resumes and conduct mock interviews for participants in the Coalition for the Homeless's First Step Job Training Program. SIGN UP


11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Cipriani 42nd Street

Mark your calendar now for our dazzling signature event, where trailblazing women unite to celebrate exceptional leadership and raise monumental support for ReadNYC. READ MORE

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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