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. 


Watch the 2021 Women United Bruncheon here.

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's Leadership Council

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 Women's Leadership Council Co-chairs

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

​Nafessa Burdine

Jenny Nikolai
Froedtert Health

Jessica Zeratsky
Husch Blackwell
 Women's Leadership Council Members

Sandra Botcher*
Northwestern Mutual

Lori Bottoni

Patty Cadorin
Community Leader

Sharon Canter
Community Leader

Cheryl Carron
Jones Lang LaSalle

Stephanie Chedid
Luther Manor

Lisa Cieslak
GMR Marketing

Lee Anne Conta
von Briesen & Roper, s.c. 

Margaret Crowley

Julia Currie
Direct Supply

Jane Durment*
The Marcus Corporation - Retiree

Jennifer Fahey

Lisa Fernandez
Deloitte LLP

Linda Gorens-Levey*
General Capital Group

Ann Granitz
BMO Harris

Meg Kurlinski
Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Kristin Layeux
Hertz Investment Group

Gail Lione*

Robyn Ludtke
Waukesha County Business Alliance

Emily Mason
Northwestern Mutual

Linda Mellowes*
Community Leader

Amy O'Brien
Enterprise Holdings

Candy Pindyck*
Community Leader

Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes
Foley & Lardner LLP

Andrea Schneider
Marquette University

Thelma Sias
We Energies - Retiree

Lynn Sprangers
54 Hands Productions

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

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. Below are the list of 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

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

2021 - Mary Ellen Stanek

2020 - Thelma A. Sias    2019 - Gail Lione

2018 - Elizabeth Brenner    2017 - Jane Durment    

2016 - Jan Martin


For questions or more information about joining Women United, please contact Casey Renn via email or at 414.263.8150. 

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