Women United

Trident United Way Women United is an engaged network of philanthropic leaders in our community committed to improving education, financial stability and health in our region through their giving, advocacy and volunteerism.

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2024 Women United Award Nominations

Nominate an outstanding woman for the 2024 Women United Awards!

Each year at the annual Awards Luncheon, Trident United Way Women United recognizes women in the Tri-County area who Live United and embody Trident United Way’s core principles. 

Women United Awards

Hands on Hero of the Year

Nonprofit Leader of the Year

Role Model of the Year

Learn more about the Women United Awards and nomate a local leader today! Nominations close March 18.

2024 Women United Lunch and Learn

Women from all around the Tri-County area gathered on Thursday, January 25 at Blackbaud for the Trident United Way Women United Lunch & Learn: Breaking Barriers, a panel discussion featuring four incredible women sharing their professional journeys. Panel moderator Nella Barkley guided the event with thoughtful, insightful questions and panelists Page Bullington, Anne Forrest and Alyssa Richardson provided incredible insight on their path to leadership.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the event!

2023 Virtual Personal Care Kit Supply Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Trident United Way Women United virtual Personal Care Kit Supply Drive! Thanks to your generous support, we surpassed the goal of 200 personal care kits. Personal Care Kits will be distributed through TUW Resource Connection Centers, East Cooper Community Outreach and My Sisters House.

2023 October Meet & Greet

Over 40 community members gathered at Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. to connect over great food and drinks, getting to know other members and sharing opportunities for community involvement. We loved seeing new and familiar faces!

Thank you to all who attended, we look forward to seeing you again at future events.

2023 Women United Awards

Trident United Way Women United hosted the annual Women United Awards Luncheon on May 9, 2023 at the Crowne Plaza in North Charleston. The luncheon focused on Building Voices of Powerful Women, and featured keynote speaker Monique Wilsondebriano of Charleston Gourmet Burger Company.

The Trident United Way Woment United annual awards are presented to women who make substantial impacts in our community.

2023 Women United Award Recipients

Nonprofit Leader of the Year - Stephanie Kelley, East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)

Hands on Hero of the Year - Danielle Hardee-Richardson, We Are Sharing Hope SC

Role Model of the Year - Theresa Prioleau, community leader, advocate and educator

For any questions or additional information please contact Jessica Johnson at jjohnson@tuw.org. For a list of previous award winners, click here.

Project Undercover

Attendees of the luncheon were also asked to bring new bra or pair of women's underwear to donate to a woman in need as part of Project Undercover. Underwear and bras are the most under-donated, yet most-needed items of clothing. Hygeine and physical comfort are only a part of this basic human need. New, clean underwear and bras also provide dignity and self-esteem.

Thank you to generous attendees, close to 500 items were donated through Project Undercover! 

Thank you to our event sponsor

We are Women United.

As an integral part of United Way, Women United® focus on the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. We are a diverse, vibrant community, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging — to each other, to the organization’s mission, and to the communities we call home. Our powerful, global network of women leaders, over 70,000 strong, lives united against the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in six countries.

We ignite change.

In each community we serve, we tackle the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. We empower each other to leverage our passions, ideas, expertise and resources to transform the very conditions in which people live. With more than $1.5 billion invested in local solutions and a worldwide footprint, we’re able to positively impact our hometown while also being part of the bigger picture and broader cause.

Why engage?

  • You’ll be a part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their personal passions, best ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building stronger communities.
  • Volunteer within our community alongside others looking to create change.
  • Network and collaborate with key business and community leaders at exclusive events.
  • Learn more about critical issues impacting our community.
  • Advocate for key community issues at the local and state level.

Women United members at the Women United Luncheon  Women United members at the annual lunch and learn  Women United members volunteering at Fresh Future Farms

Steering Committee 2023-2024


Dusti Annan, Chair, Medical University of South Carolina

Brianna Johnson, Vice Chair, Berkeley Electric Cooperative

EmmaMarie Broome, St Andres's Family Fitness Plus!

Stacy Cannon, SouthState Bank

Kim Davis, Elliott Davis LLC

Emily Mungo Frank, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture 

Madison Hancock, The Bank of South Carolina

Wendy Kopp, FineMark National Bank

Ashley Mancini, HireQuest Inc.

Mary Mauldin, Medical University of South Carolina

Kelsey Palmer, Publix

Missy Parker, Community Volunteer

Lisa Van Bergen, Professional Nonprofit Solutions, LLC

Jennifer Wadford, Santee Cooper

Amanda Wagner, Fast Track Workforce Solutions

For more information, or to join Trident United Way Women United, contact Leah Rhyne at (843) 740-7748 or lrhyne@tuw.org.