Heart of Florida United Way has announced the new 2020-2021 Women United® Leadership and Steering Committee. Elisha Gonzalez, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations and Executive Director of FAIRWINDS Foundation, is the new chair; and the new vice chair is Lisa Curran, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at OUC. Supporting Gonzalez and Curran is a steering committee of 22 members leading the charge and inspiring change throughout Central Florida through Women United®.
Women United® is an action-oriented, impact-driven group of Central Florida leaders dedicated to empowering the women and children of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, who are one emergency away from financial disaster. Since the group’s inception in 2007, they’ve advocated in Tallahassee; volunteered with organizations serving this population; and hosted their own events to assist with job interview training, educational sessions about car seat safety, nutrition, early development – and much more. We sat down with Elisha Gonzalez to discuss the new committee members and the new focus on ALICE for the three year term. The diversity of backgrounds and resources from the new committee members brings "new perspectives and audiences to Women United" says Gonzalez. The pandemic has exacerbated the number of ALICE families in Central Florida, and it "is important to focus on community issues happening in the moment."
"As part of a powerful, global network of more than 70,000 women leaders, Women United® takes a stand against the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in six countries. As an integral part of Heart of Florida United Way, Women United® fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. The group tackles the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. It empowers each other to leverage their passions, ideas, expertise and resources to boost every child’s chance for success in school, work and life."