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2022 Women United Bruncheon

Miss the 2022 Women United Bruncheon where we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the power of women as philanthropists, volunteers, and change makers. 

Watch the event recording

Women United mobilizes a powerful network of women who strengthen our community through an investment of talent, compassion, and philanthropy. Women United fights for women’s empowerment and financial stability. 

Member Criteria

Annual individual gift of $1,200 or more
Annual joint gift of $2,400 or more

Member Benefits

Recognition in the United Way Leadership Registry (optional)
Exclusive invitations to member events and volunteer opportunities
Additional educational and networking opportunities

Become a Member Today

If your employer runs a United Way workplace campaign, please give $1,200+ through your workplace. All other donors click “Donate Now & Join” to open a new page and start your online donation. You will need to create a username and password so you can make your gift today.

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Learn how you can get on a pathway to leadership giving.

Council Members

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Women's Leadership Council Co-chairs

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Christine Liu McLaughlin, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.
Women United Global Leadership Council Representative

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Patty Cadorin, Community Leader

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Julia Currie, Direct Supply

Women's Leadership Council Members

Sandra Botcher, Northwestern Mutual*

Lori Bottoni, Enterforce

Sharon Canter, Community Leader

Cheryl Carron, Jones Lang LaSalle*

Stephanie Chedid, Luther Manor

Lisa Cieslak, GMR Marketing

Lee Anne Conta, von Briesen & Roper, s.c. 

Margaret Crowley, MGIC

Jane Durment, The Marcus Corporation - Retiree*

Jennifer Fahey, PwC

Lisa Fernandez, Deloitte LLP

Linda Gorens-Levey, General Capital Group*

Ann Granitz, BMO Harris Bank

Rebecca Kennedy, A. O. Smith Corporation

Meg Kurlinski, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Kristin Layeux, Hertz Investment Group

Gail Lione, Dentons*

Robyn Ludtke, Waukesha County Business Alliance

Emily Mason, Northwestern Mutual

Linda Mellowes, Community Leader*

Jenny Nikolai, Mayo Clinic

Amy O'Brien, Enterprise Holdings

Candy Pindyck, Community Leader*

Jan Pirozzolo-Mellowes, Foley & Lardner LLP

Leslie Plamann, EY

Andrea Schneider, Cardozo Law School

Thelma Sias, We Energies - Retiree

Lynn Sprangers, 54 Hands Productions

Ann Stadler, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Mary Ellen Stanek, Baird*

Denise Thomas, The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Majo Thurman, Rockwell Automation

Anne Tidmore, Johnson Financial Group

Susan Waldman, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Aimee Wiedmeyer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Stacy Williams, Baird - Private Wealth Management

Leslie Wininger, Advocate Aurora Health

Melody Wolske, PwC*

Katrene Zelenovskiy, Quarles & Brady LLP

Jessica Zeratsky, Dykema

*Emeritus Member

Linda T. Mellowes Woman Leader of the Year Award

In honor of Linda T. Mellowes and her outstanding leadership and philanthropy, we recognize the Woman Leader of the Year at our annual Women United Bruncheon.

The Woman Leader of the Year honoree is a person who exhibits strong leadership and is highly respected in our community. She serves as a role model and mentor to other women and girls. She gives back to the local community through her talent, compassion, and philanthropy. This leader demonstrates a commitment to inspire others to be strong advocates for women and girls throughout our community.

Past Honorees
2022 - Dr. Mary Kellner
2021 - Mary Ellen Stanek
2020 - Thelma A. Sias   
2019 - Gail Lione
2018 - Elizabeth Brenner    
2017 - Jane Durment    
2016 - Jan Martin


Women United Endowment Fund

The Women United Endowment Fund will be used to support evidence-based strategies that align with United Way’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative in perpetuity. This fund recognizes the outstanding efforts of Elizabeth Brenner and the women and men who have made significant investments of time, talent, and treasure in this important initiative since its inception. To learn more or make a gift contact Francesca Kempfer at 414.263.8321 or via email.


Founding Members

  • Aurora Health Care
  • Nicole Angresano
  • Susan C. Bellehumeur
  • Elizabeth Brenner
  • Patty Cadorin
  • Sharon Canter
  • Minnie Chambers
  • Margaret Crowley
  • Julie Divjak
  • Pamela Fendt
  • Charlene Gaebler-Uhing, M.D.
  • Linda Gorens-Levey
  • Susan and Dick Hackl
  • Melissa Hanon
  • Jacqueline Herd-Barber
  • Gail Lione
  • Christine Liu McLaughlin
  • Jan Martin
  • Linda Mellowes
  • Marie O’Brien
  • Candy Pindyck
  • Thelma Sias
  • Christina and Jeremy Simon
  • Lynn Sprangers
  • Ann Stadler
  • Mary Ellen Stanek
  • Elaine Sweet
  • Mary Thurman
  • Peggy and Ron Troy
  • Stacy Williams
  • Mary Lou Young
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee


Get Involved

For questions or more information about joining Women United, please contact Casey Renn via email or at 414.263.8150.