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!   



Yoga & Champagne 

Find your zen over yoga, champagne, and making a positive impact! On November 18 (9:00 AM), we’ll join calming forces with UWNYC’s Young Leaders Council, at our first ever Yoga & Champagne event at ANYA (49 West 24th St, 8th Floor). Nama-don’t-stay-home! Come and join us for the perfect Saturday morning.



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

Experience hands-on IMPACT at our Backpack Stuffing Event
August 15 (6:00 PM–7:00 PM) | United Way of New York City (205 E. 42nd St. 13th Floor). SEE PHOTOS.

ReadNYC's Once Upon a Summer Tour and Panel
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 | PS 49, 383 E 139th Street, Bronx, NY

WLC members joined UWNYC for a tour and panel at our Once Upon a Summer literacy camp—experiencing a first-hand look into our ReadNYC program. Tour members were able to visit one of our schools, see the students as they begin their day and hear directly from some of our parents.

ReadNYC Community Walking Tour of Mott Haven
Friday, May 19, 2017 | PS 49, 383 E 139th Street, Bronx, NY

WLC members experienced the impact they're making with a firsthand look into our ReadNYC program. They visited one of our ReadNYC schools, heard directly from program partners, and learned more about our parent engagement strategies. SEE PHOTOS

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

Our Power of Women Fashion Sponsor, Lafayette 148 New York, hosted an exclusive shopping event at their Soho concept store. Guests were treated to a fashion presentation by stylist Brian Cook, enjoyed special promotions, and shopped for impact— with 10% of all sales benefitting UWNYC! SEE PHOTOS

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.  

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
Sadia Halim, BNP Paribas
Lynn Bishop, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Suzanne Cutler, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Johanna Belda, American Express
Corrina Davison, American Express
Helen Mucciolo, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Dorothy Spenner, Sidley Austin LLP
Valerie White, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Laura Clayton McDonnell, Microsoft