WOMEN UNITED is a global movement of more than 70,000 diverse women leaders. Founded and led by women,
WOMEN UNITED recognizes the enormous power and influence of women in philanthropy. Over the past 15 years, women leaders across the country have collectively raised more than $1.5 billion for their local communities.






Women have historically been leaders of social change through their steadfast commitments of time, ingenuity and financial resources.
WOMEN UNITED is a powerful network inspiring women to be role models of generosity, advocates for important causes and volunteers for change.



Women United combines the financial power and collective talents of philanthropic women leaders to address early childhood literacy in our community by conducting year-round activities such as book fairs, volunteer reading events, book drives and distributions, networking events and volunteer projects. Women United also hosts our signature event, the Annual Business Leaders for Early Education Breakfast.



United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) is focused on Uniting a Force Against Poverty in our community. Women United recognizes that early childhood education is an efficient and effective investment for economic and workforce development. The earlier the investment, the greater the return on investment, because 90% of a child’s brain development occurs by age 5.

  • Only 41% of third-grade children are proficient in reading and writing as measured by the Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teachers (AZ MERIT) in 2016.
  • Students who fail to reach this critical milestone often falter in later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma.

  • In 2015, 17.1% of 16-24-year-olds were not in school or working.


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JOIN US. Membership is open to all women who invest $1,000 or more in United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. 


  • Women United Membership Recognition
  • Complimentary ticket to the Annual Business Leaders Breakfast for Early Education
  • Women United Members-Only Event Invitations
  • Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
  • Committee Service and Leadership Opportunities

Please join us!


For more information, call Samantha Miller at 520.903.3931 or email womenleaders@unitedwaytucson.org.

Watch our video from our 2018 Business Breakfast for Early Education HERE

Highlights from the 13th Annual Business Leaders Breakfast for Early Education, February 27, 2018:

The event raised $67,100 after expenses, to be used to support the *My Summer Library program in 12 elementary schools. There were a record number of 715 attendees, 79% of which were from business and government. A highlight of the event was the Women United Literacy Champion Awards, awarded to two exemplary teachers, one in Pre-k and the other in K-3rd grade. This year’s event achieved a 63% increase in net revenue, a 26% increase in attendance, a 28% increase in business and government attendance and a 25% increase in sponsorships.

*My Summer Library is part of Read On Tucson, a grade-level reading campaign that emphasizes three key pillars of success:  school readiness, mitigation of summer learning loss, and attendance.  The 12 FREE, self-selected books that are the core of My Summer Library help promote the 2nd pillar of success.  The books are provided by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) and Scholastic Books, and paid for by local donations and grant funds.  The target grade levels focus mainly on Kindergarten and 1st grade.



  • Tracy Benson
  • Mary Bouley
  • Staycee Conklin
  • Lindy Cote
  • Lori Cotten
  • Angela Coyle
  • LaVonne Douville
  • Linda Drake
  • Dolores Duran-Cerda
  • Lynne Wood Dusenberry
  • Aimee Graves
  • Ellen Howlett
  • Ashley Janicki
  • Daisy Jenkins
  • Adaline Klemmedson
  • Deborah Maher
  • Cat Merrill
  • Kerry Milligan
  • Lorraine Morales
  • Lisa Owens-Sredzinski
  • Therese Perreault
  • Calline Sanchez
  • Anna Spitz
  • Allison Titcomb
  • Jenny Volpe
  • Arika Wells