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What is the Women’s Leadership Council?

Formed to Change Lives In Nevada

United Way of Southern Nevada Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) promotes community involvement and philanthropic giving among women in our community with the purpose of furthering United Way’s Community-based agenda. United Way is in a unique position to leverage the collective giving ability of women leaders in the community. Part of a national network of dedicated women philanthropists who have collectively raised over $1B in supporting United Way’s mission in the areas of Education, Health and Financial Stability, in southern Nevada, the WLC has raised over $1.6M in just seven years, investing their dollars in critical projects which are changing lives. From empowering at-risk teens to graduate, to helping young children learn how to read, to providing underserved students a medical home and preventative healthcare, to supporting on-the-edge women in their quest for employment and financial independence, these dynamic and generous women are truly change agents for the community.

WLC |  Vision and Mission The vision of the WLC is to strengthen the social landscape by engaging women leaders to inspire others in taking action, creating long-lasting change in the community through Health, Education  and Financial Stability. This influential group, led by volunteer co-chairwomen Rhonda Clausen  and Angel Williams, is forging the way to a better future through their gifts of time, leadership and financial support. The mission is to engage and develop our members to be leaders in creating impactful change in our community through Education, Health and Financial Stability.

 

WLC at Work The Women’s Leadership Council has aligned closely with United Way of Southern Nevada’s key impact areas. Members of the WLC take action in improving the lives of Southern Nevada’s children by their role in a number of critically important community projects.

The WLC Family Engagement Resource Centers The WLC has invested in United Way’s Family Engagement Resource Centers (FERCs). The Family Engagement Resource Centers are located in 4 local high schools and target underserved teens who may be at risk of dropping out. Through their involvement, these teens and their families receive support, comfort and resources to strengthen the home-school connection and assist in keeping kids on track to graduate. The FERCs are located in the following schools:

  • Clark
  • Sunrise Mountain
  • Eldorado
  • Silverado

This year the very first cohort of this project reached graduation eligibility. We proudly watched 279 seniors who had been identified as at-risk, walk the stage to receive their diploma.

Breakfast with Books In partnership with Spread the Word Nevada, the WLC sponsors “Breakfast with Books” once a month at Dean Peterson Elementary School. Families are treated to a light breakfast, a book reading, and a free developmentally appropriate and enriching book to build their home libraries.  The excitement and smiles on the children’s faces as they choose their new books is truly heartwarming. This important program promotes English literacy and fluency by increasing the number of available tools to promote language acquisition.

The Grand “Re-opening” of Martinez Elementary Health Clinic Shuttered in June of 2013, the Martinez Health Clinic needed funding to re-open its doors to serve nearly 2500 children a year. Both “un” and “under-insured”, these children needed primary preventative care, immunizations, and sick care. Without the WLC, CCSD, and Positively Kids, the clinic would have remained dark. Opened in January 2014, the clinic is being visited by many appreciative patients and community members. Learn more about Leah and her story as a patient of the clinic.

WLC Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship The WLC enjoyed the culmination of much hard work in the first ever Emerging Leadership Award for Women Scholarship in June 2014. Two highly deserving high school graduates wishing to attain post secondary education were granted the WLC Scholarship to assist with much needed college costs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet specific GPA requirements.

WLC Annual Suit Drive In its 6th year, the WLC Suit Drive coalesces our community together for donation of suits and professional items for women in need. These items are donated to agencies serving women in back-to-work programs. While we gathered over 7,000 items this past November, it takes just one suit to enable success and independence. Through this community event, we really are changing lives, one hanger at a time! Please join us in changing lives this Fall for the 7th Suit Drive, Friday, November 7th.

WLC Teachers in Libraries In partnership with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, “Teachers in Libraries” will provide 16 hours weekly of free after school homework help for students K-12. With the goal of bolstering student achievement rates by giving children added resources and time, the WLC continues to support children and families in providing educational resources to those who most need it.

Girls on the Run 5K Supporting girls in the lifelong endeavor to increase physical activity and healthy eating, this year the WLC is sponsoring this fun run for girls which incorporates positive youth development curricula. Save the date for November 23rd , 2014 for this amazing day of exercise, learning, and meeting goals.

WLC & The Paradise Park Clinic  This year, in partnership with Volunteers In Medicine, the WLC assists in delivering extended services at this clinic to 450 patients, offering education, and treatment to infants, children and adults. Via early screening, detection and treatment, patients will receive best in breed care.

WLC Financial Literacy Training for Women Continuing to support women gaining independence, the WLC brings one-on-one budgeting, financial literacy and rental counseling to residents working towards leaving transitional housing and living on their own. Through the Women’s Development Center,women learn to establish short and long term financial goals as well as how to manage a monthly budget.

 


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WLC Meeting and Events Calendar

Please mark your calendars. See you there!

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August 6, 2014 (Wed) – August 7, 2014 (Thu)
MGM Grand Conference Center

2014 Women’s Leadership Conference presented by MGM Resorts Foundation
Join hundreds of motivated women along with a dynamic lineup of engaging and inspirational speakers for a two-day journey designed to enhance your career, build your professional network and maximize your leadership potential. The programming content will feature subject matter in four basic areas: personal development (such as health maintenance, financial management, stress management, presentation,Continue Reading

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September 24, 2014 (Wed)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
UWSN

WLC Executive Committee and General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting 10am – 11:30am UWSN Executive Conference Room General Membership Meeting 11:30am – 1:00pm UWSN Board Room

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October 23, 2014 (Thu)
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom

Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration 2014
Sponsorship opportunities available. Click for info. Join us for a celebration of our donors and workplace campaigns who support us throughout the year! We are hosting our annual 2014 Community in Blue | Campaign Celebration on Thursday, October 23 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino, Brasilia Ballroom. The event celebrates United Way’s recentContinue Reading

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October 29, 2014 (Wed)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

WLC Leadership Luncheon Series
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm for our next Executive Leadership Luncheon. Dr. Kate Zhong – Alzheimer’s Research Members only. $45.

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November 7, 2014 (Fri)
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM
NV Energy

WLC Annual Women’s Fall Suit Drive
Hosted by the United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council, the annual one-day suit drive collects suits and other business attire for women in need. The drive helps women prepare for career opportunities and gain confidence to succeed during job interviews and in the workplace. Last year’s drive collected more than 7,000 professional itemsContinue Reading

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January 21, 2015 (Wed)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
UWSN

WLC Executive Committee and General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting 10am – 11:30am UWSN Executive Conference Room General Membership Meeting 11:30am – 1:00pm UWSN Board Room

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February 20, 2015 (Fri)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

WLC Annual Luncheon Fashion Show
Join United Way of Southern Nevada’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) for the WLC Luncheon Fashion Show, recognizing the WLC’s impact in the community and women community leaders who demonstrate a commitment to improving southern Nevada. The event includes an exclusive DKNY fashion show, featuring WLC members as the models. 11:00am – 11:30am  |  Networking , Pop-Up BoutiqueContinue Reading

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May 20, 2015 (Wed)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
UWSN

WLC Executive Committee and General Membership Meeting
Executive Committee Meeting 10am – 11:30am UWSN Executive Conference Room General Membership Meeting 11:30am – 1:00pm UWSN Board Room

WLC Executive Committee 2014-2015

As of July 1st, we welcome new 2014 Executive Committee members:

Beth Campbell, Co-chair Annual Luncheon Committee
Robyn Caspersen – at large member
Jennifer Fickel – Co-chair Annual Luncheon Committee
Rosamari McNulty – at large member
Keri Serrano-Long, Co-chair Volunteerism Committee
Monte Smith – at large member
Della Tilsher, Co-chair Outreach and New Member Engagement Committee
Sharon Lipscomb, Co-chair Outreach and New Member Engagement Committee

Committee List

WLC Co-Chairs Rhonda Clausen
Angel Williams
Vice Chair Rosemary West
WLC Chair Emeritus Deb Mele-Blanchard
Family Engagement Resource Center (F.E.R.C.) / Mentoring Co-Chairs Sandy Dewees
Doris Krick
Barbara Doble
Outreach & New Member Engagement Co-Chairs Janet Linder
Della Tisher
Sharon Lipscomb
Project Funding Co-Chairs Judy Kropid
Nancy Reel
Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Beth Campbell
Jennifer Fickel
Leadership Co-Chairs Shelley M. Dubin
Marilyn Spiegel
Nominating Co-Chairs Deb Mele-Blanchard
Robbie Graham
Volunteerism Co-Chairs Rebecca Howell
Keri Serrano-Long
Members at Large V. Joy Avedesian
Susan Best
Carol Brink
Robyn Caspersen
Laura Hoenemeyer
Rosamari McNulty
Monte Smith
Linda Staley

 

 

 

WLC Membership List

 

Please welcome these new members since 7/1/13.

Anne Aniello-Wayman – Kaercher Campbell & Associates
Rita DeSimone –  First Federal Realty DeSimone
Marsha Larson
Monte Smith – Brown and Brown
Holly Lloyd – SW Gas
Maria Gatti – MGM Resorts
Magaly Munoz-Mejorado – MGM Resorts
Tammy Seichi – Ernst & Young
Jennifer Fickel – Enterprise Holdings
Phyllis Radack – National Security Technologies
Mikey Bilbray
Jane Ann Pete-Kasick – National Security Technologies
Paula Browne – Wells Fargo
Philamee Bennett – Caesars Entertainment
Janice Paligutan Barr – Diamond Resorts International
Betty Mayer – UNLV Foundation
Ingrid Reisman – Las Vegas Monorail
Tara Young
Kathryn Bonello – Nathan Adelson Hospice
Elizabeth Brickfield – Lionel Sawyer & Collins
Virginia Christenson – Wells Fargo
Malinda Maile – UBS Financial
Jennifer Caro –  PRMG
Darci Poloni Wall – Poloni  & Associates
Karie Hall – Caesars Entertainment
Eileen Moore – Caesars Entertainment
Kristin McMillan – Metro Chamber of Commerce
Caralee Kecman-Allen   - Vegas Group Realty
Julie Donohue – MGM Resorts
Hedy Woodrow – Wynn Las Vegas
Sandra Baker – Clark County Fire Department
Samantha Cunningham – Robert Half
Jocelyn Bluitt – Fisher – Wynn Las Vegas
Jenifer Taylor
Janet Chao – East West Bank

Complete Membership List

Anne Aniello-Wayman
Victoria Joy Avedesian
Sandra Baker
Janice Paligutan Barr
Jody Belsick

Philamee Bennett
Susan Best

Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher
Mikey Bilbray
Kathryn Bonello
Linda Bonnici

Elizabeth Brickfield
Carol Brink

Paula Browne
Beth Campbell

Chris Cappas
Diane M. Carlson
Jennifer Caro
Robyn Caspersen
Janet Chao
Virginia Christenson

Rhonda Clausen
Cheryl A. Constantino
Denette Corrales
Jeri Crawford
Rachelle M. Crupi
Samantha Cunningham
Krista J. Darnold

Rita DeSimone
Sandra L. Dewees
Barbara Doble
Julie Donohue
Shelley M. Dubin

Doretha Easler
Nikki Etherington
Jennifer Fickel
Jill Fournier
Abbie G. Friedman
Lindsay Garcia
Maria Jose Gatti
Kate Gilman
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
Jeanne Goodrich

Tammy Grabel
Robbie Graham
Karie Hall
Julie Higgins
Danylle Hitchen

Laura K. Hoenemeyer
Nancy Houssels
Rebecca Howell
Deanna Iniguez
Florence Jameson, M.D.
Terri Janison
Cathy Jones
Bea Katz
Caralee Kecman-Allen
Linda Kirk

Doris J. Krick
Judy Kropid
Tanya LaCosse
Dee Ladd
Lawrel K. Larsen
Marsha Larson
Rosemary Lato
Ruth Lauber
Cynthia Lee
Janet Linder
Sharon Lipscomb

Holly Lloyd
Malinda Maile
Linda Marvin

Punam Mathur
Betty Mayer
Kristin McMillan
Rosamari McNulty

Josephine McPeak
Deb Mele-Blanchard
Dianne Merkey
Amy Meyer
Connie Micatrotto
Darlene Miller
Sandi Milton
Bobbi Miracle
Eileen Moore
Jennifer Morgan

Shari Morrison
Magaly Munoz-Mejorado
Emily T. Neilson

Helen Palmer
Jane Ann Pete-Kasick
Shannon Petersen

Kimberly Planchunas
Audrey Plotkin
Darci Poloni Wall
Jillian Prieto

Kate Puterman
Sharry Quillin
Phyllis Radack
Nancy Reel
Ingrid Reisman
Dilek Samil

Tammy Seichi
Keri Serrano-Long
Allyn Jaffrey Shulman
Monte Smith
Lori Soren
Marilyn Spiegel
Linda Staley
Judy Stokey
Lizette B. Sundvick
Jennifer Taylor
Della Tilsher

Lori Tuntland
Lori Ware
Rosemary West
Carolyn Wheeler
Angel Williams
Jacquelyn Williams
Nancy Wong
Hedy Woodrow
Tara Young

Please, welcome our New Members for 2013-2014!

Ways To Get Involved | Executive Committee Descriptions

Nominating Committee | Deb Mele-Blanchard and Robbie Graham, Co-Chairs
Committee is responsible for recommending WLC members to serve on the WLC Executive Committee and annually nominating a slate of Officers when vacancies occur.

Project Funding Committee | Judy Kropid and Nancy Reel, Co-Chairs
The Committee partners with United Way’s Community Development department and the Health, Education and Financial Stability Councils to identify, review,and propose projects to the WLC Executive Committee  and general membership for approval.

Family Engagement Resource Centers (F.E.R.C.) Committee | Sandy Dewees, Doris Krick and Barbara Doble, Co-Chairs
The goals of this five year initiative include site-based strategies in 5 local high schools to increase communication with parents about student requirements to graduate on time and achieve post-secondary success.  Teams are created at Clark, Eldorado, Silverado, Sunrise Mountain and Western to assist AmeriCorps staff members with events and mentoring opportunities. Committee meets to assess and organize a program relative as to how volunteers from the WLC could best assist and mentor high school students in the five WLC high schools with the FERC program to promote their career development and financial stability.

Outreach & Membership Engagement Committee | Janet Linder, Della Tisher and Sharon Lipscomb, Co-Chairs
Committee plans, implements and promotes networking, programs and opportunities for current and prospective WLC members that may include outreach events, follow- up strategies and membership engagement activities.

Leadership Committee | Shelley M. Dubin and Marilyn Spiegel, Co-Chairs
Committee is responsible for planning “members only” events for the purpose of: 1) sharing the interest and promoting the involvement of the members, and 2) educating and inspiring women on relevant or community–based topics.  Events may include, but are not limited to, Breakfast in the Boardroom meetings and Leadership Luncheons that offer intimate one-on-one opportunities to meet with community female leaders.

Annual Women’s Luncheon Committee | Beth Campbell and Jennifer Fickel, Co-Chairs
Committee plans and implements the annual luncheon with the purpose of creating awareness about the Women’s Leadership Council and its mission and accomplishments, encouraging participation and recruiting new members.

Volunteerism Committee | Rebecca Howell and Keri Serrano-Long, Co-Chairs
Committee identifies and coordinates volunteer projects that are in alignment with United Way’s core mission areas. Projects/sub-committee may include but are not limited to: Annual Women’s Suit Drive, Annual Women’s Luncheon and the Women’s Career Development Mentoring. 

Career Development Mentoring Committee | Doris Krick and Barbara Doble, Co-Chairs
One on one mentoring with women at The Shade Tree in their back to work program so they have a positive job-interview experience.

For more information about becoming a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, contact: Lawrel K. Larsen  |  Director, Women’s Leadership/Major Gifts at LawrelL@uwsn.org or 702-892-2319.

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Nancy Houssels was recognized as one of “eight women who shaped life in Las Vegas and Nevada” by author and historian Michael Green.

Nancy is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council, as well as a board member of the UNLV Foundation, The Meadows School and Nevada International Women’s Forum, among others. She co-founded the Nevada Dance Theatre, which became the Nevada Ballet Theatre in 1997.

Congratulations, Nancy!

Nancy Houssels Highlighted for her Impact on Nevada

In an article in the Las Vegas Review Journal from Sunday, March 30th, eight women were highlighted by author and historian Michael Green for their significant impact on the state of Nevada. Read about our very own Nancy Houssels– very impressive! But we knew that already… Nancy Houssels Nancy Houssels was born in California andContinue Reading

Member News | March 2014

A heartfelt welcome to: Janice Paligutan Barr – Diamond Resorts International Philamee Bennett – Caesars Entertainment Mikey Bilbray Paula Browne – Wells Fargo Roberta Gardner – Wells Fargo Betty Mayer – UNLV Foundation Jane Ann Pete-Kasick – National Security Technologies Ingrid Reisman – Las Vegas Monorail Tara Young – Diamond Resorts International If you haveContinue Reading

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Member News | January 2014

Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice recently hosted a death dinner party for 17 relatives and friends.  According to the December 2013 AARP Bulletin newsletter, this topic is becoming “a hot topic of conversation at boomer dinner parties.  Our society doesn’t like to talk about death but someone has to take aContinue Reading

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From the Committees… | Volunteerism Committee July 2014

The Volunteerism committee finished the 2013-2014 year with the Breakfast with Books (BWB) event at Dean Peterson Elementary on May 13th with 208 parents and children in attendance. The next event is scheduled for Tuesday October 14, 2014 and we will send a request for volunteers in mid-September. Discussions for the Annual Suit Drive areContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Project Funding Committee July 2014

May was very special for the WLC. After five years of nurturing we were able to see the results of our funding. For an update of the great work at the FERCs, please see the Family Engagement Resource Center committee report. Another highlight of the year was meeting the two recipients of the first everContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Mentoring Committee July 2014

The Mentoring and Mock Interview Program at The Shade Tree Residence: We have a fabulous group of women volunteers sharing their time and energies on a scheduled basis with the resident women at Shade Tree. The Shade Tree development program is coordinated and managed by Maggie Mendez, Workforce Coordinator of The Shade Tree. As volunteers,Continue Reading

From the Committees… | Leadership Committee July 2014

The Leadership Committee is planning three events this year, one for October, January, and May. We have confirmed our January event to be a luncheon at the new Elizabeth Blau restaurant, Made.LV, at Tivoli Village in Summerlin. Elizabeth will provide an overview of her career as well as her ever-expanding restaurant mix. She will alsoContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Outreach and Membership Engagement Committee July 2014

On Wednesday evening, June 18th members and their guests attended the Mix & Mingle held at Janet and Stephen Linder’s home. A fun time was had by all – the drinks were flowing, the bartenders were cute and the conversation was lively! Our newest member, Jenifer Taylor, attended and joined! Thank you to Della TilsherContinue Reading

From the Committees… | FERC Committee July 2014

May was an exciting time for the WLC and our Family Engagement Resource Center (FERC) graduating seniors! The seniors entered the FERC program as incoming freshmen when they were identified by CCSD of being 100% at risk to drop out. This is our first graduating class and we had 279 students walking across the stageContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Annual Luncheon Committee | July 2014

Mark your calendars for Friday, February 20, 2015 for our annual luncheon fashion show at the lovely Four Seasons Hotel. The sponsorship sub-committee, chaired by Deb Mele-Blanchard, began meeting in May to renew the 2014 sponsors and obtain new sponsors. This year’s goal is to secure four presenting Sponsors, who will each present one ofContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Outreach and Membership Engagement Committee May 2014

The Outreach Committee is alive and well, Chaired by Janet Linder (Community Philanthropist) & Della Tilsher (UPS). Our other enthusiastic members are Paula Browne (Wells Fargo), Virginia Christenson (Wells Fargo), Laura Hoenemeyer (CBC Benefits), Sharon Lipscomb (McDonald’s Restaurant Owner & Operator/Lipscomb Group, Inc.), Audrey Plotkin (Community Philanthropist), Monte Smith (Brown & Brown), Malinda Maile (UBSContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Volunteerism Committee May 2014

Breakfast with Books (BWB) concluded for the current school year at Dean Petersen Elementary School on May 13th. 183 parents and children attended in March, 81 in April and 208 in May. Volunteer opportunities for WLC members include: Annual Suit Drive (November 7, 2014) Ongoing opportunities with the FERC program The Shade Tree mentoring and mock interviewContinue Reading

From the Committees… | Mentoring Committee May 2014

The Mentoring and Mock Interview Program at the Shade Tree Residence: We have a fabulous group of women volunteers sharing their time and energies on a scheduled basis with the resident women at Shade Tree. The Shade Tree development program is coordinated and managed by Maggie Mendez, Workforce Coordinator of Shade Tree. As volunteers, weContinue Reading