Women’s Leadership Council

United Way for Greater Austin’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a network of dedicated women committed to creating a powerful, female-driven philanthropic force in Greater Austin. This strong network of women engages a diverse group who are determined to improve early childhood education in Central Texas.


Membership Eligibility:

  • Must contribute $1,200 or more to United Way annually
  • Must be a woman living in the Central Texas area


  • Events to meet and network with philanthropic women from diverse backgrounds. Recent WLC events include a Lean In panel and luncheon, happy hours at local restaurants and a private “sneak peek” trunk show at Nordstrom.
  • Make a real difference in the lives of low-income young children and their parents in the Greater Austin area.
  • Opportunities to gain leadership skills by serving on the WLC Executive Board, volunteering or hosting an event.
  • Connect with other influential women nationally. There are 120 United Way Women’s Leadership Councils across the U.S. – a national network of 50,000 women united by one mission.
  • Partner with a quality organization and dedicated staff; ensuring that your gifts, voice, and time are efficiently invested locally.

Interested in becoming a member of the Women’s Leadership Council, or want to learn more? Fill out the More Information form on this page or email wlc@uwatx.org.

Check out what these WLC members had to say about their experiences:


Judy Donigan

WLC Executive Committee and UWATX Board Member

“Being a member of the WLC 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. The WLC provides wonderful opportunities to network with other women business leaders, offers educational programs and coordinates volunteer activities with UW nonprofit agencies.”


Lauren Hammonds WLCLauren Hammonds

WLC Executive Committee

“I joined the WLC because I was invited to an event by a friend – and quickly connected not only with the missions of the group but the wonderful women as friends and mentors. The WLC allows me to use my education and background to advocate for causes deeply close to my heart. As a title one school teacher, I have seen firsthand what impact early intervention has, how long lasting it is, and sadly, what it looks like when we have failed to intervene when we could. If the children of our community are failing – we are all failing.

The programs the WLC invests in through United Way are incredibly impactful and changing the landscape of Austin for the better of all our citizens. The WLC has kept me grounded to my roots, and also has helped me grow in a million different directions as I have needed to.”

View the full list of current WLC members. Meet the rest of the WLC Executive Committee on Flickr.

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