On October 30, 2018, WOMEN UNITED will host its 2nd Annual Leadership Breakfast in celebration of women leading in business and philanthropy. The event will also serve as a call to action for women and all members of our community to create positive change through sharing their time, talent, and treasure.

Our guest speaker this year is Lisa Lingexecutive producer and host of CNN’s This is Life, a leader, and philanthropist speaking on the impact and success of women who lead and inspire change. Last year’s event sold out, with over 240 men and women leaving motivated to charge forward as change agents for our community.


United Way of the Big Bend’s Women’s Leadership Council, Women UNITED (WU) represents an influential force of women philanthropists who give, advocate, and volunteer to impact the lives of women and children throughout the Big Bend.

Each WU member contributes an individual annual gift of $1,000 or more to United Way of the Big Bend.

If you are interested in becoming a Women United member, please contact Molly Lord at molly@uwbb.org.

Member Benefits

Membership in WU provides a way to invest in and impact the community to make it a better, stronger place in which to live, work and raise a family.  There are many benefits to becoming a member.

  • Recognition in the United Way Leadership Roster (optional)
  • Invitation to exclusive Leadership Giving events
  • Invitations to additional educational, networking, and volunteering opportunities

Past leadership

Women United Founder: Susie Busch-Transou

2018/19 Chair: Michelle Ubben

Past WU Chairs:

Karen Walker – 2017

Diana Cureton – 2016
Flecia Braswell – 2015
Tanya Wilkins – 2014
Nan O’Kelley – 2013
Brooke Hallock – 2012
Mia McKown – 2011
Monesia Brown – 2010
Karen Walker – 2009
Liza McFadden – 2008
Robin Safley – 2007
Martha Barnett – 2006

Women United Outreach

Throughout the year, Women United raises money for early literacy efforts. WU focuses on early literacy in the community with the vision of getting kids reading on grade level before they reach third grade. WU members host a one-of-a-kind kickoff event and numerous parties at local businesses to raise awareness and money for UWBB’s Education Initiative. These events help fund and support evidence-based programs, ReadingPals, and READ UNITED.

Reading Pals

ReadingPals focuses on intervention and reading readiness. Caring adults are matched one-to-one with a student who has been identified as a struggling reader. Using a developed curriculum, ReadingPals commit one hour a week for the school year to read to the same child and work on literacy skills. Each student takes home a brand new free book every week.

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Read United

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This year on May 2-6th, UWBB’s sixth annual READ UNITED initiative will provide volunteers an opportunity to share the love of reading with thousands of first grade students in the Big Bend region. The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, and many other childhood favorites will be read and distributed to every first grade student, resulting in countless smiles and widespread inspiration for reading. Sign up to be a volunteer today!

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