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 women, 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. Shop & Stroll is a fun girls’ night out.

Get Involved

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

How To Become A Member

Its easy!  To become a member of Women United, we ask that you pledge a leadership gift of $1,000 or more.  Become a member and donate today!  Click here.  For additional information, please contact Molly Lord at molly@uwbb.org.

2020-2021 WU Board

McKenzie Burleigh, Women United Chair

Madeline Pumariega, Women’s Leadership Breakfast Chair

Bethany Swonson, Sip Savor & Stroll Event Chair

McKenzie Burleigh, Membership and Engagement Chair

Sally Bradshaw, Advocacy and Community Impact Chair


Past Leadership

Women United Founder: Susie Busch-Transou

WU Chairs:

McKenzie Burleigh – 2020

Michelle Ubben – 2018 -2020
Karen Walker – 2017
Diana Cureton – 2016
Flecia Braswell – 2015
Tanya Wilkins – 2014

Initiatives and events supported through

Women United

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.

Learn More

This initiative provides volunteers an opportunity to share the love of reading with many local children. Women United members and community volunteers have again partnered with Title I schools and early child care programs across the Big Bend, resulting in countless smiles and widespread inspiration for reading. Each classroom receives a set of books to be enjoyed by generations of children that walk through their doors. 

Learn More

Click on an image below to visit the event page.

Want to get involved? 

Look over our Women United Coucil and Committee Overivew and then, let us know by filling out an interest form below. 

Interest inquiries will close on May 29 of each year.

Women United Interest Form