Women United is a dynamic group of women dedicated to promoting United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s early childhood education and literacy work. Members engage through volunteerism, networking and giving. Their devotion to this cause helps us ensure that parents and caregivers have the resources they need to help children meet developmental milestones.

Since 2019, the group has focused its efforts on supporting United Way’s initiative to help caregivers complete their Child Development Associate (CDA) training. This certification helps child care workers increase their skills, and helps care facilities earn higher ratings from the state’s child care quality rating system. It also helps child care facilities access federal funding to help the children in their care.

Each year, Women United hosts its annual Women of Influence Summit, led by DTE Energy. The event brings together more than 500 influential women and men for a morning of invigorating conversation and philanthropy, raising six figures annually to support early childhood education.

Membership Criteria and Benefits

Members contribute $500 annually and receive access to exclusive volunteer, advocacy and learning opportunities, invitations to networking events and more.

More than $800,000 raised to support early childhood education

492 Volunteer Hours mentoring CDA participants

500 attendees at the 2021 Women of Influence Summit

Meet Our Leadership

Meet the leading philanthropists who are helping shape the work of United Way.

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Learn why these leaders members joined Women United

“I’m able to get involved in our community, support women and help foster early education with their children. The mission of United Way and Women United is strong and I am honored to be a part of it.”

Rema Nasif

“I joined Women United because I know how powerful women can be when they come together to make a difference.”

Aimee Argel

“Being involved with Women United allows me the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children in my community.”

Heather Toutant

Working with the Women United group allows me to make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of others. I love being a part of this fabulous group!

Jennifer Caudell