Women United

As an integral part of United Way for Greater Austin (UWATX), Women United (formerly Women’s Leadership Council) is a network committed to creating a powerful, female-driven philanthropic force to improve early-childhood education in Greater Austin. We are a diverse, vibrant community bound together by a powerful sense of belonging – to each other and to our community. We are part of a growing, global network of women leaders – 70,000 strong across more than 165 communities in six countries.

In Austin, Women United supports UWATX’s early-childhood education initiatives, known collectively as Success by 6, to ensure that our youngest residents begin life on an even playing field. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops before age six. By working hand-in-hand with education organizations and community stakeholders, UWATX connects low-income kids to high-quality education before they even enter kindergarten. Want to learn more? Check out the 2015-2018 School Readiness Action Plan.



Why Engage?

  • Be part of a community of like-minded women who support the mission of early-childhood education for low-income families in Austin.
  • Volunteer with our Success by 6 partners alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with a diverse group of influential business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Learn more about the critical issues and solutions impacting our community.
  • Advocate for key community issues at the local and state level.

Join Us

Great things happen when we come together. Women United membership is open to donors giving $1,200 or more annually to UWATX. To join or learn more, contact Michele Scherz, Senior Director of Donor Relations.

What Members Have to Say:


Judy Donigan

UWATX Board Member

“Being a member has helped me grow both personally and professionally. It has given me an opportunity to develop friendships with individuals in many disciplines that I would not otherwise had a chance to meet. It provides wonderful opportunities to network with other women business leaders, offers educational programs and coordinates volunteer activities with United Way nonprofit agencies.”


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