WNC Community Leaders in Washington, D.C.

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United Way Staff in Washington, D.C.

From L-R: David Bailey, UWABC CEO/President; Stoney Blevins, UWTC Board Member; Nancy Craig, UWABC Senior Manager of Leadership Giving; Jim Trefz, UWTC Board Member; Taylor Foss, Chair of UWABC's WLC; Steve Pulliam, UWTC Executive Director; and Ross Sloan, UWABC Board Member

Staff and board members from United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and United Way of Transylvania County are in Washington, D.C., this week for the Community Leaders Conference (CLC). While attending, they've also met with Senator Richard Burr and staff from Senator Kay Hagan's and Representative Patrick McHenry's offices to talk about the importance of early childhood education, 2-1-1, charitable giving incentives and tax reform.

The conference is a great opportunity to share best practices from across the world and is geared not only to United Way staff, but also to our incredible volunteer leaders. Our team isn't just there to learn, we've also been selected to present.

  • Taylor Foss, Chair of Women's Leadership Council (WLC), presented information on the lessons we've learned in the first year of our local WLC chapter; and,
  • Laura Elliot, Middle School Success Manager, presented information about our Middle School Success Initiative and efforts to pull key stakeholders together to create an early warning system, with the intent to increase high school graduation rates.

CLC is one of several professional development opportunities that allow us to share the challenges and successes we observe in Asheville and Buncombe County. Through shared experiences and thoughtful discussion, we can bring lasting change to our and other communities.

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