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 Education, Health, 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 are 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:
- Sunrise Mountain
In 2014, the very first cohort of this project reached graduation eligibility. We proudly watched 279 seniors who had been identified by CCSD as 100 percent 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. 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 participating elementary schools are Jeffers, Paradise, Petersen, Twin Lakes and Whitney.
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, Monica Guiza and Leslie Miranda. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and meet specific GPA requirements.
WLC Annual Suit Drive The annual 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 almost 12,000 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 for the 8th Annual Suit Drive in November 2015.
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. It’s an 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 needed care.
WLC Stability for Families Continuing to support families 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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Please join UWSN’s Women’s Leadership Council for WLC Wednesday Happy Hour. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring a friend and meet other WLC members over a cocktail!Continue Reading
Executive Committee Meeting 10am – 11:30am UWSN Executive Conference Room General Membership Meeting 11:30am – 1:00pm UWSN Board RoomContinue Reading
The Breakfast with Books project is a monthly event held, in partnership with Spread the Word Nevada, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month during the 9 month school calendar at Dean Petersen Elementary School. This is a family event, and each child chooses a book to take home. Through the activities, parents learn expressive…Continue Reading
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 almost 12,000 professional items including suits,…Continue Reading
Flip Through Summer was a blast this year! We hope to see you again next year on May 14, 2016 for this special walk down storytime lane. Please bring the whole family to this fun-filled, free community event. The Third Annual 2016 FLIP THROUGH SUMMER will be a special day of celebration, imagination and will feature new books and…Continue Reading
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As of July 1st, we welcome new 2014 Executive Committee members:
Beth Campbell, Co-chair Annual Luncheon Committee
Robyn Caspersen – Vice Chair
Karie Hall – 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
Rosemary Lato, Co-chair Mentoring Committee
Marilyn Spiegel, Co-chair Leadership Committee
|WLC Co-Chairs||Rhonda Clausen
|Vice Chair||Robyn Caspersen|
|WLC Chair Emeritus||Deb Mele-Blanchard|
|Family Engagement Resource Center (F.E.R.C.) / Mentoring Co-Chairs||Sandy Dewees
|Outreach & New Member Engagement Co-Chairs||Janet Linder
|Project Funding Co-Chairs||Judy Kropid
|Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs||Beth Campbell
|Leadership Co-Chairs||Shelley M. Dubin
|Nominating Co-Chairs||Deb Mele-Blanchard
|Volunteerism Co-Chairs||Rebecca Howell
|Members at Large||V. Joy Avedesian
Please welcome these new members since 7/1/14.
Soraya Aguirre – Holland & Hart
Sandi Battles – UPS
Jill Bell – Nevada State Bank
Donna Cashman – Deloitte
Michelle Chatigny – Gaming Compliance Advisors, LLC
Wendy Colosi – Global Cash Access
Sallie Doebler – Korte Company
Laura Erhardt – Genentech
Monica Garin – Charleston Insurance Group
Mary Guliano – Vdara
Dawn LaBonte – Wells Fargo
JoyceLynn Lagula – Gensler
Eva Littman, M.D. – Red Rock Fertility
MJ Maynard – RTC
Rosemary Missisian-Serru – Weinberg,Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Deal, LLC
Michelle Polisano – Sephora
Vijaya Poluri – Quivx
Michelle Quinn – MCQ Fine Art
Donna Russell – PGAL
Rikki Tanenbaum – Golden Nugget
Ronna Wiseman – Las Vegas Metro
Emily Wofford – Caesars
Janice Wolfenbarger, M.D. – Red Rock Fertility
Complete Membership List
Victoria Joy Avedesian
Diane M. Carlson
Cheryl A. Constantino
Rachelle M. Crupi
Krista J. Darnold
Sandra L. Dewees
Shelley M. Dubin
Maria Jose Gatti
Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman
Florence Jameson, M.D.
Lawrel K. Larsen
Eva Littman, M.D.
Josephine Binetti McPeak
Emily T. Neilson
Jane Ann Pete-Kasick
Darci Poloni Wall
Please, welcome our New Members for 2014-2015!
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 Robyn Caspersen, 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, Rosemary Lato and Barbara Doble, Co-Chairs
The goals of this initiative include site-based strategies in 4 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 and Sunrise Mountain 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 four 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 Karie Hall, 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 | Rosemary Lato 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.