Women United




United Way of New York City's Women United group is a key network of community-driven women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of struggling New Yorkers. These talented women advocate, fundraise, and volunteer to solve issues facing our most-vulnerable neighbors.

Women United members especially champion United Way of New York City's education work, specifically ReadNYC™, United Way of New York City's signature program that's improving grade-level reading by third grade for children living in some of our City's most-challenged communities, while helping their families build more stable homes. 

To date, Women United has invested more than $5 million in United Way of New York City's education initiatives.

See highlights from our 12th 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 Women United today and build your capacity to be a dynamic community-leader, who helps New York City families move from surviving to thriving. To learn more, contact Meghan Droge at mdroge@uwnyc.org. Are you already a member? Expand your involvement by joining one of our inaugural subcommittees


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12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award 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 Award 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.

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Shop United to Make a Difference
Thursday, March 22 (6:00–8:00 PM) | 148 Lafayette Street, 8th Floor

Start making your wishlist! On Thursday, March 22 (6:00–8:00 PM), Lafayette 148 New York, our Power of Women Fashion Sponsor, is hosting an exclusive Women United shopping event.

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Experience ReadNYC in Action
Thursday, March 29 (9:00–10:30 AM) | P.S. 43, 165 Brown Pl, Bronx, NY 10454

Don't miss your chance to experience United Way of New York City's ReadNYC program first-hand at P.S. 43 in the South Bronx. You'll visit ReadNYC classrooms and meet ReadNYC parents and community partners.

TD Five Boro Bike Tour

Pedal the Boroughs with the Power of Women

Join UWNYC’s Spread the Words TD Five Boro Bike Tour Team! Together, we’ll bike the boroughs on May 6 and raise critical support for our ReadNYC families. Positive impact plus an amazing workout—it’s a win-win!


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ReadNYC Site Visit
Wednesday, Feb. 7 (9:00–10:30 AM) | PS 369 (468 E 140 Street, Bronx, NY)

Women United members experienced United Way of New York City's ReadNYC program first-hand, visiting one of the program's partner schools. They heard directly from ReadNYC parents and partners, learning more about the program's impact.

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

Women United members and friends built literacy kits for ReadNYC students living in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, situated in the poorest congressional district in our nation. 


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


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