Women United

Communities need champions who understand their problems, see their potential and offer solutions to make a difference. Women United is an essential part of United Way of Greater Stark County. We are a vibrant network, bound together by a powerful sense of belonging — to each other, to the organization’s mission and to the community we all call home.

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Become a member

Join a powerful organization of women who contribute their personal passions, inspired ideas and unique strengths to create lasting change in our community. 

Women who donate $1,000 or more annually to United Way of Greater Stark County are eligible for membership in Women United.

Member Benefits

  • Network and collaborate with key business leaders
  • Volunteer alongside others who share your passion
  • Attend member-exclusive events
  • Learn more about key issues in your community
  • Advocate for meaningful change at the state and local level

Our Impact

Women United Members
Donated in 2018
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    Our Focus

    Women United engages women to help women in creating opportunities for supporting the emotional and intellectual growth of women and children with a focus on moving families out of poverty.

    Our Programs

    girl up

    In partnership with Canton City Schools, this program introduces girls in grades 7 – 10 to nontraditional careers that are typically filled by men. The students meet local female professionals and participate in hands-on activities for a variety of fields such as computer programming, engineering, welding and law enforcement.


    Family Friendly Workplace Awards

    Established in 2017, Women United holds an annual Family Friendly Workplace Awards Event in October recognizing National Work and Family Month. The event combines a keynote speaker along with recognizing three local companies who have implemented family friendly workplace policies, such as paid family leave, flexible scheduling, education reimbursement and more.

    Selection of the Family Friendly Workplace Awards are through applications submitted online by local employers. The three awards are based on company size: less than 50 employees, 5 to 499 employees, and over 500 employees.

    Previous Keynote speakers have been Dayton’s Mayor, Nan Whaley on paid parental leave for employees of the City of Dayton and Keith Maki, Cascade Engineering on the implementation of Welfare to Career (W2C) program. Leading more than 800 people off of welfare to meaningful careers.

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    Our aDVocacy efforts

    Your voice can make a difference in the lives of women in our community and beyond. Our membership raises awareness and advocates for change to workplace and public policies. We strive to find and promote long-term solutions to problems, rather than temporary band-aids.

    Lend your voice

    Steering Committee

    • Jennifer Brackman, Aultman Health Foundation
    • Nancy Bundy, Custom Event Solutions LLC
    • Elsa V. Cave, Diebold Nixdorf
    • Dianne C. Digianantonio, MarketLink Communications
    • Dr. Merle D. Griff Ph.D., SarahCare Adult Day Care Centers
    • Laura Kessel, Alliance Review
    • Amy Mast, Talent Results Consulting
    • Amanda Ott, TimkenSteel
    • Linda Smith, Sirak Financial Services
    • Pamela Valentine, Girls Scouts of North East Ohio
    • Eileen E. Wile, Aultman Health Foundation
    • Wendy F. Lichtenwalter

    Upcoming Women United Events

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    October 2019

    Family-Friendly Workplace Awards

    October 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Kent State University at Stark Conference Center, 6000 Frank Avenue Northwest
    North Canton, OH 44720 United States
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    Winners of the family-friendly workplace awards will be honored at the third annual award event on Thursday, October 10, at Kent State University at Stark Conference Center. Event begins with check-in and buffet at 11 AM, with the program starting at 11:30 AM. Awards presentations and a keynote speech will by Meghan Cummings, executive director of the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Her presentation will focus on Women’s Fund work development of an Employer Toolkit. This toolkit provides…

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