Andrea Ellis, assistant vice president for innovation, and Leigh Stanfield, director of global campus programs, are Women’s Leadership Council coordinators for the 2015 WakeUnited Campaign. The campaign, which takes place during the month of October, is the Reynolda Campus initiative to support United Way of Forsyth County.
“The Women’s Leadership Council gives women opportunities to grow as leaders through opportunities to volunteer, network, and support education,” says Stanfield. “Right now our work is most closely aligned with the United Way’s efforts to raise the high school graduation rate in Forsyth County. Our goal is 90 percent by 2018, which is a big improvement from 71 percent when we started the program.”
Many members of the Wake Forest community have personal experience with United Way and then are inspired to do more.
“I wanted to do something for the community that was service related but wanted it to be something that I believe in and that is meaningful to me,” says Ellis. “Initially, United Way touched my family through its Hospice organization. Since that time, however, I have learned of countless other ways UW has an impact on the entire Winston-Salem community.”
“If we want to thrive as a community, we must engage with the community where we live,” says Ellis. “Giving to WakeUnited helps make Winston-Salem a better place to live and, in a fundamental way, WakeUnited is Pro Humanitate.”
Want to get involved? Stanfield and Ellis are happy to talk with you individually, and they also suggest two opportunities to connect with WLC in September.
Join the WLC team (or cheer members on!) at the Moonlight Madness 5K & Fun Run to benefit United Way of Forsyth County at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in Bailey Park, which is located at 575 N. Patterson Avenue in Innovation Quarter.
Wake Forest will host a WLC gathering on Monday, Sept. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m. on the patio at Fratelli’s restaurant on Reynolda Road. This is a great opportunity for members to get updates about the work of WLC, for newcomers to learn more about the group, and for everyone to enjoy food and good conversation.