Women’s Leadership Society

From CEOs to young women just starting out in their careers, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Society is for every woman in every stage of life. We believe in improving communities and are committed to making the St. Louis region a better place. Our Society is all about empowering women in their personal and professional lives by providing a space for them to connect through philanthropy and shared goals.

The Women’s Leadership Society supports women through the following three ways:

CircleCommunity
We are a growing community of over 3,600 women who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people in the St. Louis region. Our members network with fellow members through formal and informal events throughout the year. We use the power of our community to bring driven women together to address social issues.

circle 2Philanthropy
Our Society is composed of generous women who understand the importance of creating good in our community. We believe that there’s a real thrill to being part of something that helps to improve so many people’s lives in the St. Louis region. Women’s Leadership Society members gain access to rewarding opportunities to get involved in and help impact the many different issues facing our community, from education to financial stability to health.

circle 3Leadership
We strongly believe that every woman can harness the skills required to lead at work, in the community, and at home. Our members come from different industries and backgrounds, and use their unique experiences to inspire and challenge one another. Through the Women’s Leadership Society, we’re working to create a solid foundation for the St. Louis region.

2016 Women’s Leadership Society Events

How Women’s Leadership Society Started
Our Society was founded in 1996 by Ellen Sherberg, publisher of The St. Louis Business Journal as an avenue for women’s giving. What started as a small, dedicated society has grown to more than 3,600 members who collectively give their time, talent and treasures to help people throughout our region.

How you can join the Women’s Leadership Society
Members of the Women’s Leadership Society have a deep commitment to helping people in the St. Louis region. The annual membership commitment for the Women’s Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives. Through this donation, we are able to help our community while being a part of a dynamic woman’s organization that creates change through relationships.

Join today by contacting Rebecca Larsen at rebecca.larsen@stl.unitedway.org or by giving online.

Women’s Leadership Society 2016 Cabinet Chair

Penny Pennington
2015 – 2016 Chair
Edward Jones
The 2016 Women's Leadership Society Cabinet

Ann Abad, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
Jill Anderson, Centene Corporation
Ginny Baldridge, Your Executive Image
Lynn Barnes, Ameren
Andrea Barry, Deloitte.
Jackie Behnen, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Cenia Bosman, Gateway Region YMCA
Rebecca Boyer, KellyMitchell Group
Adrian Bracy, YWCA of Metropolitan St. Louis
Kim Brandon, Save-A-Lot
Erin Brooks, Bryan Cave LLP
Laura Bryan, Bryan Group LLC
Tammy Burton, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Nina Caldwell, Maryville University of St. Louis
Sharon Callahan, Lewis Rice LLC
Julianne Callaway, Reinsurance Group
Karen Canter-Koester, BJC Medical Group
Susan Carrillo, Reinsurance Group
Legail Chandler, Washington University in St. Louis
Lauren Colling, Ascension Health
Anna Crosslin, International Institute
Danae Domian, Edward Jones
Cyndy Donato
Anna Doyle, Sense Corp
Cathy Dunkin, Washington University in St. Louis
Cindy Erickson, American Red Cross, St. Louis
Mary Erker, Bank of America
Christy Frauenhoffer, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Elizabeth Freeburg, Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Stephanie Frick
Kristin Guehlstorf, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Constance Gully, Parents as Teachers National Center
Lavicki Hart, Citi
Marty Hereford, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Carrie Hermeling, Husch Blackwell LLP
Amanda Hettinger, Thompson Coburn LLP
Jennifer Horrom, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
Margaret Hvatum, St. Louis Community College
Heather Inman
Susan Jones, BKD, LLP
Karen Jordan, SNR Denton
Susan Kidder, Safe Connections
Lauren Kingsten, Acropolis Investment Management LLC
Michelle Ko, Edward Jones
Melissa Lackey, Standing Partnership
Britt Lebbing, Monsanto Company
Nancy LeVault, Southwestern Illinois College
Brenda Livingston, Livingston & Associates
Betsy Mack, American City Business Journals
Josefina Madrigal, Enterprise
Susan Mangels, Independent Institute
Jane Martin, Coldwell Banker Gundaker
Kendra Martin, UMB Bank of St. Louis
Kate Mayfield, Regions Bank
Kari McAvoy, EMD Consulting Group, LLC
Margaret McDonald, HOK
Lindsay Meisinger, Reinsurance Group
Melissa Merlin, Husch Blackwell LLP
Debbie Meyer, Washington University
Rachell Mitchell, Deloitte
Vanessa Mitchell, Spectrum Brands
Anisha Morrell-Charles, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Katie Nebel, Monsanto Company
Katie Nowak, Mercy Health Foundation
Lisa Nyberg, Deloitte.
Christy Oldani, BKD, LLP
Cris O’Neal, SSM Health
Jamie Orf, Kelly Mitchell Group Inc.
Heidi Osmundsen, Ernst & Young LLP
Beth Pagett, BKD, LLP
Dana Parker, Webster University
Penny Pennington, Edward Jones
Catherine Phillips, Lewis, Rice, LLC
Kristen Polchinski, Wells Fargo Advisors
Mary Ramatowski, Ernst & Young LLP
Julie Reed, Rx Outreach
Janette Richert, Scottrade Inc.
Lisa Richter, Stakeholders Insights
Renee Roach, SSM Health
Nicole Roach, Webster University
Julie Robben
Ashley Roedemeier, Cushman & Wakefield
Sarah Rouland, The PNC Financial Services Group
Theresa Ruzicka, Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Katherine Saudo, KPMG LLP
Chalana Scales-Ferguson, Lashly & Baer, P.C.
Maura Schnoebelen, Commerce Bank – St. Louis
Nancy Schnoebelen Imbs, Polished
Jeri Schultz, Fontbonne University
Jennifer Schwesig, Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Shelley Seifert, First Bank
Tracy Shepard, Edward Jones
Natalea Simmons, Merrill Lynch
Jackie Snyder, Regions Bank
Chris Solomon, RubinBrown LLP
Ellen Theroff, Spire
Lisa Thorp, Saint Louis University
Becky Vidal, Stark & Associates
Laura Villa
Dana Wasserman
Colleen Watermon, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Cari Wegge, Express Scripts
Pam Weston, Equifax
Kelly Wiese, First Bank, Inc.
Lynn Wittels, Jewish Community Center
Mary Ann Wymore, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
Jackie Yoon, Bank of America
Patricia Zahn, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Past chairs of the Women's Leadership Society

1996-1997: Mary Ann Krey
1998-1999: Francine Katz
2000-2001: Linda Locke, Juanita Hinshaw
2002-2003: Patricia Mercurio
2004-2005: Merry Mosbacher
2006-2007: Ellen Sherberg
2008: Jan Holloway
2009-2010: Deb Hollingsworth
2011-2012: Cassandra Sanford
2013-2014: Marilyn Bush

We want to hear from you!

Do you have a real-life success story that happened because of the Women’s Leadership Society? We’re looking for examples of exciting opportunities – anything from new friendships to new jobs – that became possible because of your involvement with our Society. The Society is filled with dynamic, strong women who value building relationships and creating change through community, and we want to hear how these relationships and this community has impacted you! If you have a story you would like to share, please send it to Rebecca.larsen@stl.unitedway.org. We can’t wait to hear from you.