Women’s Leadership Council

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) mobilizes women who strengthen our community by investing in and promoting programs that positively impact our community’s children, families and future.

San Antonio, along with our communities, created the Women’s Leadership Council in 1999 with a handful of volunteers and community leaders. With increasing power and influence in business and in giving, more women join WLC each year.

Today, over 3,100 women are members of San Antonio’s WLC.

Council members engage with one another and the community in several ways: supporting education by adopting its signature cause, the Childcare Scholarship program; and participating in events and volunteer projects to learn, share, and grow. United Way’s WLC women continue to have a positive effect on developing successful children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families in our community.

Message from the Chair...

Laura Vaccaro 1In this exciting time in history when women in politics and philanthropy are demonstrating an incredible capacity to lead and move our country forward, it is a distinct privilege and honor to serve as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council for United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. I have never been more proud and excited to lead other women who share my passion for San Antonio and making an investment in solutions which will positively impact the future of San Antonio families and children.

Together we will go far in changing the lives of adults seeking their college degrees or vocational training by eliminating the barrier of finding affordable childcare.  Together we will create a bright future for their children and families by ensuring they have time and the peace of mind to graduate college and enjoy quality childcare which prepares toddlers for school success.

If you are interested in meeting and interacting with other successful business women and philanthropists, volunteering your time to be a champion for children and families in San Antonio and joining a national network of women who have collectively raised over $1 billion to support United Way’s mission of changing lives, then WLC is a group you should consider learning more about.

Throughout the year we gather to learn more about issues which impact female leaders and their families, to raise funds for Childcare Scholarships through our annual Power of the Purse event, to volunteer for United Way agencies which support families and children and to enjoy camaraderie with our scholarship recipients and their families via literacy, culture and arts events.

I look forward to seeing all of you at an upcoming WLC event and hope you will join us in our fight to end the cycle of poverty caused by lack of degree attainment and positively impact generations of families and children in San Antonio.


Laura J. Vaccaro
2017 Women’s Leadership Council Chair | Vice President Community Affairs and Events, Valero


WLC Events and Networking Opportunities

  • Annual United Way Community Campaign Chair Reception Join us on April 12th, 2017 at Valero Headquarters, as we welcome the United Way 2017 San Antonio and Bexar County Campaign Chair, Mr. Joe Gorder of Valero Energy Corporation. Join us for networking and a special announcement regarding a top childcare scholarship recipient. WLC_invite_web_banner Click HERE to RSVP
  • Power of the Purse LuncheonShop & dine with us Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Valero’s Vistas from11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and enjoy lunch with a dynamic speaker, NBA Chief Marketing Officer, Pam El, sharing her insights on personal passion and drive. All proceeds from the lunch go directly to the WLC Signature Cause.             2017_WLC_POP_Invite_FINAL




Purchase tickets or tables HERE.


  • WLC Mentoring Circles for Scholarship Recipients – NEW this year is the opportunity to volunteer and further engage with our Signature Cause by joining a mentoring group that will provide guidance, resources and encouragement to our current scholarship recipients to further assist them in their journey and connect our members to our cause. Learn more on our website as the program in launched in May.
  •  Speaker Series – Short interactive seminars and discussion focused on topics such as child development, women’s health, and community issues. Location, dates, times and topics will be emailed directly to you with a registration link.
  • Scholarship Recipients Family Day – Each year we partner with local agencies to provide an enriching day of education and fun for our Childcare Scholarship recipients and their families. Be on the lookout for an announcement regarding this year’s plans.
  • WLC Martini Mingle – You have learned with us, shopped with us, and through your investment you have directly contributed to the improving the lives of families living in San Antonio and Bexar County. Now we invite you to celebrate with us as at our year-end WLC Social. Details to come!

To learn more about San Antonio’s Women’s Leadership Council, view our Fact Sheet HERE. For more information or questions, contact: Katherine King, Director, WLC & Children’s Issue Council, at wlc@unitedwaysatx.org or (210) 352.7106.