Spotlight on Valerie White: I Fight for Discovery



Meet Valerie White! Valerie is a powerhouse female leader: she’s the Vice President of External Affairs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, an Executive Committee member on our Women’s Leadership Council, and the New York representative for United Way’s Women United Global Leadership Council. Underlying her commitment to leadership and community is her passion for DISCOVERY. In no more than 80 words, here’s why Valerie fights for discovery:  

"I fight for discovery because it provides the platform for global experiences and broad exposure. Whether it’s through travel, visual media platforms, or reading; we can discover, learn from, and connect with new worlds and many diverse cultures. That is what makes discovery so rich."

Like Valerie, United Way of New York City (UWNYC) champions discovery to empower the families we serve, especially families in our ReadNYC program. ReadNYC is UWNYC’s signature collective impact program that’s helping low-income families as a whole move from surviving to thriving. The program is built on our belief that getting a solid, quality education as a child is key to becoming a self-sufficient adult and caregiver. And for a child to get this type of education, they need strong schools, teachers, principals, parents, and neighborhoods.  

Within ReadNYC, part of building a solid, quality education is using a culturally relevant curriculum—a curriculum that helps kids discover their diversity, better understand the strength of their unique cultures, and encourage them to embrace differences and build community.   

Do you, like Val and UWNYC, believe in the power of discovery to fortify communities? Share this article and tell us why, or jump in the #powerofwomen conversation at @unitedwaynyc on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. And come discover the difference we can make together on March 7, 2018 at our 12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon.