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Join United Way of Greenville County’s Women United for this special event featuring bestselling author and speaker Angela Garbes!

Join United Way of Greenville County for our second Women United Summit—including our annual Women Make a Difference Luncheon featuring bestselling author and speaker Angela Garbes.

Women United Summit

October 1, 2024

Greenville Convention Center

1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607

7:30 a.m. | Registration Check-In & Breakfast
8:30–11:50 a.m. | Women United Summit
12–1 p.m. | Women Make a Difference Luncheon
1–2:30 p.m. | Networking & Vendor Exhibition

Summit workshop SESSIONS

Following breakfast and welcome remarks, summit attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of expert-led workshops covering diverse topics—from advocacy and networking to mental and physical health. Click on any of the topics below to learn more about these workshops and presenters:

presented by: Beth Veach, Entrepreneur Acumen

Are you looking to take your career to new heights and stand out in today’s competitive job market? What is the correlation between self-awareness and career fulfillment? Join us for an empowering workshop designed to equip you with essential tools and strategies to help you reach your professional aspirations. Connect with like-minded women, gain valuable skills, and leave feeling inspired and empowered to take your career to new heights.

Panelists include: Dr. Kirsten Naomi Chapman, United Way of Greenville County (moderator); Deborah DePaoli, Institute for Child Success; Derek Lewis, Greenville First Steps; Dr. Kerry Sease, Prisma Health

Childcare is not merely a parental concern; it is a societal imperative that profoundly impacts women’s professional growth and empowerment. Join us for an insightful panel workshop as we shine a spotlight on advocacy efforts aimed at revolutionizing childcare systems to uplift women in their pursuit of professional success and work-life balance.

As women continue to shatter glass ceilings in various professional fields, one critical aspect often remains overlooked: The challenge of balancing career aspirations with caregiving responsibilities. Accessible, affordable and high-quality childcare solutions are vital to enabling women to thrive both personally and professionally. This panel workshop will delve into the crucial role of advocacy in reshaping childcare policies and services, exploring the diverse benefits of empowering women through enhanced childcare support.

presented by: Tiffane Thompson Davis, Michelin North America

In this empowering workshop, we will explore the vital role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and its profound impact on women’s professional development. The session aims to foster a deeper understanding of the importance of creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, enabling women to thrive and excel in their careers. Through discussions, case studies and practical exercises, participants will gain valuable insights and tools to champion DEI initiatives, promote positive change and build a more inclusive workplace. By the end of this workshop, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and inspiration to lead the charge for change, fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment where every woman can thrive and achieve her full potential.

presented by: Kamber Parker, The YoPro Know

There are five working generations in the workplace right now. Learning why generations act based on their behaviors and upbringing will give you an advantage in your industry and business culture. This session is for those in all fields and leadership positions. You’ll be taught useful tools to better communicate with your talent, spanning from your young professional employees to the most seasoned and experienced professionals in the office. We’ll cover generational data on the five working generations’ communication preferences, as well as tools to connect with other generations in the workplace, and will workshop your challenges and successes with communication in your workplace. Whether you are looking for training focused on managing young professionals or need support with communicating with all generations, we will help your business shift its mindset from not just keeping your young professional talent, but raising the next generation of leaders.

Panelists include: Wendy Walden, Greenville Technical College (moderator); Meliah Bowers Jefferson, Wyche, P.A. and The Jolley Foundation; Dr. Caroline Caldwell, New Mind Health and Care; Courtney Abraham, Current Lighting

In today’s rapidly changing world, the significance of women’s leadership and empowerment has never been greater. We proudly present “Lessons in Leadership,” a panel workshop bringing together exceptional women leaders from diverse industries to share their insights, experiences and strategies for success. Join us for an inspiring and transformative session aimed at unlocking the true potential of women leaders and fostering a supportive community of empowerment. 

This enriching and dynamic session aims to explore the journey of successful women leaders, highlighting their challenges, triumphs and the invaluable lessons they have learned along the way. By delving into their experiences, the panelists will shed light on the various facets of leadership, from effective communication and decision-making to embracing authenticity and fostering diversity. An illuminating and transformative session that promises to equip women professionals with the tools, knowledge and motivation to embark on a journey of successful leadership. By sharing their wisdom and experiences, our esteemed panelists aim to catalyze positive change in the lives of attendees, fostering a future where women thrive as influential leaders in all spheres of society. Together, we will break barriers, shatter stereotypes and pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable world. 

presented by: Rhiannon Poore, Forge Search

Do you ever look at the life you’re living today and wonder how you got there or wish for something different? You’re not alone: countless women share these feelings of frustration.

In this interactive and deeply practical session, we’ll explore identifying the unique elements that bring you fulfillment — and a roadmap to the life you genuinely desire. What does your ideal life look like, and what steps can you take to make it a reality? But it doesn’t stop there; we’ll translate this awareness into tangible, intentional steps toward your long-term goals. By the end of our session, you’ll leave with a Values Map – a powerful tool to guide your future decisions and steer you towards a life that’s truly fulfilling and deeply meaningful.

presented by: Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

This engaging and transformative workshop is an essential part of our summit, where we strive to equip women with the knowledge and tools they need to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Far beyond mere fitness routines or diet plans, we will explore and foster a holistic understanding of women’s bodies and how to nurture and celebrate their unique strengths. Join us for this inspiring and empowering workshop, where we aim to strengthen the physical foundation that allows women to flourish in every aspect of their lives. Together, let’s embrace the power within and build a community of strong, confident and healthy women! 

presented by: Dr. Anna Baker, Clemson University

In the fast-paced and demanding world we live in, women often face unique challenges that can impact their mental well-being. Balancing personal and professional responsibilities, navigating societal expectations, and dealing with gender-specific stressors can all take a toll on mental health. This workshop aims to empower women by equipping them with practical tools and knowledge to enhance their mental well-being, build resilience and thrive in all aspects of life. 

Participants will gain valuable insights and tools to take charge of their mental health, embrace their strengths, and build resilience to overcome challenges. By fostering a supportive community and promoting mental well-being, we believe women can unlock their full potential and thrive both personally and professionally. Together, we can create a powerful movement that uplifts and empowers women across all spheres of life. 

Panelists include: UBS Financial Services’ Katie Schuba, (moderator), Laura Moore and Nicole Herman

Are you ready to seize the reins of your financial future? Join us for an empowering and transformative workshop designed specifically for ambitious and forward-thinking women. As we stand on the cusp of one of the most significant wealth transfers in history, this workshop aims to equip women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to navigate the financial landscape, capitalize on opportunities, and create a lasting legacy for generations to come. Join us for “Women and Wealth: The Great Wealth Transfer” and unlock the power of financial knowledge and empowerment. Together, we will shatter glass ceilings and pave the way for a brighter, wealthier future for women everywhere.

Call for VENDORS

This summit is an exceptional platform for vendors who specialize in resources and products tailored specifically to women. Whether you offer professional services, health and wellness products, financial guidance, career development tools or any other resources that cater to the diverse needs of women, this is the ideal opportunity to showcase your brand to a captivated audience.

Our annual Women Make a Difference Luncheon is renowned for attracting an enthusiastic and engaged community of women seeking inspiration, education and support—and this expanded summit event provides ample opportunity to gain visibility among attendees. By joining us as a vendor, you will have direct access to these motivated individuals actively seeking solutions and services that enhance their lives. It’s a chance to showcase your products, network with like-minded individuals, forge valuable partnerships and leave a lasting impact on a passionate audience.

Note: The Women United Summit will prioritize vendors and companies whose offerings align with the values of inclusivity, diversity and respect for women from all backgrounds. Participants in our vendor exhibition must purchase a ticket to join the workshops and luncheon prior to the vendor exhibition.

Share your thoughts

As we continue to build out this special event, we want to hear from you! Complete this brief questionnaire to let us know what you’re hoping to get out of this year’s Women United Summit.


Furman University
Greenville County
Greenville Technical College
Hubbel Lighting, Inc.
Long Branch Baptist Church
Michelin North America
Michelin Women’s Network
Mill Community Ministries
Northwestern Mutual
Piedmont Natural Gas
United Community Bank
United Way of the Midlands


Our corporate sponsorships offer an opportunity to make a meaningful impact, gain exposure and boost your identity in the community. By partnering with United Way as an event sponsor, you can reinforce your company’s reputation to your customers, employees and community at large.

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