Women’s Leadership Council | United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Women’s Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a network of women dedicated to making a difference in the lives of young people in Essex and West Hudson counties.
Created and led by women, United Way Women’s Leadership Council is an integral part of United Way. Its mission is simple:”Mobilize the power of women to advance the Common Good in our communities.” To learn more contact Elise Counts at 973.854.2230 or email ecounts@uwewh.org 

Research has revealed that women’s number one philanthropic motivation is “connection to a cause,” a point well understood by United Way Women’s Leadership Council  members. Grounded in the idea that addressing the most critical local needs lifts the community as a whole and creates a better life for us all, members stand-up, unite, and take action on issues that hit closest to home by giving, volunteering, and advocating.

Member Benefits

The WLC is open to women of all ages and backgrounds interested in improving the lives of women and families in our area. If you are passionate about your community and want to commit to positive change, then the United Way Women’s Leadership Council is where you should be. As a member you will be part of an exclusive network and have access to members-only benefits such as:

  • Access to a network of committed and passionate philanthropic women in our area
  • Educational programs and presentations
  • Unique volunteer opportunities in many of United Way’s community based initiatives
  • Invitations to members only special events featuring prominent speakers and women of influence
  • The satisfaction of making a difference in women’s lives!

About Women’s Leadership Council

United Way Women’s Leadership Council is a national movement. More than 50,000 women from United Ways across the country are engaged in helping solve their community’s most pressing problems. Together these women have raised more than $825 million since 2001.  To learn more United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s Women’s Leadership Council contact Elise Counts at 973.854.2230 or email ecounts@uwewh.org 


Upcoming Events


 

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Recent Events


 

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3rd Annual Women’s History Month Awards Breakfast – Honoring Legends and Legacies
Thursday March 10, 2016 , Newark Club, Newark, NJ

Summary of event and link to event photos.

 

 

 

 


 

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February 23, 2016   

Distinguished Speaker:
Amy Minkoff – Certified Dream Builder Coach

A fabulous morning seminar hosted at The Wellness Lounge in South Orange, NJ. In an inspirational and  action-oriented talk, transformational coach Amy Minkoff, CPC, “The Happy Success Catalyst,” engaged the attendees on how to discover and build a dream that enables you to transform your results, in business and life.   Photos from event.


 

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Over 35 WLC members and guests enjoyed a beautiful buffet dinner at the United Way of Essex and West Hudson facility on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Many brought gifts to be distributed in our annual toy drive. New members were also inducted into into the WLC.

Photos from the event.

 


Past Initiatives

Annual Awards Breakfast Women’s History Month:Honoring Legends & Legacies

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, at NJPAC, over 120 attendees joined together in honoring women who have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. these extraordinary women have demonstrated character, courage, and commitment to our community. The women honored were:Dr. Gale E. Gibson
President, Essex County College, Barbara Mintz
Vice President for Healthy Living and Community Engagement, Barnabas Healthcare and Michele Williers
Chief Operations Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters Essex, Hudson & Union Counties. Guest speaker was Sharon C. Taylor Senior Vice President, Human Resources, and Chair of The Prudential Foundation.

Take a look at the WLC Awards Breakfast Photo Gallery from 2015


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Annual Awards Breakfast Women’s History Month:Honoring Legends & Legacies 2014

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, at NJPAC, over 80 attendees joined together in honoring women who have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. these extraordinary women have demonstrated character, courage, and commitment to our community. The women honored were: Bobbie Arbesfeld, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Jeannine Frisby LaRue, Senior VP, Kaufman Zita Group and Susan A. Feeney, Partner at McCarter & English, LLP.  WLC Awards Breakfast Photo Gallery from 2014


 

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Meet and Greet at McCarter and English LLC
Over thirty professionals came together for an after hours meet and greet and to hear a lively presentation on the History of the role of Women in Philanthropy given by Mirian Z. Stern, Consultant and Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU.  Take a look at the photo gallery of the  WLC Meet and Greet held at the corporate offices of McCarter and English LLC in Newark.

 

 

 


 

wow event 4 07 w nj sec of state nina wellsforwebpage Women on the Watch (WOW) Networking Breakfast, NJPAC

Highlighted the accomplishments of business women and their balance of career, family, and philanthropy.

Previous speakers include: Susan Baer, General Manager, Newark Liberty International and Teterboro Airports,  Susan Hauser, General Manager of Microsoft’s Customer Advocacy and Licensing,  Vicki L. Pryor, CEO & President, SBLI USA, Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary S.USA Life Insurance Company, Inc.,Nina Mitchell Wells, Former NJ Secretary of State, Jeannine F. LaRue, Vice President for Public Affairs for Rutgers the State University.


 

wow event 6 07 cfor webpageWomen’s Empowerment Network (WEN), Rock Spring Country Club

The WLC partnered with AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, Apostle’s House, CURA, Inc., FOCUS, and Irvington Family Development to launch our first WEN event.  The workshop provided a forum for inspiration, motivation, and education and addressed key topics such as health, self-esteem, beauty, and stress management.  The event exceeded expectations, with over 125 attendees, including 30 sponsored agency guests.

 


 

wow event 6 07 bforwebpage2 Women’s History Month Celebration,  Newark Beth Israel Medical Center 

The WLC hosted a Women’s History Month event, entitled “A New Year, A New You – Projecting a Confident Self Image”.  We targeted women in need from several Essex County agencies and develop a program to address their issues around self-image, self-esteem, and motivation. We also paired the attendees with WLC mentors for the day.  We hosted 25 women from 6 agencies including: Cura, Irvington Family Development, Apostle House, Focus, Ad House, and La Casa.  There were 3 speakers that address the following topics:Beauty – Inside & Out, Miss New Jersey, Kaity Rodriquez, Projecting a Confident Self Image, Ferlanda Fox Nixon and Let Your Beauty Shine Through – Danielle Gamerello, MAC Make-up Artist, Garden State Mall

 


 

Celebrate Summer with Tiffany’s, Oxford, NJ 

The WLC hosted the “Celebrate Summer Event”  sponsored by Tiffany’s of Short Hills and hosted by WIS member the Honorable Shirley Tolentino at her country estate in Oxford, NJ. Tiffany’s provided a lovely display of their jewelry and donated 5% of the sales to support WLC initiatives for HIV/AIDs.  The event was a great success with over 100 attendees, providing an ideal opportunity to network and recruit new members.



Join Us!

Give a gift that gives back to you and your community. Join the United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s Women’s Leadership Council and you will help women and their families on their path to financial stability.

To learn more contact Elise Counts at 973.854.2230 or email ecounts@uwewh.org 

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