Mobilizing the Power of Women to Fight for our Community

Mobilizing the Power of Women to Fight for our Community


Christine Liu McLaughlin (far left) with fellow Women's Leadership Council members at 2017's Project ReUnited event.

April 18, 2018

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Women United network is made up of over 2,000 members who raise $17million annually, making it the largest Women United network in the country. Locally, Women United is governed by the Women’s Leadership Council, made of up over 30 outstanding women-leaders in our local community.

The Women United Global Leadership Council (WUGLC) is made up of women across the world who inspire other women to get involved and assist local United Ways with starting a Women United chapter in their own region. We are proud to have two outstanding women representing Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County on this global council: Gail Lione, who is currently chair of the WUGLC, and Christine Liu McLaughlin.

We asked Christine to share with us the work of the WUGLC and what continues to inspire her to stay involved:

The mission of Women United Global Leadership Council is to mobilize the power of women to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.  We are driven by our focused purpose: to serve as a formal advisory body providing strategic recommendations to United Way Worldwide, fostering the effectiveness of the work of local Women United networks, and mobilizing women leaders to create new Women United groups in local communities. We believe it is our collective responsibility to harness ideas, share effective practices, and model philanthropy and advocacy.

In March of this year, members of the WUGLC met in Houston to develop our strategy for 2018 to 2020.  We had the opportunity to meet with United Way fundraising and communications experts to connect to resources and training in order to develop those tools for local Women United networks through our leadership, network development, and expansion committees. Driven by this momentum, the WUGLC has already published new communications to members – the Women United Network News Brief and 2018 Women United Communications webinar series. Both are great resources to inspire your local networks or start a Women United chapter.  Either way, you can’t help but get inspired to do more because there is always a call to action. I know from experience that, collectively, we can’t pass up the chance to move the needle and move it big time – after all, that’s our Women United Global Leadership Council’s global reputation and we’ve earned it!

So, what’s your call to action right now? Attend the annual Women United Bruncheon, and bring friends, colleagues and anyone else you think would love to be inspired. This year is sure to be another sell-out year. Anna Maria Chavez is the keynote speaker and having heard her speak last year, I can say with certainty you will walk away awed and inspired by her journey, her spirit, and her unwavering commitment to lead by example.

Please, join me and be inspired!

Learn more about and purchase tickets to the 2018 Women United Bruncheon.

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