Who We Are

Women United (formerly the Women’s Leadership Council) is a local force of over 920 women! The largest network of women in South Hampton Roads, Women United provides the opportunity to connect, inspire and empower women to take action in our community. Women and children in need are breaking the cycle of poverty due to the support of Women United.

Women United began in 2002 with a passion to put South Hampton Roads’ at-risk women and children on a path toward success. One woman inspired three others to join her in securing this important work by creating an endowment fundraising $185,000.

These women inspired others to become powerful philanthropists through leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. They began an initiative called “10 for 10,” recruiting 10 women each year for 10 years to each donate $10,000 for making our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. They are now known as the 100 Women United, and their story gets even better.

Women United’s Joan Brock, Marianne Dickerson, Jane Batten and Susan Goode (pictured left to right below) pledged a combined $3 million Challenge Match to encourage each of the 100 Women United to give another $10,000! In less than one year nearly $4 million has been pledged, with gifts still coming in. The Women United Endowment Fund is the largest in the nation and is fast approaching $7 million in assets and expectancies with these additional gifts.

Since 2005, Women United has invested more than $600,000 in community programs, including the H.E.R. Shelter, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, The Up Center, United for Children, and YWCA in partnership with Tidewater Community College.

Moving forward, these powerful philanthropists continue to help children and their families break the cycle of poverty. This two-generational approach is making a very positive difference in our neighbors’ lives and lifting up our community.

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Board of Directors 

Darleen Mastin, Chair
Shirley Baldwin
Odette Bonvouloir
Joan Brock
Susan Colpitts
Marianne Dickerson
Gail Farrell
Ashley Galler
Dawn Glynn
Megan Padden
Deborah Painter
Jane Short
Paula Smith

10 for 10 Council

Ashely Galler, Chair
Shirley Baldwin
Joan Brock
Joanna Brumsey
Kim Curtis
Joanne Inman
Darleen Mastin
Lelia Graham Webb

Events Council

Megan Padden, Co-Chair
Elizabeth Shumadine, Co-Chair
Joanna Brumsey
Lisa Lawson
Mary McChesney
Susan Mills
Liz Parker

Membership Council

Jane Short, Chair
Rebekah Gaines
Ashley Galler
Joanne Inman
Natalie Kaszubowski
Tracy Keller
Amy Rickard
Megan Padden

Funding Council

Odette Bonvouloir, Chair
Carolyn Abron-McCadden
Stephanie Adler Calliott
Susan Colpitts
Liz Delude
Ginny Fogg
Deborah Gill
Anne Legum
Deborah Painter
Meredith Strand
Nancy Sykora

Volunteer Council

Paula Smith, Chair
Charity Anderson
Dyanda Blount
Therese Camp
Carrie Crisman
Gail Farrell
Diana Haynes
Barbara Hyder
Emma Inman
Michelle McIntosh
Erin Ruane
Hillary Vincent

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