Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon 2017

“We are all here to ensure that families get what they deserve…fierce love."
—Sheena Wright, CEO, United Way of New York City


On March 8, 2017, as International Women’s Day and "Day Without a Woman" critically activated communities across the world, our Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) brought the invaluable power of women together for their 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon.

Nearly 500 guests joined our WLC to fight for families, especially children, living in our City’s high-poverty communities. Together, we gathered to mobilize the “fierce love” that will empower our most-vulnerable neighbors out of poverty, toward prosperity.   

To show our “fierce love,” the first step is to ensure all children get access to a quality education and learn how to read. That’s why the WLC’s luncheon focused on United Way of New York City’s ReadNYC program and the power of words—the power of literacy—to catapult children toward success. That’s why the Power of Women came together to spread the words!   

If you joined us, THANK YOU. Thank you for standing for the power of community, the promise of impact, and the dreams of all children. We hope you enjoy our highlights! 

The Power of Women Highlight Reel


Spread the Words 
Do I hear an echo? Yes! It’s the resounding chatter of Spread the Words—our new ReadNYC campaign—firing off the highest spire and deepest subway track. There’s no better time than now to get in the know and jump in our newly launched ReadNYC program campaign!



Power of Women Paparazzi 
Photos, photos, and more photos! Peruse our Power of Women Facebook album.



We #Trended
Skim our Luncheon social media buzz—your powerful voices made #spreadthewords a trending Twitter topic in NYC!



Instant Replay
Watch what a year of ReadNYC impact—fueled by the power of New Yorkers like you—looks like!

About the Women's Leadership Council
The Women’s Leadership Council is a network of community-driven women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Women's Leadership Council members champion United Way of New York City’s education work, with a focus on the ReadNYC program. The group’s annual luncheon honors the achievements of outstanding women leaders whose professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to philanthropy and giving back to their community.