2019 Women United Bruncheon Recap

2019 Women United Bruncheon Recap

May 16, 2019

Each year, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council welcomes hundreds of guests to The Pfister Grand Ballroom to celebrate the impact of women on our local community. Thank you to all those that attended this year's event! Take a look at some of the highlights from today's program. 

Supply the Cycle

Because there's one period you shouldn't have to worry about in school.

Being a teen is hard. School, friends, extra-curriculars. Now imagine that on top of all that, you are experiencing economic insecurity—and you’ve started to menstruate. Worrying about having access to menstruation supplies while at school can cause stress and negatively affect attendance and academic performance. Let’s eliminate this barrier to learning.

How can you help?


Donate menstrual products for local students at our Community Schools.

Donate a Period Pack for $10. This will include a toiletry bag already filled with a variety of menstrual items for a student. Donate now!

Donations accepted through June.


Host a supply drive and encourage your network to donate. 


Tuesday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Once all donations are collected, please join us at United Way's Johnson Controls Volunteer Center to assemble 1,000 Period Packs for students at our Milwaukee Community Schools! Register today!

Questions? Contact Mimi Laflin, 414.263.8136 or email.

2019 Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year: Gail Lione

Gail Lione is a powerful leader and passionate advocate for women, both personally and professionally. As Chair of the Women United Global Leadership Council for United Way Worldwide, Gail leads a global force of 70,000+ women dedicated to creating a world of opportunity for everyone. Read More.

Women United Endowment Fund

The Women United Endowment Fund will be used to support evidence-based strategies that align with United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in perpetuity. This fund recognizes the outstanding efforts of Elizabeth Brenner and the women and men who have made significant investments of time, talent, and treasure in this important initiative since its inception.

Current founding members: Aurora Health Care, Nicole Angresano, Elizabeth Brenner, Linda Gorens-Levey, Jacqueline Herd-Barber, Gail Lione, Jan Martin, Christine Liu McLaughlin, Linda Mellowes, Candy Pindyck, Thelma Sias, Lynn Sprangers, and Mary Lou Young.

To become a founding member contact: Jeriah Ebling at 414.263.8156 or email.


Markene Frances Kaminski
May 16 2019 at  3:20:18 PM

Thank you for the lovely brunch, introduction to Milwaukee leaders doing great things and the opportunity to put a name with lovely faces of women who dont just talk the talk, they get things done. Congratulations Women United!

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2018 Pack the Purse Results

Pads: 11,159

Tampons: 10,000

Purses: 502

Thank you to all those that made this a huge success! 

How to Host a Successful Supply Drive

Supply drives are fun and easy to host. Collections are perfect for office team building, church and civic group activities, and even birthday parties. Learn more.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Event Sponsor:

Gold Table Sponsors:


BMO Harris Bank

Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee

Brewers Community Foundation


Godfrey & Kahn

Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Johnson Controls

Johnson Financial Group



Northwestern Mutual


Rockwell Automation

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

We Energies Foundation

Silver Table Sponsors:

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Ascension St. Joseph Foundation

Badger Meter

Charter Manufacturing Co., Inc

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Deloitte, LLP

The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Foley & Lardner

Gail Lione

Luthor Manor


Macus Hotels & Resorts


Quarles & Brady LLP


Rockwell Automation

Waukesha County Business Alliance

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