About The Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon

Now in its 11th 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 10th Anniversary 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!

About ReadNYC

If children cannot learn to read, how can they read to learn? Research shows that children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are 74% more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers. And in neighborhoods like Mott Haven, in the South Bronx, as many as 9 out of 10 students haven’t reached this crucial milestone of reading by third grade.

ReadNYC is UWNYC’s response to this crisis. In neighborhoods like Mott Haven and Brownsville, we are enveloping children, families, schools, and community partners with the resources to help children read. By 2020, UWNYC will work with local partners towards a shared goal to double the number of children reading at grade level by third grade in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty in New York City.

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.