United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Women’s Leadership Breakfast


Creating tomorrow’s leaders through the power of women in philanthropy.

Thank you to those who attended United Way’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast! Your leadership, passion, and energy is helping to create tomorrow’s leaders, one young person at a time. 

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast is the premier event for women in philanthropy in the Greater Boston area, bringing together more than 1,000 business and community leaders to raise awareness and support for vital programs in our region. Together, we are doing more than any of us can do alone!

Hosted by United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, this annual Breakfast harnesses the power of women in philanthropy to “Create Tomorrow’s Leaders.” It attracts a “Who’s Who” of the region’s most powerful women, bringing together important local leaders to connect, share, and raise funds, while enjoying an inspirational morning.

2016 Event Chairs:
Susan Esper, Deloitte
Nancy Stokes, State Street
Karen White, Sun Life

KEYNOTE: Liz Murray

Liz MurrayHer personal memoir “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard” is an incredible example of perseverance and triumph over adversity.  Her story reminds us what it takes to make a difference in people’s lives.


Women Who LIVE UNITED Honorees

The “Women Who LIVE UNITED” award was established in 2011 to celebrate local influential leaders who use their own power, as well as the collective power of women, to change lives.  This year, we will honor Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and Representative Alice Peisch for their advocacy on behalf of children, ensuring that they have the opportunities and resources needed for educational success.

Senator Linda Dorcena Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in various capacities in both state and local government for more than two decades. Currently, Senator Forry chairs the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, the Joint Committee on Housing and the Special Senate Committee on Housing.

Representative Alice Peisch serves as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. During her tenure, she has tackled a broad range of issues on topics such as special education, charter schools, education collaboratives, curriculum, and school finance.


  • The Impact: Create Tomorrow’s Leaders. Through the power of Women United, your participation does more than any of us could do alone – giving more young people the opportunity, support, and confidence to become a leader in his or her own community.
  • The Inspiration: Enjoy an empowering keynote and inspirational stories that will stay with you long after the coffee is gone. This year’s speaker is Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. You will also hear stories that highlight how your support is creating positive, lasting change for people in need.
  • The Connection: Meet and network with more than 1,000 women leaders from a variety of communities, industries and top companies in our region.

For additional information contact Lily Lynch, Senior Director of Women’s Philanthropy, at llynch@supportunitedway.org or 617-624- 8145.

Learn more about the Women’s Leadership Council.

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