The spirit of women and philanthropy radiated throughout the Watsco Center on Wednesday, April 19, as more than 600 purpose-driven women passionate about making a difference came together for United Way Miami’s 22nd Annual Women United Breakfast, headlined by the first African-American supermodel, Beverly Johnson.
The event’s presenting sponsor and well-known philanthropist, Leslie Miller Saiontz, founder of Achieve Miami, led an inspiring and empowering fireside chat with the legendary supermodel on the importance of breaking barriers. Johnson shared her story of shattering stereotypes and becoming a successful model and entrepreneur. She reflected on her journey (four decades of achievements), what led her to success and offered inspirational advice about the importance of trusting yourself.
United Way Miami President and CEO Symeria Hudson, the first Black woman to lead the nonprofit organization in nearly 100 years, as well as Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County’s first female Mayor, also delivered remarks and shared words of inspiration. Women United Chair Karyl Argamasilla and Vice-Chair Angelica Santibañez also graced the stage.
Considered the crown jewel of events for local influential women executives and philanthropists, the Women United Breakfast gathers women leaders who are passionate about supporting United Way Miami. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Women United raised more than $300,000 this year to benefit United Way Miami and its efforts to build a thriving and more equitable community for all.
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