2015 Women's Leadership Summit


The United Way Women’s Leadership 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 2015 Summit will be held February 25-27 in Dallas, Texas. 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 Councils (WLCs).

The United Way Women’s Leadership Council is a global network of more than 60,000 women, in 155 communities (across 6 countries), united around creating a stronger community and inviting women to be part of the solution. The Council has more members giving more money than any other similar group, raising more than $1 billion in 12 years. Far from being transactional donors, Women’s Leadership Councils have been critical to the transformation of the movement. They have been a driving force behind the rise of community impact – through involvement and impactful community change.

Summit will allow for an exchange of best practices on how to establish, grow and increase the impact of the local United Way Women’s Leadership Councils through a 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.


The early registration fee for the Summit is $895 prior to February 2, 2015, and $995 after February 2, 2015.

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Program at a Glance:
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Breakout Sessions:
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Please click here to view the United Way Women's Leadership Summit Program Guide.


The Host City Event will be Thursday, February 26 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas. The Neiman Marcus Building is a historic commercial structure, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, their corporate headquarters and the flagship store of Neiman Marcus. This event is not to miss!


While you're visiting Dallas for the Summit, take some time to take in the sights, food and entertainment. Check out our Come Early, Stay Late Guide to all the best of Dallas - the weekend before, during and after the Summit. Please click here to view the Come Early, Stay Late Guide.


The first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, Sheryl WuDunn has journeyed through several industries, from banking to journalism and book writing, pulling together critical insights to bear upon her work. Most recently, she has written a new book, A Path Appears, about spreading opportunity and making a difference in the world. Previously, she was co-author of Half the Sky, about the oppression of women and girls around the world. Sheryl has used her immense talent as a writer, speaker and thought leader to advocate for those without the resources to advocate for themselves. Selected as one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World,” WuDunn has helped raise awareness about the challenges facing women, such as sex trafficking. A highly successful business executive and best-selling author, she currently works with entrepreneurs in new media, technology and social enterprise at Mid-Market Securities, a small investment banking boutique in NYC.

Maria Hinojosa, award-winning news and investigative journalist, has over 25 years of experience reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa took her mission of reporting on stories ignored or overlooked by mainstream media to another level by creating the Futuro Media Group, a multimedia nonprofit production company based in Harlem with the mission of giving voice to the social and civic justice issues facing a more diverse America. In addition to producing Latino USA, Futuro Media is also developing America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a series for PBS, distributed fall of 2014. Hinojosa is currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR’s long-running weekly program, Latino USA, celebrating its 20 year anniversary and considered the program of record for Latino news, culture and issues of critical importance to the Latino community and that impact the US population. Throughout her career, she has helped define the conversation about our times and our society with one of the most authentic voices in broadcast.

Matthew Emerzian is both author of Every Monday Matters – 52 Ways to Make a Difference, and Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Every Monday Matters. His organization is committed to helping people understand how much and why they matter. Through their YOU MATTER™ Education Program in over 3,000 schools in 42 states, their YOU MATTER™ Corporate Program in major corporations across the country, national speaking engagements, social media and grassroots campaigns, EMM is transforming the lives of hundreds-of-thousands of people and positively impacting the world... one Monday at a time.

Rachel Katz, Digital Services Senior Analyst for Global Philanthropy Group, has advised a range of high profile individuals, companies and nonprofits on philanthropic strategies, with a focus on leveraging social and digital media to create impact with Global Philanthropy Digital. She has worked on social media campaigns to raise awareness and funds for a variety of issues including children's health and safety, education, poverty alleviation, clean water, hunger, veteran’s issues, girls' and women's empowerment and political and civic engagement. Before joining Global Philanthropy, Katz worked in public relations, communications and social media positions in the private and nonprofit sectors at organizations including Microsoft, the Fresh Air Fund and the United Nations Development Programme.


Valaida Fullwood, writer, public speaker and consultant, brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas. Fullwood is the award-winning author of Giving Back, a book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans that was developed with photographer Charles Thomas. Giving Back was named one of the 10 Best Black Books of 2011 and received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.” Fullwood is recognized a thought leader on African American philanthropy and community-led philanthropy, and is frequently invited by a variety of groups to write, talk and consult on the topic. She is featured in a 2013 TEDx Talk on philanthropy and was named the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Cynthia Gibson serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Scripps Networks Interactive, a leading developer of high-profile, lifestyle-oriented content for multiple media platforms, including television, digital, mobile and publishing. Based in Knoxville, she reports to Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Ken Lowe. In this role, Gibson manages the company’s global legal affairs, business affairs, government affairs and internal audit departments, with staff in Knoxville, New York City, Chevy Chase, Cincinnati, London and Singapore. Gibson was recently named as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable” by CableFax. She participated in the Women in Cable Telecommunications Senior Executive Summit at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and in the Cable Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School. When in private practice, she was recognized as among “The Best Lawyers in America” and named among the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio and the Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cincinnati.

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia Oberti Noguera is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Noguera holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Economics from Yale. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, Reuters Money, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company's Co.Exist Change Generation series. Noguera was named to the Forbes list “Top 20 Women for Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter,” as well as Latina.com's "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech." Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012 and Business Insider included her on its 2013 list "The 30 Most Important Women in Tech under 30."


The summit will be hosted at The Adolphus, located in downtown Dallas, TX. Please click here to book your room and to receive our special United Way discount rate.


  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport is located 18 miles from the hotel. To view a list of ground transportation options to the hotel from this airport, please click here.
  • Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) is located 7 miles from the hotel. To view a list of ground transportation options to the hotel from this airport, please click here.


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