Women’s Leadership Council

Champion education. Empower youth. Be an agent of change.

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC), a key network of community-driven women, helps United Way of New York City (UWNYC) improve the lives of New Yorkers. These talented women advocate, fundraise, and volunteer to solve issues facing our most deserving neighbors.

WLC members especially champion education campaigns, such as ReadNYC™, which convenes community partners to prepare children for school, increase student attendance, and provide summer and extended learning opportunities. Of note, the WLC has raised more than $5 million in support of UWNYC’s youth empowerment initiatives.

See highlights from our 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon.


  • Collaborate within an exclusive network of philanthropic thought leaders
  • Access critical events focused on education, income, and health issues
  • Volunteer at community-partner sites to serve New Yorkers directly

Join WLC today and build your capacity to be a dynamic community-leader, who makes New York City work for every New Yorker. To learn more, contact Meghan Droge at mdroge@uwnyc.org. Don’t miss your opportunity to be an agent of change!   



Exclusive Shopping Event at Lafayette 148 New York
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 148 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

Start making your wishlist! Lafayette 148 New York, our Power of Women Fashion Sponsor, is hosting an exclusive shopping night just for us! Sign up today


Network: Celebrate Leadership & Advocacy at Credit Agricole
Thursday, March 16 | 1301 Avenue of the Americas

Join United Way of New York City at Credit Agricole's Women's Leadership Forum & Cocktail, featuring Sheena Wright, President & CEO of United Way of New York City and Jennifer Warren, Managing Director and Head U.S. Region, CIBC, for a fireside chat on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the power of women in the workforce.

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

Our dazzling signature event, where the power of women united to celebrate exceptional leadership and raise monumental support for ReadNYC. SEE PHOTOS

Volunteer: Empower Women's Job Searches
Friday, Jan. 27 (2:00–5:00 PM) | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY)

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 First Step Job Training Program.

Join UWNYC's Holiday Gift-Wrapping Party
December 13 (6:00–7:30 PM) | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10017)

Tis the season to volunteer! Join the WLC to sort and wrap donations from UWNYC’s Holiday Gift Drive—gifts that will draw hundreds of holiday smiles this year.

Shop: Peruse MaxMara's Latest Fashion to Give Back
Wednesday, October 19 | MaxMara (813 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065)

Join the WLC and MaxMara for an evening of exclusive discounted shopping, champagne, and hors d'oeurves. SEE PHOTOS

Volunteer: Serve a Much-Needed Meal
Tuesday, September 6, 5:30–7:30 PM | The Bowery Mission (227 Bowery, New York, NY 10002)

Join members and friends of the Women's Leadership Council at The Bowery Mission. Volunteers will help to prepare and serve dinner to individuals visiting the community kitchen. Shifts include prep work, service, and clean up. 

WLC Impact Series: How Women Empower Their Careers & Accelerate Inclusion
June 15, 5:30–8:00 PM | EY (5 Times Square, New York, NY)
A dynamic panel discussion with innovative female leaders from diverse sectors. Watch highlight reel below and see photos!

Hayley Boesky, Vice Chairman of Global Markets Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Karyn Twaronite, Partner, Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer
Ernst & Young

Deborah Gillis, President and CEO

Sheena Wright, President and CEO
United Way of New York City

For more information on WLC upcoming events, contact Meghan Droge at mdroge@uwnyc.org.

Check out the WLC-Suite, the WLC's bi-monthly e-newsletter.  

2016/17 WLC Executive Committee 

Elizabeth Wahab, Co-Chair
Roseann Stichnoth, Emeritus Co-Chair
Sadia Halim, Treasurer
Lynn Bishop
Suzanne Cutler
Jeanine Khoury
Helen Mucciolo
Jessica Patel
Irene Rodriguez
Dorothy Spenner
Valerie White