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 programs, 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!   



Volunteer: Build ReadNYC Literacy Kits
Wednesday, Jan. 17 (6:00–7:00 PM) | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Fl)

Join us to build literacy kits for ReadNYC students living in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, situated in the poorest congressional district in our nation. 


12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, March 7 (VIP Reception: 11:00 AM Lunch: 12:00 PM) | Cipriani 42nd Street 

Join us for our 12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Awards Luncheon honoring  Kim Davis, EVP, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs, National Hockey League; Ellen Patterson, Group Head, General Counsel, TD Bank Group; and Margaret M. Smyth, U.S. CFO, National Grid.



Volunteer: Holiday Gift Wrapping Party
Wednesday, Dec. 13 (6:00–7:00 PM) | UWNYC (205 E. 42nd Street, 13th Fl)

WLC members and friends sorted and wrapped donations from UWNYC’s Holiday Gift Drive—gifts that drew hundreds of holiday smiles this year.


Yoga & Champagne 

On November 18, 2017, we found zen over yoga, champagne, and making a positive impact with UWNYC’s Young Leaders Council, at our first ever Yoga & Champagne event at ANYA (49 West 24th St, 8th Floor). Together, we raised more than $6,000 for UWNYC's ReadNYC program. 


Wed., Nov. 1 (8:00–10:00 AM) | United Way of New York City (205 E. 42nd St., 13th Fl.)
On November 1, UWNYC teamed up with Deloitte for the latest installment of their Dialogues@Deloitte series: "Beyond the ABCs of Diversity and Inclusion." The event brought people from across industries together to explore how we may use our differences as strengths to advance business and communities. Click below to see photos from this thought-provoking morning.


Wed., Sept. 27 (6:00–7:30 PM) | United Way of New York City (205 E. 42nd St., 13th Fl.)
WLC members and friends crafted Dr. Seuss-themed literacy kits for students at our ReadNYC schools. "The more things that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." —Dr. Seuss

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.  

2017/18 WLC Executive Committee 

Co-Chair: Elizabeth Wahab
Co-Chair: Jeanine Khoury, Brown Brothers Harriman
Emeritus Co-Chair: Roseann Stichnoth, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Suzanne Cutler, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Johanna Belda, American Express
Corrina Davison, American Express
Helen Mucciolo, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Connie Schan, American Express
Dorothy Spenner, Sidley Austin LLP
Karen Tillson, Bloomingdales
Valerie White, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Laura Clayton McDonnell, Microsoft