United Way of Northern New Jersey congratulates Jan Brown Helgeson, a tireless advocate of its work, on her appointment to the Women United Global Leadership Council.
The Council, which supports the growth of United Way Women United globally, serves as an advisory body providing strategic recommendations to United Way Worldwide. The group also acts as a key mobilizer, engaging women leaders to advance gender equity and advocate for access to quality, affordable, educational child care.
Prior to this appointment, Helgeson served on the United Way of Northern New Jersey Women United steering committee for four years — two of them as its chair. In this leadership role, she helped to grow the organization’s fundraising, memberships and donations to support United Way’s work to help ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and households in poverty — those struggling to afford life’s basics.
“Jan has been instrumental in elevating our Women United into a powerful group of changemakers who are motivated to work toward racial and economic equity,” said United Way Senior Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Donor Engagement Michele Dreiblatt. “We are thrilled to see her ascend to the Women United Global Leadership Council where she will continue to mobilize the philanthropic power of women to advocate for ALICE.”
As a managing director at Deloitte, Helgeson oversees leadership hiring. During her nearly 20-year career with Deloitte and her work at previous companies, she has gained broad experience working with multinational clients to transform and support their global mobility programs. Passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, Helgeson leads the company’s DEI council in New Jersey. She was recently listed among “The Top 100 Women Leaders of New Jersey for 2021” by Women We Admire.
“I am so honored and grateful to join this dynamic group of women leaders,” said Helgeson, who currently serves on United Way of Northern New Jersey’s Board of Trustees. “Our charge to advance gender equity and expand access to quality, affordable, educational child care is not only exciting but truly needed.”
Women United represents more than 70,000 members working with United Ways in almost 200 communities. Helgeson underwent a rigorous nomination process and was selected by the Global Leadership Council for her experience, ability to contribute a diverse perspective and proven investment in United Way’s mission. She joins four other newly appointed members and will serve a three-year term.