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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2023 Women United Lunch and Learn

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Trident United Way Donor Network members are invited to attend Lunch & Learn Broadband Possibilities: Opening door - Closing divides, hosted by Trident United Way Women United. Join us for a Panel Discussion on our State's opportunity to connect all homes to broadband and the challenge of equitable adoption of this new access.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

11:30AM - 1:00PM

Networking 11:30am - 12pm

Program begins promptly at 12pm.

Blackbaud Headquarters

65 Fairchild Street

Charleston, SC 29492


Phyllis Martin, CEO - Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative

Panel Participants

Paola A. Gutíerrez, MHA, Director of External Engagement - SC Office of Rural Health 
Gina Shuler, Vice President of Marketing - Home Telecom
LaToya Lewis, Trident United Way - Berkeley & St. Stephen Resource Connection Center Manager

Lunch will be fresh salads and wraps from Verde.

Please RSVP by February 13th.

Questions about the event? Contact Louise at llawton@tuw.org or (843) 740-7743.

2022 Women United Lunch and Learn

Trident United Way Women United recently hosted a virtual Lunch and Learn discussion with Deon Jackson, Berkeley County School Superintendent. Mr. Jackson shared information on growth in schools, student support and ways to engage with schools. 

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

2021 award recipients

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.

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 2022-2023


Lisa Van Bergen, Chair, Professional Nonprofit Solutions, LLC

Dusti Annan, Vice Chair, Medical University of South Carolina

Stacy Cannon, SouthState Bank

Bailey Cooper, Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters

Kim Davis, Elliott Davis LLC

Merrill Fei, Community Volunteer

Anne Forrest, Seacoast Supply

Emily Mungo Frank, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture 

Madison Hancock, Bank of South Carolina

Brianna Johnson, Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Ashley Mancini, HireQuest Inc.

Mary Mauldin, Medical University of South Carolina

Gina Noble, Porter-Gaud School

Kelsey Palmer, Publix

Missy Parker, Community Volunteer

Sherrie Snipes-Williams, Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Jennifer Wadford, Santee Cooper

For more information, or to join Trident United Way Women United, contact Jessica Johnson at (843) 740-7730 or jjohnson@tuw.org