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UW: Power of the Purse Helps Change Lives

HARTFORD — More than 800 guests filled the Connecticut Convention Center on June 3 for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) second annual Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction. Proceeds from the event totaled more than $180,000, with funds going to support family financial security efforts in the greater Hartford area.

The event kicked off with a silent auction featuring more than 150 items, including designer handbags and accessories, vacation packages, sporting event tickets and more.

Featured speaker Farnoosh Torabi, author of You’re So Money – Live Rich Even When You’re Not, spoke of the need for solid financial planning starting at a young age. Her address challenged guests to visualize one’s financial future, and develop a financial plan to reach those goals.

“The best part of Power of the Purse is the chance to showcase the WLC, who we are and where we want to go,” said Janet Flagg-Rawlins, who co-chaired the event with Susan Christensen Stoner. “It is the energy and excitement of all those women, and a few men, in one room, and knowing that we can achieve anything we decide to tackle.”

The WLC is a network of women who are standing up and taking action to help women and families in our community achieve financial security. Proceeds from thePower of the Purse, enabled the WLC to establish family financial centers at Alfred E. Burr Elementary School and John C. Clark, Jr. Elementary and Middle School, both community schools located in Hartford. Services offered include financial education workshops and one-on-one coaching.

For more information on United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, family financial stability or the Power of the Purse event, please contact Laura Schmelter at 860-493-6841.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s mission is to improve lives and change local community conditions. United Way brings together people with the passion, expertise and resources to deliver long-lasting results through Community Investment. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.


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Women’s Breakfast Meeting Hosts Susan Beacham

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut will launch its Women’s Leadership Initiative at a breakfast featuring nationally recognized financial literacy expert Susan Beacham.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Pond House Café in Elizabeth Park, West Hartford.

The United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative will focus on celebrating the power of women as leaders to bring about lasting change in the community.

Members of the Initiative will advocate for issues important to working families, specifically in the areas of financial literacy, stability and independence.

United Way focuses on helping local families become more financially stable by supporting programs and initiatives that help local people gain the skills they need to land jobs and advance in their careers, make the most of their income, pay off debt and save for the future.

Members of the United Way Women’s Leadership Initiative will become part of a national movement.  More than 130 United Ways across the country have women’s leadership programs that engage more than 32,000 women in solving their communities’ most pressing problems.

Members will have the opportunity to network with other leaders, engage in volunteer opportunities, advocate for issues around financial stability and independence, and attend special events featuring women of influence.

Beacham, the first featured speaker for the initiative, is a columnist, author, and nationally recognized financial literacy expert. She was recently featured in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is a nonprofit organization that has been meeting human care needs in 40 towns across central and northeastern Connecticut since 1924. United Way advances the common good by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: education, income and health.


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