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The Women’s Leadership Council was established in 2007 with 12 founding members as an organization that promoted women philanthropic leaders in the Winston-Salem Forsyth County community. One of the main focuses of WLC has been to help to accelerate the high school graduation rate in Forsyth County. 


We don’t stand by. We’re raising our voices, rolling up our sleeves, and leaving our fingerprints on a legacy of change that benefits everyone. As part of United Way of Forsyth County, we have unparalleled resources to make lasting local impact.  


Our community needs champions who understand the problems and will offer solutions that make a difference. 

 We ignite the power of women – who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done – to create lasting change in our communities. 


YWCA Best Choice Center is a year-round academic enrichment program, providing After School and Summer Camp programs for K-8 students from Com-munity Wide and Place Matters schools. The mission is to help at risk children succeed academically and interpersonally. The Crosby Bigs for Success Program, which matches high school age Crosby Scholars with Best Choice students, pro-vides mentors for the younger children. The Crosby Bigs are trained by Big Brothers Big Sisters to support “Littles” development of soft skills and promote K-12 success. After School and Summer Camp programs provide certified teachers, transportation, meals, field trips, and access to resources. 


 The Salvation Army Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 5-18 from 38 schools in the WS/Forsyth County School System. During non-school hours, the club provides a safe place with supportive adult mentors, peer friendships, and high-impact youth development programs. Emphasizing the importance and requirements of graduation from high school and the opportunities a post-secondary education can provide are both key aspects of the commitment to educational equity. Annual priorities include a focused curriculum including education and career development, character and leadership, health and wellness, the arts, sports and recreation. 


By joining the Women Leadership Council, you’ll become part of a community of like-minded women who contribute their passions, ideas, and unique strengths to the mission of building a stronger Forsyth County.  

You can make a difference through volunteer opportunities within the community alongside others who share your passion. As part of the organization, you’ll have opportunities to network and collaborate with business and community leaders at exclusive events. This is your chance to learn about the key issues impacting our community, advocate at the local level, and become part of meaningful progress.  


Membership is $1,000 annually. 40% of your total contribution is invested in WLC’s education initiatives, while 60% is designated to United Way of Forsyth County community investments. Members are encouraged to increase their annual Leadership Circle gift, but not required. 


New members can join with a gift of $500 and incrementally increase by $100 annually while enjoying membership benefits right away. Existing United Way Leadership Circle members can incrementally increase their gift over 5 years to move to the next Leadership level.  

Barbara has spent a 30+ year career in the financial services industry with BB&T. During her time with BB&T she was able to grow her leadership and serve as the Chief Information Officer. Among her many achievements, she was named one of American Bankers top 25 Women to Watch in 2018. Duck’s grit and determination doesn’t only show up in her career, she is a fighter. In 2017 Barbara was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not only did beat it, she didn’t miss a beat in her career! Barbara is an inspiration to all who have an opportunity to know her. She is a leader with a desire to help other women build the leader up in them. She has a philanthropic heart, a strategic brain, and amazing vision. It is an honor to have Barbara back at the wheel of the Women’s Leadership Council!
Barbara Duck, Forsyth County Chair,
Women’s Leadership Council


WLC is committed to making a positive change in our community by harnessing the energy of professionals in our community

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WLC provides exclusive community leadership opportunities! We host monthly volunteer events with our over 60 partner agencies.

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