Women United: Stepping Up to Lead

In the ever-evolving landscape of philanthropy and community impact, leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of change. When I think of leadership, I cannot help but immediately think of Anna Mahoney. 

Anna has graciously served as a member, and most recently the chair, of Women United for more than six years. The best way to describe her is a perfect balance of tenacity, compassion, and humility, all of which were brought to bear in regard to her proactive and unyielding focus on addressing issues impacting women and children in Southeast Louisiana. 

Over the summer, the Dartmouth Rockefeller Center for Public Policy experienced that tenacity, compassion, and humility and, smartly, offered Anna the opportunity to be their new executive director. As much as we will miss Anna’s steady presence, deep knowledge, and never-ceasing energy, it’s great to know that she’s making an impact on the students at Dartmouth in their pursuit of productive policy and public service.

I’ve stepped into the chair role with Anna’s departure, and I’m so excited to serve all of you as a passionate advocate for positive transformation in our region. I have big shoes to fill, but one of the great things about Women United is that we are a network of supportive women all focused on tackling the unique health and human service needs of women and children in this region. 

Our common focus will take us far.   

I desire to continue the path set by great women like Anna, Toya Barnes-Teamer, Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, Alexis Tucker, Cathy McRae, and many others who have created an environment where women from diverse backgrounds can come together to create a powerful force for change. 

As we embark on this exciting chapter, I invite each member of the community to join hands in this journey of transformation in our region. Women United is not merely a committee; it’s a movement driven by purpose, guided by compassion, and fueled by the desire to create a brighter future for us all.

Living United,

Michelle Delery
Women United