Women’s Leadership

Women are changing the human condition in Dane County

Welcome from the Chair

Monique Scher, 2016 Women's Leadership Chair

I’m extremely excited to serve as the 2016 Women’s Leadership Council Chair! This Leadership Giving program is continuing to build incredible momentum coming off of a successful year in 2015, and we are propelling ourselves forward into 2016, what we believe will be a record year.

Reflecting back on 2015, we accomplished so many great things: we honored Enid Glenn as Woman of the Year in Philanthropy, we held many networking and professional development events for our members, and most importantly we raised more than $75,000 for Schools of Hope. There’s a great sense of pride and positive feelings that come from being philanthropic and helping others in need. When we give back together as a community, we can accomplish amazing things.

There are so many benefits to being part of Women’s Leadership. We support the Schools of Hope program which is critically important to the mission of having all children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. We learn from other women leaders in our community through round table events, panel discussions, and speed mentoring events. We also participate in wonderful networking opportunities. I encourage you to attend one of our events, or reach out to me directly for information about how to get involved.

I’m passionate about United Way, supporting Schools of Hope, the Agenda for Change, and the professional development of women. Women’s Leadership has allowed me to follow my passion and meet so many incredible women committed to changing the human condition.

Please consider getting involved in Women’s Leadership through membership or volunteerism. I look forward to growing with our network in 2016!

Monique Scher
2016 Women’s Leadership Council Chair
Vice President Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Bank

United Way Women’s Leadership Council is addressing our Agenda for Change goals in Education, Safety, and Health. Join us and celebrate the power of women to bring about positive change to Dane County through philanthropy and service.

Our Focus: Schools of Hope
Schools of Hope provides one-to-one and one-to-two tutoring to elementary students by trained volunteers in literacy and math in concert with the teacher’s curriculum to more than 5,500 students in 38 elementary schools in Madison, Middleton/Cross Plains, and Sun Prairie. Since 2004, the council has invested over $300,000 to support the Schools of Hope tutoring program.

How to get involved

Financial resources are vital, especially in these times.
It takes the support of a special group of individuals
who step up to leadership roles in charitable giving.

Connect with a powerful network of caring women,
while learning about our community’s most pressing
issues and influence initiatives to address critical
community needs.

Drive change by becoming a volunteer. It takes women
in business, unions, government and social and civic
groups working together for change.

Upcoming events

Thursday, June 2: Women’s Leadership Breakfast & Woman of the Year in Philanthropy Award
Tuesday, June 21: Day of Action Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday, June 29: Membership Mixer and Concerts on the Square
Tuesday, July 19: Speed Mentoring
Tuesday, August 16: Days of Caring Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday, September 7: Grow Your Network
Thursday, October 6: Inspire Youth & You

For more information, please contact Lauren Rock at (608) 246-4377 or Lauren.Rock@uwdc.org.