Connecting Beyond the Circle


For Leadership Donors  

Women United is proud to present the Connecting Beyond the Circle series, an expansion of our Connecting Circle series. While Connecting Circles are intimate gatherings for 6-12 women, Beyond the Circle events feature female leaders at sites that can host larger groups.

Additionally, Connecting Beyond the Circle is offered to all Women United members registered as giving $600 or more annually to the Tulsa Area United Way.

To confirm your giving information is correctly logged, please email or Please complete this two-minute form.

The objective of this series is to provide members with opportunities to further develop their personal, professional, and community building skills with cutting edge topics. Attendees can look forward to networking, mentoring advice, and professional development opportunities as well.

upcoming connecting beyond the circle

april 2020




Female Philanthropy: Women Helping Women


Thank you to all the Leadership Women United members who attended the Spotlight on Female Philanthropy event in Oct. 2018. Participants heard from a panel of women philanthropists from a range of industries on what inspires them to give and how women offer a unique perspective to the philanthropy landscape. Pictured from left: Alison Anthony, Tulsa Area United Way president and CEO, Joel-lyn McCormick, Assistant US Attorney, Jan Clayton, Tulsa Community College, SVP Student Affairs, Beverly Kellough, Retired Accountant, ONEOK, and Julie Davis,Executive Director, YWCA Tulsa.



Advocacy 101: Making Connections with Local Legislators

More than 50 Women United members and guests attended the Connecting Beyond the Circle, Advocacy 101: Making Connections with Local Legislators, to learn about best practices and effective strategies for women to make meaningful connections with our local legislators. Pictured are, from left, Elizabeth Osburn, senior vice president of government affairs for the Tulsa Regional Chamber; Melodye Blancett, District 78 Representative; Dahlia Rainwater, WU Event Committee; Carol Bush, District 70 Representative; Rachel Hutchings, WU Event Committee; and TAUW Affinity Group Manager, Kate Starr.


An Economic Case for STEM


Advocacy 101 Boot Camp: How One Person Can Make a Difference

More than 40 Women United members and guests attended the most recent Connecting Beyond the Circle, Advocacy 101 Boot Camp: How One Person Can Make a Difference, for a discussion on how to effectively engage and advocate at the local and state level for laws and policy objectives. Pictured are, from left, Lisa McLarty, WU Education Committee Chair; Amber England, Executive Director of Stand for Children Oklahoma; Suzanne Schreiber, Tulsa Public School Board of Education vice president and District 7 representative; WU Chair Susan Crenshaw; and TAUW Donor Engagement Manager Kate Starr. Our facilitators used examples of how to influence decisions on education in our city and state, but the tools they provided will translate to whatever issues we might seek to influence.