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Women United
A Global Network
of women leaders

Women United

We are a diverse, vibrant community within United Way, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging – to each other, to the organization’s mission, and to the communities we call home. 

Our powerful, global network of women leaders, over 70,000 strong, lives united against the most critical issues facing more than 170 communities in six countries.

In each community we serve, we tackle the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. We are empowered by each other to use our passions, ideas, expertise and resources to transform the very conditions in which people live. Here in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey we are fighting to advance a two-generation approach to ending poverty that builds the success of our youth and the stability of our families.

Ignite Change

  • Drive community change—locally and nationally
  • Network with other influential women who have a passion for the community
  • Advance your career and develop your personal and professional skills
  • Direct your investment and make an impact for local women and children
  • Participate in volunteer projects that make a meaningful impact in our community

join us

We don’t stand by. We’re raising our voices, rolling up our sleeves, and leaving our fingerprints on a legacy of change that benefits everyone. This is your moment to be part of a meaningful movement of local and global progress. We need YOU!

  • Invest $500 or more in the Women United Impact Fund to become a member; $250 for young professionals (35 & under). 
  • Invest $1,000 or more in the Women United Impact Fund and become eligible to sit on the Women United Leadership Committee. 
  • To pledge through your United Way workplace campaign contact us or search for agency code 29734.

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Women United Events

Events Calendar 

Women United Events 2021-2022


2021 Power of the Purse Event (past)

On December 8, 2021, Women United of Greater Philadelphia celebrated our current portfolio of Impact initiatives and recognize extraordinary women in leadership and philanthropy at our virtual Power of the Purse event. Thank you to all attendees and our sponsors for helping us empower women and families to build strong, independent lives from cradle to career.

Power of the Purse Program Book

Power of the Purse Full Video


Susan Jacobson, President, Jacobson Strategic Communications (Connect on LinkedIn)

2021 Next Generation Leader Award

Erinn Corbett-Wright, Vice President, Charitable Foundation Program Manager at TD Bank (Connect on LinkedIn)

2021 Women Entrepreneur Award

Tess Hart, Co-founder & CEO, Triple Bottom Brewing Company 

Charisse McGill, Owner, Lokal Artisan Foods (Home of the French Toast Bites)


As an integral part of United Way’s mission, Women United fight to empower women and families in our community to build strong, independent lives from cradle to career. In partnership with United Way, the Women United Impact Fund supports: 



  • Vello, an innovative, 1:1 tutoring program that matches tutor teams with local classrooms for guided reading support. Together, students and tutors read e-books using screen sharing and audio.





  • Adoption of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program(VITA) sitewhich provides fast, free and confidential tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income individuals and families with a household income less than $55,000.
  • Support for women facing multiple barriers to employment.      

Impact Fund Portfolio Women United


So every child can thrive in school and in life.

Supporting child development, school readiness, K-3 literacy, tutoring and parent/caregiver programs for families with children, from infancy through age 8. 

the impact of your support

Impact Fund Portfolio Women United


Strengthening lifelong earning power.

Equipping opportunity youth and adults with the skills and training to further their education, employment and career. 

why your support matters

Impact Fund Portfolio Women United


Helping families build assets.

Expanding access to financial literacy, planning tools, and asset-building to individuals and families.

the impact of your support

Impact Fund Portfolio Women United


Investing directly where it counts.

Working side-by-side with nonprofit partners to ensure resources, relief, and basic needs get to the people who need it most.

why your support matters

With Women United, I do not have to search for a way to be of use to my community. I know my time, my dollars, and my energy will be spent
fighting the issues I care about most.
- Lindsay Johnston, President of The POWER of Professional Women

Women United Leadership Committee


  • Chair, Greater Philadelphia
  • Sandy L. Pfeffer, Deloitte LLP
  • Vice-Chair, Greater Philadelphia
  • Justine Sloyer,AST LLC

Leadership Committee Members

  • Jasmin Senior Bostic, CSL Behring
  • Angela Conti, TD Bank
  • Kristina Fransel, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Charmaine Gee, AmeriHealth Caritas
  • J. Lindsay Johnston, PoWer of Professional Women
  • Susan Manning, DOCUXCEL
  • Kiera McFadden-Roan, Parker McCay
  • Katharyn Christian McGee, Duane Morris LLP
  • Alison Pettine, Secure Planning Group LLC
  • Angelica Roiz, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Lauren Schenkel, Brandywine Global Investment Management
  • Sally Schufreider, Cigna Healthcare
  • Maisha Thoms, Livent Corporation
  • Rachel Walker, Optia Group LLC
  • Winter Washington, Chubb

Advisory Council Members

  • Molly D. Shepard, Women United Founder, The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design
  • Susan Boehm, Karr Barth
  • Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Comcast Corporation
  • Angela Dowd-Burton, Community Volunteer
  • Melissa Grimm, Grimm and Grove Communications
  • Nancy Gunza, CliftonLarsonAllen
  • Kim Landry, Hollister Creative
  • Charisse R. Lillie, CRLCONSULTING LLC
  • Lorina Marshall-Blake, Independence Blue Cross
  • Lori F. Reiner, CPA, EisnerAmper LLP
  • Martina Marie Tinneny, Enterprise Holdings
  • Harriet Weiss, CRW Graphics