Snapshots: Webster Women’s Leadership Society High Tea for United Way

| September 29, 2014
Webster Womens Leadership Society Cabinet members Laura Rein, Dana Parker and Nicole Roach with representatives from the United Way Greater St. Louis.

Webster Women’s Leadership Society Cabinet members and High Tea organizers Laura Rein, Dana Parker and Nicole Roach, with representatives from the United Way of Greater St. Louis and Women’s Leadership Society.

On Sept. 25, more than 50 women, both faculty and staff, came together to fellowship and learn more about the impact they can have within the community. To elevate the occasion, attendees were invited to wear a hat, reminiscent of former days when people would go great effort to dress for afternoon tea. The room was filled with berets, fedoras, bonnets, Panamas, pillboxes, cloches, derby hats and more styles, as the women enjoyed traditional High Tea refreshments while learning about the United Way Women’s Leadership Society (WLS).

Teacups were raised in support of the United Way's mission to help those in need.

Teacups were raised in support of the United Way’s mission to help those in need.

Attendees heard from President Beth Stroble, a legacy member of the WLS and United Way Board member, as well as the Webster WLS cabinet members and event organizers Dana Parker, Laura Rein and Nicole Roach. Special guests included Gwendolyn Packnett, chair for the Educational Sector of the WLS, and Whitney Kirk, relationship manager, Leadership Giving (United Way). “Webster University was founded with the idea of meeting unmet needs. This event was one example how we’re continuing these efforts as we celebrate 100 years,” said Roach.

Participants heard via video about the positive impact of the United Way on several of these families in the St. Louis area. “It was gratifying to see the number of faculty and staff turn out for this event in the Women’s Leadership Society.  With that level of interest, we know that Webster’s contributions to the United Way will remain strong,” said Rein.

President Beth Stroble, in a videotaped message, shared in the high tea, creating a global theme with her hat from Ecuador and teacup from the United Kingdom, both alumni gifts.

President Stroble, in a videotaped message, welcoming attendees, shared in the high tea, creating a global theme with her hat from Ecuador and teacup from the United Kingdom, both alumni gifts.

Webster United Way Campaign

The United Way partners with more than 170 local agencies, with the United Way of Greater St. Louis serving 16 counties in Illinois and Missouri with a population of nearly 3 million people. The United Way campaign at Webster closes on Friday, Oct. 24. To make a donation, see the United Way epledge email from Sept. 22, or log in to Connections and click on the United Way link.)

Visit webster.edu/unitedway to learn more about Webster University’s United Way campaign. Contact Nicole Roach to learn more about the United Way Women’s Leadership Society at (314) 246.8250 or nroach@webster.edu.

About the Women’s Leadership Society

The Women’s Leadership Society (WLS) is comprised of almost 3,600 women who give in order to fulfill a mission: helping people. In addition, this group of women is committed to help one another, both personally and professionally. Last year, the WLS raised over $7.8 million for United Way of Greater St. Louis. The WLS has members from numerous sectors: accountants, attorneys, financial services, health services, education, government, nonprofit, corporate, and the private sector.

Webster Spirit: Attendees were encouraged to "wear their favorite hat"... for the High Tea.

Webster spirit: Attendees were encouraged to “wear their favorite hat” for the High Tea…

Some attendees took the opportunity to craft their own "fascinator" hat fashions.

…and some High Tea attendees crafted their own “fascinator” hat fashions.

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