Leading Ladies United

United Way’s Leading Ladies United was founded in 2015 by a diverse team of business women in Anderson County. These women are advocates for workplace equality and believe in empowering the next generation of women to continue to fight for equal  opportunities for all. Leading Ladies United has raised more than $70,000 to support programs for women and girls seeking assistance for domestic violence, workforce development, and education equality. Additionally, this group gives women opportunities to network and be inspired by other female leaders in the community and nation.

To date, Leading Ladies United has raised over $100,000. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the group as a donor, table host, speaker, or cheerleader. You have helped make a difference for women and girls in your community!


Leading Ladies Committee
  • Naomi Asher

  • Bonnie Carroll

  • Sarah Roberts

  • Tracy Boatner

  • Doris Heim

  • Leslie England

  • Ryan Overton

Table Hosts
Our Leading Ladies

Nikki Adkisson

Kate Antone

Naomi Asher

Charlee Bailey

Sasha Benjamin

Tracy Boatner

Sherry Browder

Bonnie Carroll

Leslie England

Natalie Erb

Ashley Hartman

Anita Hazelwood

Doris Heim

Martha Hobson

Leigha Humphries

Jennifer Lawson

Kathy Martin

Lee McGetrick

Ruby Miller

Susana Navarro-Valenti

Ryan Overton

Greta Ownby

Laura Lynn Riden

Sarah Roberts

Carol Smallridge

Anne Smith

Nancy Stanley

Jennifer Walker

Susan Walter

Martha Wallus

Carroll Welch

Fran Williams

Angela Wilson

Janet Wood

Leading Ladies

Tracey Beckendorf-Edou

Lydia Birk

Tracy Boatner

Sherry Browder

Natalie Erb

Amanda Meixel

Ryan Overton

Samantha Pack

Mea Reeves

Sarah Roberts

Kathy Rollow

Michelle Solomon

Leslie England

Jennifer Enderson

Ashley Hartman

Emerging Leaders

Naomi Asher

Lorie Baker-Wallace

Marlene Bannon

Anita Hazelwood

Megan Houchin

Sue Anne Lewis

Meghan Lovelace

Brianna Sprunger

Supporting Donors

Judi Gray

Jennifer Walker

Janis Williams

Judy Wilson

Annie Cacheiro

Leading Initiatives

Girls face unique struggles during adolescence and in school that can make it difficult to succeed. ‘Career Pathways,’ a Leading Ladies Initiative, meets those students at a critical point in their lives. Students in the program are interviewed and employed at a local nonprofit for a semester, where they learn practical job skills, earn a paycheck, and make a difference in their community. These students are also paired with a mentor, many of them Leading Ladies, who offer advice, counseling, or a listening ear throughout the semester. This program has seen tremendous success, and many students have found new direction and passion for their education and their future.

If you would like to get involved as a mentor for a Career Pathways students, please contact Naomi at naomi@uwayac.org or call the office at 865-483-8431!

Photo Galleries

2016 Luncheon