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About The Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon

Now in its 12th year, United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon honors the achievements of outstanding women leaders, whose professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to philanthropy, and giving back to their community.

See highlights from our 11th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon.

Net proceeds from this signature event support United Way of New York City’s education initiatives, serving thousands of youth each year across the five boroughs.

About United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a network of community-driven women that help United Way of New York City improve the lives of New Yorkers. These talented women advocate, fundraise, and volunteer to solve issues facing our most-deserving neighbors.

WLC members especially champion education campaigns, such as ReadNYC™, which convenes community partners to empower children and families living in our City’s most-challenged neighborhoods to become self-sufficient. Of note, the WLC has raised more than $5 million in support of UWNYC’s youth empowerment initiatives.


  • Collaborate within an exclusive network of philanthropic thought leaders
  • Access critical events focused on education, income, and health issues
  • Volunteer at community-partner sites to serve New Yorkers directly

Join WLC today and build your capacity to be a dynamic community-leader, who makes New York City work for every New Yorker. To learn more, contact Meghan Droge at mdroge@uwnyc.org.


Don’t miss your opportunity to be an agent of change!


A child’s ability to read by third grade directly impacts his or her future. Third grade is the year kids move from learning to read to reading to learn. Unfortunately, children from low-income families often don’t have access to quality education. In fact, research shows us that children from low-income families may hear up to 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers by age three, and more than 60% of low-income families don’t have children’s books at home. Inevitably, this gap and lack of books impacts children’s performance at school: sadly in New York City, six out of 10 students are not reading on grade-level. Moreover, children who don’t read on grade-level by third grade are 74% more likely to drop out of high school—more likely to find themselves struggling to make ends meet as adults and continuing a devastating cycle of poverty.

To break this cycle of poverty, we know we must help families and communities as a whole, from the child who can’t read, to the educators who are under-resourced, to the parents who can’t make ends meet. Our ReadNYC program takes a powerful collective approach— bringing together companies, nonprofit partners, foundations, government agencies, and individuals like you to the table, to set a unified, full-spectrum strategy—that’s fighting for literacy by building access to quality education for children while empowering their parents’ or caregivers’ abilities to form more stable homes.

Your investment in United Way of New York City is crucial to our success and we invite you to join us in this work and make an impact today!

2018 Host Committee

Laura Clayton-McDonnell, Co-Chair
Robyn Zivic, Co-Chair

Suzanne Cutler Elizabeth Lovisa
Lori Davis-West Helen Mucciolo
Radiris Diaz Lindsay Pomykala
Hedieh Fakhriyazdi Jeanine Rasulo
Carol Hasentab Dorothy Spenner
Laura James Elizabeth Wahab
Jeanine Khoury Valerie White
Maureen Lally

2018 Honorary Committee

Kriss Deiglmeier Deanna M. Mulligan
Laurie M. Tisch Jennifer Warren
Kathryn S. Wylde