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 dedicate to creating a community full of opportunity 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, Abrams Coastal Properties
  • 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


Women’s Empowerment Series – Local, Global, and Me

Bank of America, in partnership with Orange County United Way’s Women United, is creating opportunities to invest in women and to build strong communities.

The successful women’s empowerment series, Local, Global & Me will kick off again this year in August. Each event features influential keynote speakers and are centered around different ways women can make a difference – locally, globally and personally. Stay tuned for more information in regards to dates and speakers.

Questions? Contact Amanda Hastings at AmandaH@UnitedWayOC.org or 949.263.6141.

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.

The Women’s Philanthropy Fund gives $10,000 or more annually, with 10% or $2,500 or more directly to Community Impact and $1,000 or more to the Women’s Empowerment Portfolio. Over the past 13 years, more than $35 million has been granted out from the Women’s Empowerment Portfolio to support local initiatives serving women and children. View current members.

Contact Us for More Information

Talk with Sandy Morales at 949.263.6163 or via email to learn more

If you prefer, you can download the form in PDF format.

Learn more about one of the most successful breakfast fundraisers in the county, the Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast.

View event calendar.


Women United Chairs

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

Women United Chairs

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

Women Philanthropy Fund Chairs

Cinda Churm
Women Philanthropy Fund Co-Chair
Community Volunteer

Women Philanthropy Fund Chairs

Jacqueline Kelley
Women Philanthropy Fund Co-Chair
Ernst & Young LLP / Partner

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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:

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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.

Leaders In Philanthropy—Network With Your Peers

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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.