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.

 2021 Women United Awards Luncheon

Trident United Way Women United hosted the 12th Annual Women United Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Crowne Plaza Charleston. The luncheon centered around The Power of Resilience, and featured keynote speaker Carolyn Hunter Heyward, CEO, C&A Unlimited, Retired.

2021 Women United Award Recipients

Nonprofit Leader of the Year - Lana Kleinman, Charleston Legal Access

Hands on Hero of the Year - Reagan Smith, Humanities Foundation

Role Model of the Year - Cathy Almquist, Trident Technical College

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For any questions or additional information please contact Louise Lawton at llawton@tuw.org. For a list of previous award winners, click here.

2021 Women United Lunch and Learn

Trident United Way Women United recently hosted a virtual Lunch and Learn discussion focused on the prevalence of domestic violence in our state and region. Moderated by Jennifer Berry Hawes, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at The Post and Courier and co-author of "Till Death Do Us Part". Featured panelists included Tosha Conners (CEO, My Sister's House) Christan Rainey (Founder & CEO, Men against Domestic Violence - M.A.D. USA and a captain with North Charleston Fire Department).


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.

Steering Committee 2021-2022


Anne Forrest, Chair, Seacoast Supply

Lisa Van Bergen, Vice Chair, Professional Nonprofit Solutions

Alishsia Allen, SelectHealth of South Carolina

Dusti Annan, Medical University of South Carolina

Stacy Cannon, SouthState Bank

Merrill Fei, Community Volunteer

Emily Mungo Frank, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture

Brianna Johnson, Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Ashley Mancini, Enterprise Holdings

Gina Noble, Porter-Gaud School

Kelsey Palmer, Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Sherrie Snipes-Williams, Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Laura Varn, Parkland Fuel

Jennifer Wadford, Santee Cooper

Kathryn Whitaker, Burr & Forman LLP

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For more information, or to join Trident United Way Women United, contact Caroline Byrd at (843) 740-7749 or cbyrd@tuw.org