skip to Main Content

In Orange County, a diverse group of women leaders are actively engaged in philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy—with the goal of making lasting change in our community.

United Way’s Women United is a vibrant, diverse community of 70,000 women leaders across the world leveraging their time, talent and resources to build stronger families within local communities.

In Orange County, Women United is a force of nearly 400 women dedicated to creating a community full of opportunities for everyone. Women United members invest $1,000 or more annually – with a minimum of 25% invested in United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

The benefits of being part of this powerful group of United Way ambassadors are many:

  • Access to a network of committed, passionate philanthropists
  • Collaborating with key women business and community leaders
  • Exclusive invitations to fun and inspiring member events, luncheons, and speaker series
  • Volunteering with other like-minded women changing conditions in our community

When you join Women United, you become part of an energetic group of 400 women helping women, using their collective power of generosity to change lives.


  • Ellen Bartholemy, Hally & Company
  • Antonella Castro, Real Estate and Business Lawyer
  • Christina Henderson, Merrill Lynch
  • Ayla Kalani, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Aparna Mehta, UPS
  • Demetria Moore, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Haunani Nakabara, KPMG LLP
  • Trina Norman, UPS
  • Terri Pattillo, Advantage Solutions
  • Yuliya Poutkaradze, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Shiva Sattar, First Republic Bank
  • Michelle Trogdlen French, Sunday Sol Events
  • Nisha Verma, Kading Briggs LLP
  • Linda Vites-Whiteman, Fluor
  • Sarah Yoder, Edwards Lifesciences

Local, Global & Me:
A women’s empowerment series inspired by Bank of America

A Year-long Journey Promoting Holistic Health
and Well-Being with Dr. Mahtab Jafari

Check back soon for the upcoming event details!

Dr. Mahtab Jafari Headshot
Dr. Mahtab Jafari

Women’s Philanthropy Fund

One of the most powerful voices of philanthropy for women in Orange County, this network of passionate women make an investment to build resources and lead change so that every woman and child in Orange County can achieve her full potential. When you join Women’s Philanthropy Fund, you automatically become a member of the Tocqueville Society.

By strategically investing in place-based initiatives, the Women’s Philanthropy Fund is able to positively impact outcomes for women and children facing high poverty, employment and housing instability.


Haunani Nakabara
Women United Co-Chair
KMPG LLP / Product Manager – Tax Transformation and Technology

Christina Henderson
Women United Co-Chair
CFP® / Merrill Lynch / Financial Advisor

Laurie Dubchansky - Women's Philanthropy Fund Co-Chair

Laurie Dubchansky
Women's Philanthropy Fund Co-Chair

Women United Volunteers Photo Gallery

Flickr Album Gallery Pro Powered By: Weblizar

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast Photo Gallery

Flickr Album Gallery Pro Powered By: Weblizar

Taking a leadership role to transform lives

The loyalty of the members of Women United is unparalleled. As a member, you give voice to transformative change in our community. Meet some of our women leaders in philanthropy:

Longtime leaders in philanthropy Artyn Gardner, Karen Conlon and Muff Tennyson form a powerful trio to make a measurable difference in the lives of local children and families.

Upcoming United Way Events

2022 Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast

May 19, 2022 | 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM
The Westin South Coast Plaza | 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Cultures United Conversation Series: January 25th

January 25, 2022 | 8 AM to 9 AM (PT)

There are currently no upcoming events…

Please check back again soon.

Join the Women United Quarterly Newsletter

Enter your email address to receive quarterly information about all things related to Women United.

Contact Us for More Information
talk with Amanda Hastings at 949.263.6141 or via email to learn more

Women United Pledge Form

Send your Women United gift to United Way online using the form below. Or, if you prefer, you can download the form in PDF format.

×Close search