United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Women’s Leadership Council


“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council has given me the opportunity to meet and engage with incredible women while creating positive change in the community.”

Founded and led by women, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is like no other women’s group in the world and honors the power and influence of women in philanthropy. For more than 20 years, WLC members have been coming together to help create the next generation of leaders. Globally, we’re the largest women’s philanthropic organization of our kind – with almost 70,000 members and more than $1 billion raised.

Locally, our mission is simple: Create Tomorrow’s Leaders by mobilizing the collective power of women. Our more than 1,200 members are actively creating opportunities for children and young people: stemming summer learning loss, creating valuable summer youth work experiences, and funding scholarships that help remarkable young people become the first in the family to attend college.

Throughout the year, the WLC offers fun networking opportunities, inspiring educational events, and hands-on volunteer experiences.


Be inspired at the Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, joining 1,000 women leaders for an unforgettable morning with extraordinary speakers.

Network with the most inspirational and accomplished women leaders throughout the year at our quarterly events.

Create Tomorrow’s Leaders. Mentor, sponsor a summer internship, conduct a mock interview, serve as a guest speaker to youth, plan the annual Community Baby Shower, prepare college care packages, and more!

Use your influence by serving on a board, hosting an event, advocating, leading a committee, or volunteering your professional skills.


  • WINGS (Women Investing in the Next Generation), a group of younger professional women within the WLC, focused on mentoring and supporting future leaders.
  • Women in Action, the women’s leadership group focused on our North Shore region. Learn more.
  • Women’s Leadership Council of the Greater Seacoast, a regional women’s group focused on the New Hampshire Seacoast area.

For more information about joining Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lily Lynch at llynch@unitedwaymassbay.org.