LEAD THE WAY

Women’s Leadership Council (WLC)

Mobilizing the caring power of women to improve lives.

WLC members constitute an ever-growing network of powerful women – over 2000 strong – who use their energy, talent, and passion to advocate for social change. Women who donate $1,000 or more on an annual basis are making a real change for people in need in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Members enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Network with other local business women and community leaders
  • Become informed on community issues, agencies and programs receiving United Way support
  • Receive invitations to participate in exclusive events and high-impact volunteer opportunities
  • Take a leadership role with United Way to address our community’s most critical needs

United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Women’s Leadership Council launched United for Women in July 2013 to mobilize the power of women helping women. A growing need among women who were experiencing first-time financial crisis was revealed based on research, including data from our 211 helpline. This group understood the need to help other women in our community, especially newly struggling women who are one step away from a crisis. United for Women helped over 1,126 women in our 2015-16 campaign year.

In 2016, the WLC launched a new program, WLC’s TOGETHER (to get her) Leading! Through this program, WLC members can be role models for the next generation of members by sponsoring a young professional woman age 35 or under for up to two years. By making an additional gift of $500 to your current annual gift, you can help a young woman experience the all that the WLC and Bridges Society have to offer.

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS

Kelly Gray

Kelly Gray

“The WLC represents thousands of people united to celebrate the power, strength and determination of women to change our community.”

Mary Richter

Mary Richter

"I am proud to support women uniting together to build a stronger future for all of the people in our community."

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Pamforweb

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

Pam Fletcher

“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.”
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TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

Kari Kirkpatrick

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

Finding a place to belong

Delilah Picart

“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.”
TheresaB

Finding balance in life and work

Theresa Bone

“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.”
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Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman

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…
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It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

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…
Dottie Photo me in big chair

Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

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…
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Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

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…
Pamforweb

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

Pam Fletcher

“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.”
KariKirkpatrickforweb

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

Kari Kirkpatrick

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

Finding a place to belong

Delilah Picart

“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.”
TheresaB

Finding balance in life and work

Theresa Bone

“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.”
ellen_freeman_280x280

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman

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…
FullSizeRender (1)

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr

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…
Dottie Photo me in big chair

Challenges are Okay

Dotti Bechtol

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…
chelsey-head-shot

Women can Inspire a Revolution

Chelsey Sylvester

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 three to 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.

Two Convenient Step-Up Plans

  • Three Year Plan
  • Year One – $500
  • Year Two – $750
  • Year Three – $1,000
  • Year Four – $850
  • Year Five – $1,000
  • Five Year Plan
  • Year One – $500
  • Year Two – $600
  • Year Three – $700
  • Year Four – $850
  • Year Five – $1,000
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Together

Women’s Leadership Council members

raised over $9 million

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