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United Way Women’s Initiative members are professionals, community volunteers, and business leaders who inspire those around them to reach out with full and giving hearts. Throughout the year, Women’s Initiative members enjoy educational, networking, and professional development opportunities and host Women’s Initiative events at their homes and businesses to support one another and learn more about the work of United Way.

The Women’s Initiative serves as an extension of the United Way, improving lives and building better communities. Women’s Initiative members are inspired civic-minded women who value and champion community impact, philanthropic stewardship, diversity, and inclusion

United Way Women’s Initiative members make personal gifts of $2,500 or more annually. For more information, contact Isha Baker.

Women’s Initiative Co-Chairs


Jeanne Abundis

Cassandra McZeal


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      ExxonMobil Annuitant
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      Tanda Resources LLC
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      Edward Jones
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      Carbonara Group
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      Angeles Wealth Management, LLC
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      Rice University
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      Haynes & Boone Retiree
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      ExxonMobil Global Projects Company
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      ExxonMobil Global Services
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      Westlake Compounds, LLC
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      TPC Group Retiree
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      Memorial Hermann Health System
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      O’Melveney & Myers LLP
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      Woodside Energy
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      Houston Properties
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      Reliance Rail International
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      Amegy Bank/Zions Bancorporation
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      Service Corporation International
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      Occidental Petroleum
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      ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions
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      Murphy Oil

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