Women’s Leadership Celebration

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary women

Please join hundreds of Greater Boston’s most influential women Wednesday, October 14-22, 2020 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Women United.

2020 Chair: Jane Steinmetz, Boston Office Managing Principal, EY

Jane is the Office Managing Principal of the Boston office of EY, bringing over 25 years of experience leading high-performing teams and advocating for change. She’s active in the community, pursuing her passion to personally make a difference in youth mentoring and equality for all. Jane is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, United Way and the National Association of Corporate Directors – New England chapter and serves on the executive committee of the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Massachusetts Business Roundtable and on the Boston Club corporate advisory board and has been named to the Boston Business Journal Power 50 and Women Who Mean Business. 


Women United 25th Anniversary Virtual Celebration & KICK OFF

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

Keynote: Feminista Jones
Feminista is a Philadelphia-based feminist writer, public speaker, retired social worker, and community activist. She’s the author of four books, including the critically acclaimed, Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World From the Tweets to the Streets. Her work and activism focus on a mix of Black American culture, feminism, critical race theory, intersectionality, mental health, poverty, and women’s health. In addition to her work in the community, Feminista also sits on the boards of the Wayfinder Foundation and The Hope Center for Community College & Justice.

Cooking For A Cause

Prep for your Thanksgiving
Thursday, October 15, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Xyomie Padilla
Xyomie has always had a passion for food, wine and travel. In 1992, she graduated from The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts having studied under the Founder and Director of the school. She soon realized that to evolve as a Chef, she needed to understand wine so off she went to the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center at Boston University to cultivate her knowledge. Most recently, you can find Xyomie as the Director of Catering Sales at David’s Catering and Events in Woburn. Xyomie brings her passion for food to every menu, thinking outside the box to integrate culinary influences and flavors from around the globe.

Maria Nardella
Maria is a personal chef and co-owner of Sparkling Soirees – specializing in intimate affairs. She’s also a health coach and healthy living advocate, bringing a holistic lens to all she does and working with busy women to improve their health through food and lifestyle changes. From owning her own business to running large scale kitchens and planning events, Maria has always worked with the best possible ingredients, simply prepared and presented. It’s her mission to share the powerful healing and health your kitchen can bring you.

Community Conversation

Leadership During Crisis
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Noon – 1:00pm

Purses for a Purpose: Designer Handbag Auction

Thursday, October 22, 2020
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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The Impact: Join Women United in providing opportunities for those hardest hit this year. Together, we are building stronger neighborhoods by finding solutions to the most pressing problems, supporting crucial programs, and fighting for the financial stability and educational success of every person in our community

The Inspiration: Enjoy an empowering program and keynote that will continue to inspire and guide you throughout the coming year. You will also hear stories that highlight how your support is helping our community to recover and create positive, lasting change for those struggling most in our community.

The Connection: Meet and network with leaders from a variety of communities, industries, and top companies in our region and beyond.

Why you should sponsor

United Way’s Women United group is celebrating 25 years of successful community impact and meaningful support. Each year this event attracts almost 700 attendees from across Greater Boston. This year, we will be inviting other Women United groups across the East Coast to join us in the celebration. Join CEOs, partners, and leaders from dozens of industries, representing hundreds of companies, and hailing from neighborhoods and communities all across our region and country. Your sponsorship will support families in need throughout our footprint and showcases your commitment to our community. It’s co-branding with a conscience.

View the entire program here.

Questions?  Find out about the different ways to partner with United Way by clicking the Women’s Leadership Breakfast Sponsor Form below.



Women's Leadership Breakfast Sponsor Form

For more information about being a part of the Women’s Leadership Breakfast or joining Women United, contact Janet Collins at jcollins@supportunitedway.org.