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Women United

WOMEN UNITED is a powerful network inspiring women to be role models of generosity, advocates for important causes and volunteers for change.

Women United is a global movement of more than 70,000 diverse women leaders dedicated to creating a world of opportunity for everyone. Women United recognizes the enormous power and influence of women in philanthropy. Since 2012, women leaders across the country have collectively raised more than $2 billion for their local communities.

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.

Why We Do This

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA) is focused on advancing early childhood literacy 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 46% of third-grade students are proficient in English and Language Arts as measured by the Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teachers (AzMERIT) in 2019.
Students who fail to reach this critical milestone often falter in later grades and drop out before earning a high school diploma.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds neither enrolled in school nor working is 16% percent in 2021.

What You Can Do

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


  • 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


Aimee Graves

Aimee Graves

Women United, Chair

Women United Executive Committee

Tracy Benson

Mary Bouley

Lillian Brantley-Thompson – Literacy Champion Committee Co-Chair

Monica Brinkerhoff

Melinda Burke – Literacy Champion Committee Co-Chair

Sherry Cook

Lindy Cote

Lori Cotten

Elizabeth Cozzi – Women United Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Deepa Dalvi

Jane Denigris

LaVonne Douville – Business Engagement Co-Chair

Linda Drake

Allison Duffy

Dolores Duran-Cerda

Lynne Wood Dusenberry

Peggy Goulding

Delia Gonzalez

Aimee Graves – Executive Committee Chair

Melissa Hernandez – Women United Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Denisse Hernandez de Ortiz

Elizabeth Hightower

Daisy Jenkins

Nancy Kluge

Dianne Maki-Sethi

Stephanie Martin

Wendy Marquez

Sandy Maxfield

Elizabeth McIntyre

Cat Merrill

Sarita Morales

Trish Muir – Business Engagement Co-Chair

Elizabeth Murphy

Jessica Novak

Silvia Salcido

Lisa Owens-Sredzinski

Cory Rees

Becky Richards

Mary Rowley

Calline Sanchez

Amber Schlack

Kassondra Silva

Allison Titcomb

Laura Vitkus

Carol Weber

Arika Wells – Immediate Past Committee Chair

Rebecca Werner

Alicia White