Women United's 10th Anniversary Power of the Purse presented by Key4Women

Women United’s
10th Anniversary Power of the Purse
Fundraiser and Silent Auction

presented by Key4Women

June 17, 2021  
Networking: 11:30 a.m. 
Main program: 12:00 p.m. 
Silent Auction Ends at 1:00 p.m.


 Welcome and Networking Sessions
powered by Pratt & Whitney 

Remarks from Mayor Luke Bronin

Networking Sessions | 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

While we wish we could gather together to celebrate this milestone occasion, we are pleased to recreate the coveted networking experience virtually. 

Password for all networking sessions:  POP21

Financial Wellness for You, Your Business, and Your Employees, Presented by Key4Women

“Financial Wellness for You, Your Business, and Your Employees, Presented by Key4Women” is a three-part presentation and discussion designed to offer participants an introduction to Key4Women and the myriad of services they provide including 1) information about how business owners can obtain capital and grow their productivity and 2) how to support your employees through financial wellness. The session will conclude with a period for Q&A from the audience participants. Hosted by Ana Gois of KeyBank.

The Power of Life Design:
Creating the Life You Want to Lead

For the Power of the Purse Networking Session, Melissa will be speaking about The Horizon Life Design. This process is a framework to help explore how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage of your life. Using Human Centered Design techniques, you will learn the framework to set a course for success. Over a series of activities, you’ll assess where you are, imagine your future possibilities and create experiments to help you test out what you really want to do. Hosted by Melissa O’Hara of O’Hara Solutions Group.

Siemer Institute Family Stability –
A 2Gen Approach

Kim Habash Dorniden, President and National Executive Director of Siemer Institute, joins us to emphasize the importance of housing stability. With a stable home, families thrive and students succeed academically. Learn how Siemer institute is advancing their mission using a two-generation approach to serve families both nationally and locally. Hosted by Kim Habash Dorniden of Siemer Institute.

The Unknown Benefits of Risk-Taking!

Around the world in 18 jobs… From Paris to DC to New York to Shanghai to Prague to Dubai and back again, Erin B. Williams has lived and worked around the world. She will share the lessons and experiences that have shaped her as a woman, a mother, a daughter, a wife and an executive at two of the world’s top two tech. companies: IBM and Google. Hosted by Erin Williams of Google.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Community Conversations

This discussion will explore the face of Diversity, equity and inclusion in today’s workplace and offer strategies to increase engagement and support inclusion. Hosted by Andréa Hawkins of Leading Culture Solutions.


How to Love Your Mental Health Post-Pandemic

Once afraid of mental health, Kim now embraces it and has transformed her fears into loving kindness for herself and others. During the Power of the Purse Networking Session, Kim will share her journey through mindfulness, how it can profoundly impact your life and mental health, and how to easily integrate it into your busy lives. Hosted by Kim Pita of Kim Pita Peaces.

Post-COVID Escape –
What Does Travel Look Like Now?

Maybe you were an avid traveler prior to COVID or maybe you were afraid to, didn’t know where to start or travel just wasn’t your thing. Now that we are coming out of being trapped in our homes for an extended period of time and the world is opening back up. Join me for a discuss on traveling and what that looks like in the Post-COVID Era. Hosted by Nicole Terry of Pratt & Whitney.

Main Event | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Thank you for joining us for our special 10th Anniversary Power of the Purse Fundraiser and Silent Auction presented by KeyBank | Key4Women! We hope you enjoy the program.

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Silent Auction powered by Travelers

Anniversary Celebration Bracelets

Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Power of the Purse beaded bracelet by Kendra Quinn-Ward. One size fits all, silver hematite beading with a celebration charm, a purse charm and a little bling! A portion of the proceeds help support families on the pathway to financial stability. Get yours while supplies last.

Success Bags

Advance the success of your neighbors with an automatic donation of a Success Bag to a woman in a United Way-supported economic mobility program. Success bags contain toiletries and personal items to get on track.

Meet your 10th Anniversary Power of the Purse Co-Chairs!

Julie DeLucca-Collins

Founder, CEO and Podcast Host, Go Confidently Services

Isabela Danielsen

Associate Director, Military Engine Contracts Centers of Excellence, Pratt & Whitney

Meet your 10th AnniversaryPower of the Purse Keynote Speaker powered by The Hartford!

Lucinda Cross is an entrepreneur, motivational superstar and bestselling author who tells it like it is. If you want inspiration, authenticity, and straight talk with business and personal development leaders, then Lucinda Cross is your go-to. She is a Certified Business Coach, and TV Lifestyle Expert, Lucinda Cross is the CEO of two personal and professional development companies, Activate Worldwide LLC. and Activate Your Life.org brands, which include The Big ASK, WE Nation, and Activate Your Life Leadership training.

She is a former corporate executive and leadership empowerment trainer for Fortune 500 companies including NIKE, Prudential Securities, DELTA Air Line, and ESSENCE Magazine. The Department of Justice calls on Lucinda to co-convene women’s initiatives, gather local women leaders, strategically plan the mobilization of women, and provide insight on women’s empowerment, reentry, and development. Lucinda launched a community service initiative known as WE Nation, to serve at-risk youth and women that have grown to a network of over 100k. She is an award-winning influencer who has received the Life Time Achievement Award from former President Barack Obama, 40 under 40 Award from Westchester County, 25 Influential Black Women, and many more.

Meet your 10th Anniversary Power of the Purse entertainment powered by TD Bank!

Saskia Laroo (1959) was hailed by American public and press at large as “Lady Miles of Europe”. She is one of the few women trumpet stylists and a delight on the music scene for almost four decades.

Born July 31, 1959 in Amsterdam, it began for her on trumpet at age 8, never dreaming herself becoming a professional musician.

That all changed when Saskia, turned 18, after briefly majoring in Mathematics at University of Amsterdam switched her focus to a career in music. She worked extensively in various groups from this point, primarily on upright bass, though eventually, on both bass and trumpet. Saskia Laroo combines today’s music by uncontrived romps into new styles, eagerly limned as “nu jazz” or “swingin’ body-music”–a vivacious blend of hip-hop, jazz, salsa, funk reggae, and world, that a select few others would dare venture.

Her artistry and her groove ring vibrantly and free on her eight CD albums, a LP and a DVD, journeying us through all the music she has absorbed, played with heart and soul.

By Ausra Listaviciute, adapted by Remco Takken, translated by Warren Byrd

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

Keynote Sponsor

Welcome Sponsor

Silent Auction Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Entertainment Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Event Resources, Inc. | HSB | Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.


Silver Sponsors

ConnectiCare | Conning | Hartford Healthcare | Sun Life Financial | Talcott Resolution  | Virtus Investment Partners


Bronze Sponsors

Deloitte LLP | The Ethel Walker School | Goings Family Law | Morgan Stanley | Moses Tax Group, PC | Prudential | The Village for Families & Children, Inc.