Women United

Women United

Women United mobilizes a powerful network of women who strengthen our community through an investment of talent, compassion and philanthropy. Women United fights for women’s empowerment and financial stability. 

Member Criteria

  • Annual individual gift of $1,200 or more, or
  • Annual joint gift of $2,400 or more

Member Benefits

  • Recognition in the United Way Leadership Registry (optional)
  • Exclusive invitations to member events and volunteer opportunities
  • Additional educational and networking opportunities


  • Women United Bruncheon: Annual event that raises over $50,000 each year to support and bring awareness to Healthy Youth programing. Past events have featured key note speakers such as a panel on Infant Mortality; President of United Way U.S.A., Stacy Stewart; Founding Dean of UW-Milwaukee’s School of Public Health, Dr. Magda Peck.
  • The Women United Mentoring Series helps high school freshmen set goals and plan their futures. More than 200 volunteers have connected with almost 400 girls.
  • Since 2002, Women United members have contributed over 1.5 million to the Healthy Youth initiative.
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 Women's Leadership Council Co-chairs

Christine Liu McLaughlin
Women United Global Leadership Council Representative
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Robyn Ludtke
Waukesha County Business Alliance

Jenny Nikolai
Froedtert Health

Jessica Zeratsky
Husch Blackwell


 Women's Leadership Council Members

Sandra Botcher*
Northwestern Mutual

Nafessa Burdine

Patty Cadorin
BMO Harris Bank

Sharon Canter
Community Leader

Cheryl Carron
Sodexo Corporate Services

Stephanie Chedid
Luther Manor

Lisa Cieslak
GMR Marketing

Margaret Crowley

Julia Currie
Direct Supply

Jane Durment*
The Marcus Corporation - Retiree

Jennifer Fahey

Linda Gorens-Levey*
General Capital Group

Ruth Kallio-Mielke
Deloitte LLP

Tracy Kreuser
American Society for Quality, Inc.

Kristin Layeux
Hertz Investment Group

Gail Lione*

Emily Mason
Northwestern Mutual

Linda Mellowes*
Community Leader

Amy O'Brien
Enterprise Holdings

Candy Pindyck*
Community Leader

Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes
Foley & Lardner LLP

Kelly Savage
Northwestern Mutual

Andrea Schneider
Marquette University

Thelma Sias
We Energies - Retiree

Lynn Sprangers
54 Hands Production

Ann Stadler
The Marcus Corporation

Mary Ellen Stanek*

Denise Thomas
The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Majo Thurman
Rockwell Automation

Anne Tidmore
Johnson Financial Group

Susan Waldman
Molson Coors Beverage Company

Aimee Wiedmeyer
Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Stacy Williams
Baird - Private Wealth Management

Leslie Wininger
Advocate Aurora Health

Melody Wolske*

Kim Marie Wynn
Quarles & Brady LLP

*Emeritus Member

Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining Women United, please contact Mimi Laflin via email or at 414.263.8136.

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
  • Susan C. Bellehumeur
  • Elizabeth Brenner
  • Patty Cadorin
  • Sharon Canter
  • Minnie Chambers
  • Margaret Crowley
  • Julie Divjak
  • Pamela Fendt
  • Charlene Gaebler-Uhing, M.D.
  • Linda Gorens-Levey
  • Susan and Dick Hackl
  • Melissa Hanon
  • Jacqueline Herd-Barber
  • Gail Lione
  • Christine Liu McLaughlin
  • Jan Martin
  • Linda Mellowes
  • Marie O’Brien
  • Candy Pindyck
  • Thelma Sias
  • Christina and Jeremy Simon
  • Lynn Sprangers
  • Ann Stadler
  • Mary Ellen Stanek
  • Elaine Sweet
  • Mary Thurman
  • Peggy and Ron Troy
  • Stacy Williams
  • Mary Lou Young
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

For more information please contact Jeriah Ebling at 414.263.8156 or via email.

Linda T. Mellowes "Woman Leader of the Year" Honorees 

2019 – Gail Lione
2018 – Elizabeth Brenner
2017 – Jane Durment
2016 – Jan Martin

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The one period students shouldn’t have to worry about in school.

Women United collects 100,000 menstrual products for local students.

© 2020 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.