United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is introducing a new local group of Women United. These women are part of a global network of leaders and influencers. The group will hold its launch event on Monday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Hotel Californian.

The group aims to increase philanthropic support and spearhead advocacy efforts, specifically for UWSBC K-12 education.

“Women are an incredible force, raising more money for charitable organizations across the globe than ever before,” said Susan Hersberger, local Women United volunteer chair who recently retired from Aera Energy. “The results demonstrate that United Way’s school readiness and literacy programs make important differences each day, and we’re honored to bring together a network of enthusiastic and dedicated philanthropic women in our community to support those programs.”

Keynote speakers include Tina McEnroe (founder of the McEnroe Reading & Language Arts Clinic in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB) and Marni McGee (nationally-acclaimed children’s author).


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