Women’s Leadership Council Providing Help, Inspiration To Change Lives

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the past 15 years, women in southwestern Pennsylvania have celebrated how they can collectively change lives through the Women’s Leadership Council.

It is part of the United Way and the ladies held their 15th annual breakfast Wednesday morning.

“We have about 1,000 women supporting this cause,” Mary Richter said.

Allegheny County boasts the fifth-largest WLC in the nation.

“This program assists those women to bring them together with programs that can keep them from going into a full-blown crisis and moving on with their life,” Women’s Leadership Council Director Lynne Popash said.

The effort of women helping women is assisted each year by the fundraising breakfast. This year’s keynote speaker was Heather Abbott, who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing three-and-a-half years ago.

“She is a perfect example of a woman who faces a life-changing crisis and who has really used that to catapult herself into a whole new direction with her speaking and inspirational story,” Popash said.

Organizations like Boston Strong helped Abbott get the artificial leg she needed to resume her active lifestyle and paid for things insurance would not cover.

“It really inspired me to start the Heather Abbott Foundation, and that’s what we do. We give custom fit prostheses to amputees,” Abbott said.

“I think this event really showcases the wonderful philanthropy of the Pittsburgh region. We have our corporate community here, the foundations, everybody here in this room is here to support this wonderful cause of women helping other women in the Pittsburgh region,” Popash said.

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