United Way
of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley

Women’s Leadership Breakfast


Creating tomorrow’s leaders through the power of Women United.

Hosted by United Way’s Women United group, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast is a cornerstone event that celebrates and mobilizes the collective power of women. For 22 years, the Breakfast has brought together hundreds of women and raised funds and awareness for causes in the community.

Thank you to those who attended the 2017 Women’s Leadership Breakfast! Your leadership, passion, and energy is helping to create tomorrow’s leaders, one young person at a time. 

Be INSPIRED and EMPOWERED. CONNECT with hundreds of women leaders. Make an IMPACT.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 – 9 a.m. – Networking and Program
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. – Optional Breakout Sessions
Westin Waterfront
425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210


  • 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. 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.

2017 Co-Chairs

Deborah Lawrence, Bank of America
Theresa Brockelman, Deloitte
Ellie Harrison, John Hancock
Karen White, Sun Life Financial

2017 HONOREE—Ellen King

This year, we’ll honor Ellen King for her tremendous impact on United Way, Women United, and the community.

Over the past decade, Ellen has played a pivotal role in growing the Women United group— both in the Greater Boston area and across the country. Retired Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Sun Life Financial, Ellen served as Co-Chair of the Women United Executive Committee and as a Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Breakfast, helping to raise funds and the level of engagement among almost 2,000 Women United members. As a long-time United Way Board member, volunteer, and donor, she has truly made her mark on the organization.
Join Ellen and hundreds of leaders in the community to raise funds and awareness for causes in the community.

Keynote speaker

We are excited to welcome Susan Peters, GE’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources as this year’s Women United Keynote Speaker.  Susan will lead a Fireside Chat about how GE’s move to Boston has accelerated the company’s cultural transformation.


Overcoming Challenges Breakout Sessions
Breakfast attendees will have the option to participate in breakout sessions following the program. Led by leaders in the community, these sessions will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about challenges in the community, and be part of the solution. From equal pay for women to ending homelessness, there’s no shortage of challenges to tackle.

  • Session 1: Creating Financial Stability for Local Families
  • Session 2: Helping Students Achieve Educational Success
  • Session 3: Positioning Women to Thrive in Leadership Roles

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