LEAD THE WAY

Women’s Leadership Council (WLC)

Mobilizing the caring power of women to improve lives.

Now entering its third decade, WLC unites a regional network of more than 2,200 women leaders who use their combined energy, talent, and passion to advocate for social change.

Women who donate $1,000 or more on an annual basis to United Way are eligible for membership. This diverse group is made up of young executives, entrepreneurs, veteran corporate leaders and philanthropic-minded individuals who care passionately about women and families in our community and want to give their time, talent and treasure to help those who are struggling improve their lives.

Members enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Connect and network with women leaders across the region 
  • Attend exclusive virtual and in-person events throughout the year
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities
  • Learn about key issues impacting the community
  • Enhance leadership skills by participating in professional development opportunities and engaging on planning committees

For more than a decade, the Eden Hall Foundation has been an ardent and generous supporter of United Way, Women’s Leadership Council, and our work to positively impact the lives of women.

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS

Keri Brown

Keri Brown

Stephanie Sciullo

Stephanie Sciullo

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Anastasiya Maksakova

Anastasiya Maksakova

“There is so much you can be involved with. Pick something you are passionate about and donate your time and skill sets. We lead by example for our peers, but also for our kids who see us actively involved.”

Kenya Boswell

Kenya Boswell

“Being part of this powerful network of women who are working together to improve people’s quality of life and reduce disparities in marginalized communities is impactful. I am honored to be a part…

Christine Mohler-King

Christine Mohler-King

“I hope more women consider joining this great group of women. It takes some effort for all of us to step out of our circle of friends, but there are so many amazing women in our community.”

MJ Klimas

“I'm helping people, of all ages and stages of their career, bring their best and most brilliant selves to the world every day. I help them apply tools and techniques to prepare for interviews, craft…

Erin Weber

“My goal is to educate people, and help them understand their finances because no matter who you are, financial literacy is important.”

Matty Tippit-Soto

"When a passion for one career shifts by a calling to help others enjoy the most basic needs that most take for granted. Matty Tippit-Soto, once on a path of getting her Juris Doctor degree, is now the…

A decade of impact

“If we have the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life, we simply have to take it.”

Giving back in a new city

“When I joined United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, it just felt like I’d found my spot.”

Surrounded by Dynamic Women

“After learning about the Women’s Leadership Council, all I could think was ‘Why haven’t I joined yet?’”

A gift that just makes sense

“I have always been passionate about being involved in the community, and United Way is the perfect outlet for me to do that.”

Do whatever little you can

“There are so many people who inspire us to help others. I feel fortunate that I am able to give back so early in my life.”

A responsibility to give back

“From the moment I learned about Women's Leadership Council, I knew I needed to join and help women in our area.”

Making an impact together

“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council offers many ways for women to get involved based on what they’re passionate about.”

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”

Finding a place to belong

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”

Finding balance in life and work

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…

Challenges are Okay

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…

Women can Inspire a Revolution

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…

Anastasiya Maksakova

Anastasiya Maksakova

“There is so much you can be involved with. Pick something you are passionate about and donate your time and skill sets. We lead by example for our peers, but also for our kids who see us actively involved.”

Kenya Boswell

Kenya Boswell

“Being part of this powerful network of women who are working together to improve people’s quality of life and reduce disparities in marginalized communities is impactful. I am honored to be a part…

Christine Mohler-King

Christine Mohler-King

“I hope more women consider joining this great group of women. It takes some effort for all of us to step out of our circle of friends, but there are so many amazing women in our community.”

MJ Klimas

“I'm helping people, of all ages and stages of their career, bring their best and most brilliant selves to the world every day. I help them apply tools and techniques to prepare for interviews, craft…

Erin Weber

“My goal is to educate people, and help them understand their finances because no matter who you are, financial literacy is important.”

Matty Tippit-Soto

"When a passion for one career shifts by a calling to help others enjoy the most basic needs that most take for granted. Matty Tippit-Soto, once on a path of getting her Juris Doctor degree, is now the…

A decade of impact

“If we have the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life, we simply have to take it.”

Giving back in a new city

“When I joined United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, it just felt like I’d found my spot.”

Surrounded by Dynamic Women

“After learning about the Women’s Leadership Council, all I could think was ‘Why haven’t I joined yet?’”

A gift that just makes sense

“I have always been passionate about being involved in the community, and United Way is the perfect outlet for me to do that.”

Do whatever little you can

“There are so many people who inspire us to help others. I feel fortunate that I am able to give back so early in my life.”

A responsibility to give back

“From the moment I learned about Women's Leadership Council, I knew I needed to join and help women in our area.”

Making an impact together

“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council offers many ways for women to get involved based on what they’re passionate about.”

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”

Finding a place to belong

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”

Finding balance in life and work

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…

Challenges are Okay

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…

Women can Inspire a Revolution

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…

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Step Up to Women’s Leadership Council and Make An impact

United Way offers a special giving option to allow new members to commit over a period of five years.  Make a commitment now to incrementally increase your annual United Way gift, building to a full $1,000 annual gift, and you will be recognized as a Women’s Leadership Council member from year one, with full access to all member benefits.

One Convenient Step-Up Plan

  • Five Year Plan
  • Year One – $500
  • Year Two – $600
  • Year Three – $700
  • Year Four – $850
  • Year Five – $1,000