“When caring women unite, children’s lives improve”

 

mgr_ELIWLC_thumb.jpgUnited Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection (WLC) members believe all children should start school ready to learn. Graduation from high school is an 18-year journey, beginning at birth. WLC invests in research-based strategies that ensure children are ready for kindergarten – the first step in that journey.

Since 2002, WLC contributions have exceeded $12 million to improve the network of care and learning that ensure young children are ready to succeed in school. More than 600 of central Iowa’s most generous and influential women give their time, voice and resources to support quality early learning and provide opportunities for those who need it most.

 

WLC Members     WLC Programs

 

“I feel good knowing that the dollars I contribute to United Way WLC support young children in our community and puts them on the right path to be ready to start kindergarten. I also enjoy the networking opportunity that WLC events provide.”

– Jamie Schug, WLC member

 

Why Join?

  • Nothing is more important to our community than ensuring every young person succeeds in school. Through financial contributions, advocacy and volunteerism, Women’s Leadership Connection members ensure children are ready for kindergarten.Align your financial contribution and volunteer efforts to help children start kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.

  • Network with like-minded women and community leaders.

  • See first-hand how your investment is improving young children’s lives in central Iowa.

  • Be part of a nationally-recognized group of dedicated female philanthropists.

We’re inviting you to LIVE UNITED and join United Way of Central Iowa Women’s Leadership Connection with an investment of $1,000 or more for kindergarten readiness.

 

WLC Membership Benefits

Member level

  • Exclusive invitations to WLC events, where you can meet, learn from and connect with some of central Iowa’s most influential women.

  • Timely e-newsletters that relay information about your investment in kindergarten readiness, events and volunteer opportunities.

$1,000 Level

  • Membership in the Leadership Circle, a group of more than 3,500 local leaders contributing $1,000-9,999 to United Way of Central Iowa.

  • Recognition in our United Way of Central Iowa Community Report and Leadership Circle Registry, published annually.

  • Opportunity to participate on WLC committees that provide direction related to special events, volunteer opportunities, early childhood investments, fundraising and advocacy.

$2,500 level – Lead Woman

Step-Up

If you are ready to join WLC but cannot yet make the full financial commitment of $1,000 or $2,500, the step-up program is a great way to begin.

 

WLC Member
($1,000)

WLC Lead Woman
($2,500)

Women of Tocqueville ($10,000)

YEAR ONE

$500 (Minimum)

$1,500 (Minimum)

$5,000 (Minimum)

YEAR TWO

$750

$2,000

$7,500

YEAR THREE

$1000

$2,500

$10,000

 


Advisory Committee

Comprised of the Chairs of each WLC Committee, members of the Advisory Committee share updates on each area, discuss strategic direction, and assist with on-going communication and explore ways to highlight WLC successes and early childhood issues.

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WLC CHAIR
Natali Justiniano Pahl Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Assistant Vice President,
Human Resources Systems and Support
The Principal Financial Group


Carrie Bening WLC_Badge.png
Lonnie Dafney WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Jem Gong-Browne WLC_Badge.png
Linda Graff
Lynn Graves Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Siobhan Harman WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Debbie Hubbell Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

Cathy Lacy Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kathleen Lillis WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Jessica McCulloh Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Joyce Pingel WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Denise Smithson Green WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Maria Volante WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

WLC Advocacy Committee

Monitor and engage in legislative activities related to early childhood learning including interaction with legislators and hosting advocacy-related educational sessions for WLC members.

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ADVOCACY CHAIR
Mandi McReynolds WLC_Badge.png
Global Community Relations Manager Principal Financial Group

Emily Abbas Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Susan Aschenbrenner Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Anne Bacon WLC_Badge.png
Heather Bahe WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Margaret Borgen WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Teree Caldwell-Johnson WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Carrie Clogg WLC_Badge.png
Martha Crist WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Lonnie Dafney WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Cheryl Dahlquist WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Stephanie Darbo WLC_Badge.png
Darcy Darrah WLC_Badge.png
Danielle Foster-Smith WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Michelle Giffith WLC_Badge.png
Emily Hamilton WLC_Badge.png
Suzanne Heckenlaible WLC_Badge.png
Christine Hensley WLC_Badge.png
Ashley Holter WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Karman Hotchkiss WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kristin Hurd WLC_Badge.png
Natali Justiniano Pahl Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Carrie King WLC_Badge.png
Lara Liss WLC_Badge.png
Judy McCoy Davis WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Dr. Andrea McGuire WLC_Badge.png
Becky Nash WLC_Badge.png
Susan Pegg WLC_Badge.png
Beth Roy WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Lauren Sartwell WLC_Badge.png
Marla Sheffler WLC_Badge.png
Melissa Shields WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kira Sisson WLC_Badge.png
Georgann Smith WLC_Badge.png
Cari Spear WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Mikki Stier WLC_Badge.png
Georgia Van Gundy Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Stacie Webstre WLC_Badge.png
Erika Williams WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

WLC Investment Committee

Develop new investment strategies, monitor current investments, make annual funding recommendations and provide quarterly updates to UWCI Executive Committee.

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INVESTMENTS CHAIR
Jem Gong-Browne WLC_Badge.png
Assistant Director, Internal Audit Risk
Principal Financial Group

VICE CHAIR
Jess McCulloh Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of givingLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving


Wendy Batchelder WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Laura Beebe WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Michelle Book WLC_Badge.png
Christine Bruner WLC_Badge.png
Jean Durant WLC_Badge.png
Mary Gottschalk WLC_Badge.png
Debbie Hubbell Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Tessie Johnson Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

Julia Lawler-Johnson Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kathleen Lillis WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Judy McCoy Davis WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Eve Patterson WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Sherry Perkins WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Joyce Pingel WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Jamie Schug WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Ellen Willadsen Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

Women’s Leadership Connection members invest their money, expertise, time and influence to strengthen our community’s network of early learning for young children— helping them begin kindergarten ready to read, learn, succeed.

Your WLC contributions and volunteer action:

  • Support 18 early learning centers and more than 200 in-home care proviers, giving 2,000 children a nurturing, safe and enriching environment in which to learn and grow

  • Improve children's health and development by promoting quality child care, school readiness and early grade reading skills

  • Provide facility improvements, curriculum enhancements, wage incentives and training for teachers and staff

  • Participate in volunteer opportunites such as Stuff The Bus book drive and the Book Buddy reading program


WLC Special Events Volunteer Engagement Committee

Plan and execute special events for WLC members including networking, education, and recognition of child care providers reaching milestones.

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VOLUNTEER ENGAGEMENT CHAIR
Denise Smithson Green WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Director, Ticket Office
Des Moines Performing Arts

VICE CHAIR
Lonnie Dafney WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving


Emily Abbas Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Jenene Armstrong WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Heather Bahe WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Lora Brons WLC_Badge.png
Cheryl Dalhquist WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Stephanie Darbo WLC_Badge.png
Christina Davis WLC_Badge.png
Marian Flattery WLC_Badge.png
Michelle Giffith WLC_Badge.png
Suzanne Heckenlaible WLC_Badge.png

Joelle Knowler WLC_Badge.png
Lara Liss WLC_Badge.png
Becky Nash WLC_Badge.png
Nancy Sandor WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kira Sisson WLC_Badge.png
Georgann Smith WLC_Badge.png
Mikki Stier WLC_Badge.png
Chris Terhark WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Erika Williams WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

WLC 2015 Fundraising Committee

Provides input to determine annual WLC fundraising goal and reaches out via personal phone calls and written communication to assist with renewing and prospecting members.

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FUNDRAISING CHAIR
Siobahn Harman WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Real Estate Development Manager
Kum & Go

VICE CHAIR
Carrie Bening WLC_Badge.png


Jenene Armstong WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Kira Barclay WLC_Badge.png
Lisa Bender WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Jennifer Fegter WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Colleen Friedman WLC_Badge.png
Carrie King WLC_Badge.png


Andrea Kloberdanz WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Erin Kouri WLC_Badge.png
Mary O'Keefe Tocqueville Society Member - $10,000 or higher gift to United Way in previous yearWLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Dayle C. Sanders WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving
Marla Sheffler WLC_Badge.png
Renee D. Wood WLC_Badge.pngLoyal Donor - 10+ years of giving

"The Women's Leadership Connection has been a powerful force in central Iowa for preschool children in need. We are proud to have raised millions and invested in some amazing programs to help kids."

Ka'Meka Lowery

Ka'Meka Lowery
Women's Leadership Connection Director

 

klowery@unitedwaydm.org   (515) 246-6541