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Celebrated Author to Inspire United Way Women Leaders

United Way Women United to honor YMCA CEO with Women in Philanthropy Award

Area women business, community and philanthropic leaders are invited to network and hear from bestselling author and startup investor Fran Hauser at the United Way Women United annual fundraiser on Friday, March 25 at the Bridgewater Marriott.

Held from 8 to 10:30 a.m., the event will also see Suzanne McCormick, the first female CEO of YMCA of the USA, receive this year’s Women in Philanthropy Award.

Proceeds will support United Way of Northern New Jersey’s work helping ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and households in poverty throughout its five-county footprint. Despite working hard, ALICE essential workers struggle to afford the basics.

Fran Hauser spent 15 years working in digital media, most notably as president of digital at Time Inc. Today she is the bestselling author of “The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate.” As a startup investor, Hauser champions women-founded companies. She has been featured on TODAY, Fortune, CNBC,, Forbes, and more. Hauser will be signing copies of her newest book, “Embrace the Work, Love Your Career: A Guided Workbook for Realizing Your Career Goals with Clarity, Intention, and Confidence,” after the event.

Interviewing Hauser is President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Tanuja Dehne. The Morristown-based foundation has distributed more than $500 million in grants and technical support to New Jersey nonprofits.

“When women in our community empower and advocate for ALICE, it’s a win for everyone,” said Senior Director of Women’s Philanthropy and Donor Engagement Michele Dreiblatt. “Held this year during Women’s History Month, this event will inspire attendees with its powerful lineup of accomplished women who give back to their communities.”

This year’s Women in Philanthropy award recipient is Suzanne McCormick, the first female CEO of YMCA of the USA. Throughout her nearly 30-year career, McCormick has worked for nonprofit and for-impact organizations which have served ALICE households. Prior to her current role, McCormick was a leading national voice for ALICE as United Way Worldwide’s U.S. President. She became a champion of the ALICE movement during her tenure as CEO of United Way Suncoast in Florida.

Moderating the event is Allison C. Williams, founder and owner of the Williams Law Group in Short Hills, N.J. Williams has appeared on NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business list and is a frequent lecturer.

The breakfast is supported in part by Presenting Sponsor Ethicon and Platinum Sponsors Deloitte, GSK and the Williams Law Group.

Tickets for the breakfast are $125. To register or find out more about the event or Women United, visit, email or call 973.993.1160, x128.

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