Women United Global Leadership Council welcomes new Vice Chair Cathy McRae


Women United Global Leadership Council welcomes new Vice Chair Cathy McRae

NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) is proud to announce its longtime advocate, donor and volunteer Cathy McRae as the new vice chair of the Women United® Global Leadership Council. As vice chair, McRae will support a Council of more than a dozen female philanthropists and volunteers who provide strategic guidance to United Way Worldwide in engaging global Women United members.  

Cathy McRae

McRae begins her term as vice chair as a member of UWSELA's Board of Trustees, Tocqueville Society cabinet and Women United. 

The Women United Global Leadership Council is working to advance gender equity and empower every woman and girl to reach their full potential. With a membership of over 75,000 women in almost 200 communities, Women United leaders are spotlighting the challenges faced by women and taking action – through charitable giving, volunteering or advocacy – in the fight for gender equity.  

McRae retired from Shell Energy Resource Company as Vice President, Capability-Deepwater, Shell Upstream Americas in 2015 after over 32 years with the company. As VP, Capability, she was accountable to improve, grow and sustain Deepwater technical capability; develop a robust technical talent pipeline where knowledge is transferred from more senior staff; and provide UA Deepwater technical assurance to projects, wells and assets.

She serves on the Presidential Council of Alumnae at Michigan Technological University and is a member of the Women's Energy Network, International Women's Forum, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers and New Orleans Geological Society. 

McRae will assume the global council's chair position in 2023.

For more information about Women United and the Women United Global Leadership Council visit WomenUnited.org


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit UnitedWaySELA.org. Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.