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’s Women’s Leadership Council launched United for Women in July 2013 to mobilize the power of women helping women in Allegheny County. 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 2,000 women in our 2017-18 campaign year.

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL CO-CHAIRS

Keri Brown

Keri Brown

Stephanie Sciullo

Stephanie Sciullo

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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…

Miles Urban

"The importance of establishing meaningful connections that make an impact throughout the community drives a passion for giving back to those less fortunate."

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…

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…

Miles Urban

"The importance of establishing meaningful connections that make an impact throughout the community drives a passion for giving back to those less fortunate."

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

Together

Women’s Leadership Council members

raised over $9 million

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