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Women’s Leadership Society

From CEOs to young women just starting out in their careers, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Society is for every woman in every stage of life. We believe in improving communities and are committed to making the St. Louis region a better place. Our Society is all about empowering women in their personal and professional lives by providing a space for them to connect through philanthropy and shared goals.


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.


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.


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.


Our Society was founded in 1996 by Ellen Sherberg, publisher of The St. Louis Business Journal as an avenue for women’s giving. What started as a small, dedicated society has grown to more than 3,600 members who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people throughout our region.

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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. Through this donation, we are able to help our community while being a part of a dynamic woman’s organization that creates change through relationships.

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Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet


2018 Chair
Ellen Theroff, Spire


Jill Anderson, Centene Corporation

Geri Lynn Arrindell, Mickes O’Toole

Karen Baer, Hoopayz

Andrea Barry, Deloitte

Jackie Behnen, Edward Jones

Cenia Bosman, Community Action Agency

Rebecca Boyer, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Kim Brandon, Save-A-Lot

Tammy Burton, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Nina Caldwell, Maryville University of St. Louis

Julianne Callaway, Reinsurance Group

Gretchen Curry, Staff Link

Kristin Guehlstorf, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

LaVicki Hart, Citi

Carrie Hermeling, Husch Blackwell LLP

Amanda Hettinger, Thompson Coburn LLP

Cheryl Jones, Girls Incorporated of St. Louis

Susan Jones, BKD, LLP

Karen Jordan, Dentons

Susan Kidder, Safe Connections

Michelle Ko, Edward Jones

Nancy LeVault, Southwestern Illinois College –

Jennifer Lynch, Express Scripts

Jane Martin, Coldwell Banker Gundaker

Margaret McDonald, HOK

Lindsay Meisinger, Reinsurance Group

Deborah Meyer, Washington University in St. Louis

Rachell Mitchell, Deloitte

Jamie Orf, KellyMitchell Group, Inc.

Beth Pagett, BKD, LLP

Kristen Polchinski, Wells Fargo

Julie Reed, Center for Hearing & Speech

Lisa Richter, Stakeholder Insights

Ashley Roedemeier, Cushman & Wakefield

Christy Sales, Edward Jones

Jeri Schultz, Jeri Schultz & Associates, LLC

Tracy Shepard, Edward Jones

Natalea Simmons, Merrill Lynch

Chris Solomon, RubinBrown LLP

Debbie Vandeven, Brown Smith Wallace

Cari Wegge, XIL Consulting

Pam Weston, Equifax Workforce Solutions

Lynn Wittels, Jewish Community Center

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

Patricia Zahn, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Past Women’s Leadership Society Chairs

1996-1997: Mary Ann Krey
1998-1999: Francine Katz
2000-2001: Linda Locke, Juanita Hinshaw
2002-2003: Patricia Mercurio
2004-2005: Merry Mosbacher
2006-2007: Ellen Sherberg
2008: Jan Holloway
2009-2010: Deb Hollingsworth
2011-2012: Cassandra Sanford
2013-2014: Marilyn Bush

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a real-life success story that happened because of the Women’s Leadership Society? We’re looking for examples of exciting opportunities – anything from new friendships to new jobs – that became possible because of your involvement with our Society. The Society is filled with dynamic, strong women who value building relationships and creating change through community, and we want to hear how these relationships and this community has impacted you! We can’t wait to hear your story.

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