Women’s Leadership Breakfast

From Left to Right: Ellie Harrison, Breakfast Co-Chair; Theresa Brockelman, Breakfast Co-Chair; Kerry Sullivan, Keynote Speaker; Nephtalie Dorceus, Marian L. Heard Scholar Graduate; First Lady Lauren Baker, 2018 Women Who Live United Honoree; Tammi Wortham, Breakfast Co-Chair; Deb Lawrence, Breakfast Co-Chair; Mike Durkin, United Way President


Please join more than 700 of Greater Boston’s most influential women on Thursday, October 17, 2019 to celebrate the power of women in our community.


7:00 – 8:00 AM Registration and Networking
8:00 – 9:00 AM Program and Keynote
9:00 – 10:00 AM VIP Reception (by invite only – Sponsors and honored guests)



SARAH HURWITZ, “Finding your own voice”

Drawing on years of experience crafting powerful messages for game-changing leaders, Sarah Hurwitz offers audiences a behind- the-scenes look at public service and life in the White House. Hurwitz first wrote for President Barack Obama and then transitioned to chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama, helping to craft Mrs. Obama’s acclaimed 2016 Democratic National Convention speech.

Before working at the White House, Hurwitz was chief speechwriter for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential primary campaign and has written speeches for many other prominent candidates. Hurwitz also worked on policy issues affecting young women and girls as a senior advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Sarah Hurwitz will share insights from the White House and working with first Lady Michelle Obama—one of the most inspiring and influential women in the world. In addition, Hurwitz will speak to the importance of public service and finding your own voice in order to break through the noise and create lasting impact.

Sarah Hurwitz grew up in Massachusetts, attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School and has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian; interviewed on BBC’s Newshour; and featured in the Forward as one of 50 Jewish- Americans who impacted American life in 2016.

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 23 years, the Breakfast has brought together hundreds of women and raised funds and awareness for causes in the community.


The Impact: Families and Individuals. 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 leaders in their 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 women leaders from a variety of communities, industries and top companies in our region.

Why you should sponsor

United Way’s Women’s Leadership Breakfast is a cornerstone event for United Way and our community — Each year this event attracts almost 700 attendees from across Greater Boston. They are CEOs, Partners and leaders within dozens of industries, more than 100 companies, and neighborhoods and communities across the region. Your sponsorship supports families in need throughout our region and showcases your commitment to our community; 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.

Women's Leadership Breakfast Sponsors