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.

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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.



  • 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



As an integral part of United Way’s mission, Women United fights 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: 


Ensure 90% of children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

  • Success By 6® initiatives invest in early learning programs that support strong parent teacher engagement, build at-home libraries with age-appropriate books in underserved communities and builds capacity in childcare facilities.                                                              
  • 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.


Reconnect 50,000 youth (ages 15-25) back to their education or the workforce and prevent 16,000 from falling off track.

  • Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow (GTLT) steps in when young girls in low-performing schools are exhibiting at-risk behaviors and helps guide them back on track to high school graduation. By focusing on personal goals and achievement, each GTLT participant creates a path to college and career with support from their peers and mentors.                                                                                                                                               


Help 300,000 individuals live above federal poverty line & Help 300,000 avoid slipping into poverty.

  • Adoption of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) site which 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.                 

Women United Leadership Committee

Chair, Greater Philadelphia
Sandy L. Pfeffer
Deloitte LLP

Vice-Chair, Greater Philadelphia
Justine Sloyer

Chair, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland
Linda Bazemore
Atlantic County Utilities Authority

Vice-Chair, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland
Kimberly Carty
Holman Enterprises

Catherine Fox
Comcast Corporation

Charmaine Gee
AmeriHealth Caritas

Sheena Jain
Campbell Soup Company

Lindsay Johnston

Kafi Lindsay
TD Bank

Susan Manning

Kate Reiprich

Kiera McFadden-Roan
Parker McCay

Alison Pettine
Secure Planning Group LLC

Gina Principato
Holman Automotive

Angelica Roiz
Grant Thornton LLP

Staci Scott
Health Partners Foundation

Rachel Walker
Optia Group LLC

Winter Washington

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

Amy Frazier

Melissa Grimm
Grimm and Grove Communications

Nancy Gunza

Kim Landry
Hollister Creative

Charisse R. Lillie

Lorina Marshall-Blake
Independence Blue Cross

Lori F. Reiner, CPA
EisnerAmper LLP

Denise Rinear
Community Volunteer

Nancy Threlfall
Threlfall Marketing

Tina Tinneny
Enterprise Holdings

Karen Walters
Independence Blue Cross

Harriet Weiss
CRW Graphics

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