Membership Continues to Grow in Women’s Leadership Council

Program for Prominent Women Will Focus on Causes That Serve Children
Call it a “power” business breakfast that capped off Women’s History Month in 2014, sponsored by United Way of Greater Union County Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). The WLC breakfast initiated the Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow mentoring program, which brings together professional women and teen girls and/or Junior Female Ambassadors to participated in the Celebration of Womanhood conference.

Indeed, this group of dedicated women made it their mission to recruit women leadership to become mentors for girls leading up to the annual Celebration of Womanhood Conference. “When girls can see their own reflection in powerful women it gives girls’ the motivation to dream big,” stated Alison Yablonowitz, chair of the UWGUC Women’s Leadership Council and UWGUC Board of Trustees. 

One year later, the group spread the word and gathered professional women who converged at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ.   The event spawned a powerful network of movers and shakers. While their value as leaders was emphasized, they also learned about the Women’s Leadership Council and how their expertise can make a change in our communities.

“A coalition of some of the brightest minds assembled in an effort to recruit them to become a part of the Women’s Leadership Council, which is growing,” continued Alison, who is also a Partner in Assurance Services at Ernst & Young LLP.   

The attendees were introduced to some of the issues the Council will be championing, like early childhood literacy.  They were attentive and responsive to the message delivered by special guest, Sarah Brelvi, Director of the Women’s Leadership Council for United Way of Northern, N.J., as well as Debbie-Ann Anderson, Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Greater Union County.  

As membership continues to climb, the over twenty women who attended the recruitment luncheon came from prominent companies such as Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, and other businesses throughout Union County.

Women who are interested may call Ghilianie Soto at 908-353-7171 or email