On November 5, 2019, WOMEN UNITED will host its 3rd 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 will be Lesley VisserHall of Fame Sportscaster, a leader, and philanthropist who will speak 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.

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Who We Are:

Women united is an affinity group within the United Way of the Big Bend, comprised of women leadership givers* who are passionate and committed to the work of the United Way. Originating in 2005, the group has grown to become an influential force of women philanthropists who give, advocate, and volunteer to impact the lives of women and children throughout the Big Bend.

*Leadership Givers donate $1,000 or more annually to the United Way of the Big Bend

What We Do:

Women throughout our community are brought together to flex their philanthropic muscles, improving the lives of children and families. Women United spearheads two critical fundraising events each year. The Women’s Leadership Breakfast brings in top national speakers for an inspirational breakfast. Dress Down & Dine is a fun girls’ night out for a cause, benefiting early childhood education.


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Get Involved

Experience the power of uniting for a cause by attending a Women United event. Join us to organize a Women United event, partner with us to help address critical needs in the community through the Small Business Partnership Program, or explore the many other ways to invest in UWBB with you time, talents, and treasure.

2018 WU Board

Michelle Ubben, 2018 Women United Chair
Mckenzie Burleigh Lohbeck, Women’s Leadership Breakfast Chair
Dena Sokolow, Dress Down & Dine Co-Chair
Michel Gregory, Dress Down & Dine Co-Chair
Tracey Cohen, Small Business Partnership Chair

Past Leadership

Women United Founder: Susie Busch-Transou

WU Chairs:

Michelle Ubben – 2018
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



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

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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This year on March 25-29th, UWBB’s ninth 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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