Women United Summit

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for the WOMEN UNITED SUMMIT in Cincinnati, Ohio from October 18-20!


The Women United Summit convenes, connects and celebrates dynamic business and community leaders who are committed to igniting the power of women to advance the common good. The 2017 Summit will be held October 18 through 20, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and gets underway with our opening reception on October 17.

Through breakout sessions and networking opportunities, attendees will develop and exchange ideas and experiences that impact their lives professionally and personally. The Summit will allow for an exchange of best practices on how to establish, grow and increase the impact of United Way women's leadership groups and the WOMEN UNITED movement. We will focus on key strategies of resource development, advocacy and leadership. Attendees will be a part of promoting the incredible power of women leading community change.

WOMEN UNITED, launched in 2017 by United Way, is a global, growing force of 70,000+ women dedicated to creating a world of opportunity – for everyone. The Women United Summit, spearheaded by the Women United Global Leadership Council, a diverse group of women leaders focused on mobilizing the power of women to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.


Registration is now open! Don't forget that registering before September 26 - the last date our early registration rate is available - ensures you the best rate possible! The registration fee for the Summit is ​$595 prior to September 26 or $695 after that date. During the registration process, you will receive a link to make your hotel reservation directly with the hotel.

UNITED WAY STAFF: Click here to register. UWO will pre-populate your registration with key information. Need to check your flexible credit balance?

WOMEN UNITED VOLUNTEERS AND DONORS: Click this link to register.


For your planning purposes, the schedule of events is available below Plan to arrive the evening of October 17; programming will begin the morning of October 18. The closing session will conclude by 11:45 a.m. on Friday, October 20.

To view as a PDF or download, please WomenUnitedSummit_ProgramAtAGlance_071217.pdf

Check out this sneak preview of the learning sessions on the schedule!

Making the Transition to Women United Hear why three different United Ways chose to make the shift to Women United. Learn how to establish a time, a transition plan and get buy-in from leadership and key women's leaders. We will discuss the opportunities (and potential challenges) of making the shift to Women United.
Telling YOUR Women United Story: Creating Year-round Communications + Engagement Hear from local United Ways and United Way Worldwide's communications guru on how to create a plan and execute year-round communications with your women leaders. We will highlight United Ways that are creating stellar marketing and communications experiences for their Women United leaders.
Leveraging Connective Tissue: Women's Leadership + Cross-departmental Engagement United Way of NYC produces one of the largest Women's Leadership luncheons in the country grossing $1M and attracting more than 600 attendees. This session will explore how Community Impact, Resource Development, and Marketing align to produce this signature event, generating a Women United group that is more deeply engaged in year-round philanthropy and developing members that serve as community impact brand ambassadors.
Go Ask ALICE: How To Grow Your Local Women United Panelists will provide a framework, tools, and language to understand the growing ALICE population and how Women United can use this information to recruit, retain and engage members in supporting specific community initiatives. Women United can harness this Project to raise its profile in the community while also improving life for ALICE locally.
Advocacy in Action: How Local Tocqueville Women Changed the Law Hear from Safe Harbor Yes Ballot Coalition leaders to share best practices on how to adopt and mobilize around a signature cause and policy issue. United Way of Greater Atlanta successful passed a state constitutional amendment for the Sexually Exploited Children's Fund-the framework can now be modeled for any cause of interest.
Revamping your Board! Tips to Reinvigorate your Board to Help Achieve your Goals This session will provide ideas, examples and inspiration to re-invigorate your board and inspire them to help achieve your goals. Partnering with your Women United group and creating an invigorating event calendar that will and empower them to build a stronger donor base.


Anna Maria Chávez is a lawyer, celebrated speaker, and award-winning thought leader. She has been named one of FORTUNE's World's Greatest Leaders and was named number 22 by Fast Company in its 2014 annual list of the most creative people in business. She brings a wealth of experience from legal, public policy, non-profit management, and brand management positions in Arizona, Texas, Washington D.C., and New York City.
Valarie Willis is a known change catalyst and innovation specialist with years of experience as a thought leader and consultant in organizational leadership and talent development. For over 20 years, Valarie has assumed critical management, leadership and consulting roles through a variety of work experience. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses as well as non-profit organizations and has strategic partnerships with the Tom Peters Company and Bluepoint Leadership Development.
Lisa Bowman serves as United Way Worldwide's Chief Marketing Officer. She leads the organization's marketing team and initiatives to create, develop and implement United Way's global marketing strategies that highlight the organization's image and heritage to galvanize engagement of donors, advocates, volunteers as well as partner relationships in communities around the world. Ms. Bowman oversees brand, marketing and strategic communications including brand innovation, creative development, media relations, affinity groups and strategic alliances, including the NFL partnership.


Special thanks to our hosts from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati!


Founded in 1790, Cincinnati has become a world-class destination, perfect for the history buff, the arts enthusiast and the sports fan alike. Check out all that the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau has to say about this evolving city.

  • The first city to establish a weather bureau (in 1869), Cincinnati temperatures today range from 45 to 67 degrees F (or 8 to 19 Celsius) in October.
  • If you're flying into CVG (the closest airport to downtown Cincinnati), you'll be landing in Kentucky and you may drive through part of Indiana before you get into Ohio. Check three states off your bucket list on one trip! (CVG's official name is the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport.)
  • Cincinnati USA is home to nine Fortune 500 companies and 2 Fortune 100 companies.
  • Schedule time for chili! Cincinnati-Style Chili is definitely a "must do" if you've never been to the area. Check out Skyline Chili or Goldstar Chili or one of the 140+ Cincinnati chili restaurants to try this Mediterranean-inspired, have-it-your-way, hearty meal. Cincinnatians eat more than 2 million pounds of chili each year topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Graeter's ice cream, founded in 1870, is a Cincinnati tradition and is still run by the family, faithfully using the over 100-year-old old recipes and methods of production.
  • Get familiar with the the town. OTR (Over-the-Rhine) is one of the five most entertaining areas of Cincinnati.


The Summit will be hosted at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.
Hotel address: 35 W 5th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

To make your hotel reservation, please click here.


Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is located 12 miles from the hotel (16 minutes). Airport address: 3087 Terminal Dr, Hebron, KY 41048

To view a list of ground transportation options to the hotel from this airport, please click here.


For questions, please contact Kassaundra Escalera, Director, Women Engagement.


United Way is exceptionally grateful to our PRESENTING SPONSOR Familywize, whose dedicated partnership with local United Ways and continued support of our mission is remarkable.

Special thanks to these strong partners who are committed to supporting the impact of Women United at the Women United Summit.

Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee

Sponsorships are available for the Women United Summit. View the full prospectus and opportunities here. 2017 WLS Sponsorship Prospectus.pdf

Please contact us if you'd like more information on customized partnership plans or our standard packages. The due date for program recognition is Friday, August 4.