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United Way of Greater St. Louis' Women's Leadership Society

Women’s Leadership Society

It is truly amazing what we can achieve when we come together. Women’s Leadership Society (WLS) is a growing community of over 3,600 women who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people in the St. Louis region. We use the power of our community to bring driven women together to address social issues and work to create a solid foundation for our region.

 

By answering the call to help their neighbors in need, WLS members make a difference every day throughout our region.

MEMBER BENEFITS

 

Your investment directly improves the lives of thousands of local people. As a Women's Leadership Society member, you’ll:

COMMUNITY

We are a growing community of over 3,600 women who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people in the St. Louis region. Our members network with fellow members through formal and informal events throughout the year. We use the power of our community to bring driven women together to address social issues.

PHILANTHROPY

We believe that there’s a real thrill to being part of something that helps to improve so many people’s lives in the St. Louis region. Women’s Leadership Society members gain access to rewarding opportunities to get involved in and help impact the many different issues facing our community, from education to financial stability to health.

LEADERSHIP

We strongly believe that every woman can harness the skills required to lead at work, in the community, and at home. Our members come from different industries and backgrounds, and use their unique experiences to inspire and challenge one another. Through the Women’s Leadership Society, we’re working to create a solid foundation for the St. Louis region.

HEAR WHAT MEMBERS SAY

Alexis Hershey

"From Penny Pennington to Sharon Price John, I’ve had the luxury of listening to women CEOs tell their story. I even won a lunch with Penny Pennington that I will remember for the rest of my life! But, it’s not just about me. When I tour the United Way agencies or listen to the agency CEOs, I see how they are serving the broad community needs. There is no way that I alone could pick and choose where to donate as effectively as United Way. United Way is like a mutual fund of community investment. I trust United Way to allocate the funds where the need is greatest. I’ve seen the impact that my dollars make, which is why I increase my pledge every year."

Your dollars matter

$1,000

provides a month’s stay for a mother and her children in a domestic violence shelter

$2,000

provides emergency assistance for 5 families during a crisis

$5,000

helps 33 children in need with shoes and clothing for a school year

Member Criteria

Open to women who support Women's Leadership Society's mission and make an annual pledge of $1,000 or more to United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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READY TO JOIN?

The annual membership commitment for the Women's Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

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2020 Women's Leadership Society Cabinet

 

2020 CO-CHAIRS

Margaret McDonald, HOK

Michelle Ko, Edward Jones

 

CABINET MEMBERS

Sheila Alsup, ICL Specialty Products Inc.

Andrea Barry, Deloitte

Jackie Behnen, Edward Jones

Rebecca Boyer, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Kim Brandon, Technology Partners

Julianne Callaway, RGA Reinsurance Company

Karen Dupske, Daugherty Business Solutions

Julie Erickson, Center for Hearing & Speech

Shannon Favazza, Edward Jones

Mary Fernandes, Bayer U.S. LLC

Kristin Guehlstorf, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

LaVicki Hart, Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Alexis Hershey, Midwest BankCentre

Amanda Hettinger, Thompson Coburn LLP

Cheryl Jones, Girls Incorporated of Saint Louis

Karen Jordan, Dentons

Susan Kidder, Safe Connections

Lori Knudson, Aegion Corporation

Nancy LeVault, Programs and Services for Older Person

Jane Martin, Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Angie Minges, Nestle Purina PetCare Company

Jamie Orf, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Christine Page, Missouri-American Water Company

Christy Sales, Edward Jones

Tracy Shepard, Edward Jones

Christina Solomon, Mueller Prost

Pamela Weston, Centene Corporation

Ashley Wunderlich, Moneta Group

Mary Ann Wymore, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Patricia Zahn, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Past Women’s Leadership Society Chairs

2019: Sharon Price John, Michelle Ko

 

2017-2018: Ellen Theroff

 

2015-2016: Penny Pennington

 

2013-2014: Marilyn Bush

 

2011-2012: Cassandra Sanford

 

2009-2010: Deb Hollingsworth

 

2008: Jan Holloway

 

2006-2007: Ellen Sherberg

 

2004-2005: Merry Mosbacher

 

2002-2003: Patricia Mercurio

 

2000-2001: Linda Locke, Juanita Hinshaw

 

1998-1999: Francine Katz

 

1996-1997: Mary Ann Krey

 

 

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