A Leader in Finance, Education and Literacy Advocacy
Erin Weber has always had a passion for education. Early in her career she was a first-grade teacher and found a way to make a unique impact, challenging traditional methods to teach children to read. Her classroom became the subject of a research study and her methodology was later published and recognized nationally and internationally. While her passion for literacy lives on, today, Erin is Vice President at Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., and a founding partner of The Weber Group where she works alongside her father, Senior Vice President, Al Weber.
As a financial planner, Erin strongly believes that she can best assist individuals and families by helping them become more financially literate. Erin credits her educational background for her success in the financial industry. “Teaching translates directly into what I do,” she explains. “My goal is to educate people, and help them understand their finances because no matter who you are, financial literacy is important.” And any good teacher is also a good student. Erin did her homework to learn more about United Way when she joined her first United Way campaign at Hefren-Tillotson. “As I learned more about how United Way helps so many different communities, it was a no-brainer to get involved and see how I could help.”
Erin has been a member of United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) since 2019. “My experience with WLC has been utterly amazing since day one,” she says. “The women’s leadership council is all about giving back, but also about meeting women in the community with similar interests. For me, it has been as much about personal and professional growth as it has been about philanthropy.“ She recalls her first WLC breakfast, walking into a room filled with hundreds of women, all there to empower women. “It was at that point I realized how special this was—and I could see the power just in this room to create real change.”
Erin’s support of women extends to The Center for Women, Strong Women Strong Girls, and PA Women Work. She continues literacy advocacy with Literacy Pittsburgh, and serves as Advisory Board President for the Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington. She was a 2020 ATHENA Award nominee for helping and mentoring women, and continues to devote time to boards working to include financial literacy for K-12. A life-long athlete, Erin won an international video contest promoting a healthy lifestyle, and now enjoys golfing, where she has “met many incredible people.” A Pittsburgh native, she grew up in Lower Burrell, the youngest of three children, and now lives in Wexford, PA.
To learn more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lynne Popash at firstname.lastname@example.org in Allegheny County, Terri Dominick at Terri.Dominick@unitedwayswpa.org in Westmoreland County or Sherrie Dunlap Gallagher at email@example.com in Butler County.