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The United Way of Central MA is pleased to introduce our new Director of the Women’s Initiative! Get to know Emily McCann:

Emily McCann PhotoQ:  What made you want to apply for and eventually take the position as WI Director?

A: This position ties together my passion for giving back and my background/experience in both non-profit and corporate philanthropy at companies like Staples and TJX. It has brought me back to my non-profit roots, as I started my career at a small non-profit organization in Boston. All of this, along with the strong program mission to support adolescent girls, is what drew me to the position.

Q: What excites you the most about this position?

A: I am excited to develop relationships with women leaders in the community, both those already involved and those new to Women’ Initiative. I love seeing people as excited as I am to volunteer and give back. Engaging more people in the program is something I am definitely looking forward to doing.

Q: What is something you want those involved in UWCM & WI to know about you?

A: I have a 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son who drive my passion for giving back every day. I reflect on my children often when I think about what kind of world I want them and other children to live in and how I can help make that world a reality. It only takes a little to make a difference in a child’s world – a kind word, a little of your time, or a little of your money can go a long way. It all adds up.

Q: What do you like best about WI?

A: I love how the Women’s Initiative engages successful women to help open doors and opportunities for young girls. The more that girls see and meet women leaders, the more they can visualize their own successful futures. Our members help to inspire the next generation of powerful women in Worcester and beyond.

Q: What is your favorite part about Worcester?

A: The revitalization of the city! I’m excited by all the new restaurants, new construction, and new things like the WooSox coming to town. It’s a great place to be and a thriving community!

Q: What WI event are you most excited for?

A: All of the Women’s Initiative events help to drive fundraising or member engagement, but I am most excited for our Dollar $cholar financial literacy conference. We are helping girls think about their future, career, and finances, while also giving them exposure to a college campus and interaction with successful women. It’s one of the few opportunities for Women’s Initiative volunteers to directly engage and help girls in our community.

Q: What is your vision for the WI Program?

A: I want to stay true to and honor the rich history of the Women’s Initiative while also growing the program. I look forward to raising more awareness with women in the community and partnering with our members to find opportunities to expand our fundraising efforts so we are able to help even more girls.