Press Release : United Way Forsyth County Women’s Leadership Council Recognizes Community Leaders at Its 10th Annual Celebration Dinner

Winston-Salem, NC- November 2, 2017- United Way Forsyth County Women’s Leadership Council Recognizes Community Leaders at Its 10th Annual Celebration Dinner

The United Way Forsyth County Women’s Leadership Council hosted its 10th Annual Celebration Dinner at the Millennium Center November 1, 2017. Members had the opportunity to celebrate the council’s successes and accomplishments during its 10 years of existence. The Women’s Leadership Council is aligned with United Way’s goal of improving the high school graduation rate from 71% to 90% by 2018.

United Way Forsyth County President and CEO, Cindy Gordineer notes, “We know that a group of empowered women empower others, and it has been exciting to see the successes in our community’s schools that are a result of the Women’s Leadership Council’s efforts. “

United Way Forsyth County Director of Engagement Amanda Rosemann notes, “Members of the UWFC Women’s Leadership Council have seen their contributions impacting our community first-hand, as a result, in the past ten years, we have grown to more than 1,000 members and raised more than $5 million to meet pressing needs in our community.”

At the dinner individuals were recognized for their contributions to the mission of the WLC and community.

Outstanding Volunteer: Alexis Thompson

Outstanding Corporate: Wake Forest University

Outstanding Youth: Jalissa Johnson (8th grade, East Forsyth Middle)

Outstanding Educator: Mr. Dossie Poteat (Principal, East Forsyth Middle)

Susan Cameron Award: Priscilla Green


United Way of Forsyth County brings the community and its resources together to solve problems that no one organization can address alone.


Press Release: Philo-Hill Magnet Academy Students Participate in School of Hard Knocks

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – About 300 seventh and eighth graders at Philo-Hill Magnet Academy learned about budgeting and personal finance management recently when they participated in the School of Hard Knocks experience.

Coordinated by the Woman’s Leadership Council, an affinity group of the United Way of Forsyth County, the event involved 16 classes.

The School of Hard Knocks is a hands on financial literacy learning experience for seventh and eighth graders to learn about real life money management. Students are given a salary and budget worksheet prior to the activity. They each visit budgeting tables where volunteers will help them manage their money and invest wisely.  Students learn to manage several budgeting categories, such as: housing, transportation, groceries, food, life unexpected situations, insurance, utilities, phone/internet, lifestyle and bank/saving.