Get more involved and be a part of United Way Suncoast by attending one of our upcoming events.

Next Upcoming Event:

Young Leaders’s Society Leadership Networking Breakfast

REGISTER; free for YLS members, $10 for non-members.

Tue, March 26, 2019
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Maestro’s Restaurant
1010 North Macinnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602

Start your morning with a stimulating conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion with the United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society. Enjoy coffee, mini donuts and networking with young professionals from across our community to build connections, knowledge and professional skills.

So many conversations today center on living better lives together through recognizing, honoring and respecting our differences and learning better ways to work with our peers.

Our panel will cover topics including:

  • Understanding our own inherent biases
  • How to react when someone’s actions/words are offensive
  • Techniques for handling uncomfortable conversations around race and diversity
  • How can we create a more inclusive environment in our personal and professional lives

Featured Speakers

Dr. Luz D. Randolph is Assistant Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives at University of South Florida (USF) Foundation, cultivating relationships across the community that enhance students’ diverse experiences. Dr. Randolph assisted in the development of the Black Leadership Network which provides financial and mentoring support to African American students. Dr. Randolph holds a B.A in Interpersonal Communication and a Masters in Education from USF. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership Administration degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Erik C. Smith is the Managing Member of Inclusivity, LLC, specializing in cultural competence, community relations and cross-cultural marketing. Most recently Erik was the Cultural Competence and Inclusion Director at Valpak where he developed a cultural competency rubric to show how diversity, coupled with inclusion, creates opportunities for innovation, drives revenue and enhances recruitment, retention and professional development of employees and suppliers. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 100 advertising agencies.

The Leadership Development Series is hosted by the United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society to foster philanthropy and leadership. Email for more information.

Back To School Bash 2018

Saturday, August 4 at 8:01 AM – 2:01 PM
Raymond James Stadium
4201 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Florida 33607

Join us for the 2018 Back to School Bash, hosted by WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil! This is a FREE event for all Hillsborough County K-12 students. Parents and guardians can register their child on site to receive FREE:

School physicals • Immunizations • Eye exams
School supplies • Food and fun for the whole family • And much more!

For information on sponsorship and to register to volunteer for the event visit

Tocqueville Society & Women United Breakfast Forum on Education

What: Tocqueville Society and Women United Breakfast Forum on Education
When: Tuesday, August 14 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Selby Auditorium, USF Sarasota Manatee 8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Cost: Free – Thanks to USF sponsorship


Women United is planning a very special event for Tuesday, August 14th from 8:00-10:00am at the Selby Auditorium at the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. We are fortunate enough to have both the Superintendent of Sarasota County Schools, Dr. Todd Bowden and the Superintendent for Manatee County Schools, Ms. Cynthia Saunders join us for a panel discussion on the recently approved property tax proposal dedicated to continue support to Sarasota schools for more hours and resources and the new millage increase in Manatee County to provide the same.

We will be discussing with both Dr. Bowden and Ms. Saunders the plans for the effective utilization of this funding and how the accountability for progress will be managed along with other critical issues such as plans to increase school safety.

Thanks to USF’s kind sponsorship this event is free of charge.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Todd Bowden was selected as the next superintendent of Sarasota County Schools by the School Board in October 2016 and began serving in that role on March 1, 2017. Prior to being named superintendent, Bowden served as executive director of career, technical and adult education (2012-16) and director of Sarasota County Technical Institute (2007-16).

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida, a master’s in business administration from Florida State University, and a master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.

A Florida native, Bowden grew up in Brandon and Valrico and attended Bloomingdale High. He and his wife Janene have two children who attend Sarasota County public schools: a daughter, Johnna, and a son, Bobby.

Cynthia Saunders was sworn in as Superintendent on June 28, 2018. Prior to that Mrs. Saunders was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services on July 25, 2015. She has been in education with more than 28 years of combined experience in advanced leadership, curriculum development, staff development, school administration and teacher.

A Silver Springs, Florida resident Mrs. Saunders graduated with a Master’s Degree (M.S.) from Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida and holds an Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) from Central Florida Community College.

She has been a member of the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), United Way and Kiwanis.

Denise Davis-Cotton, EdD, the Coordinator of the Florida Center for PAInT. She is an esteemed professional and educator and author of Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me), in which she shows the discord between the preparations of her educational journey along life’s landscape, what she discovers, and what needs to happen to reignite the educational spirit.

She is a Milken Foundation internationally recognized educator, Michiganian of the Year, and Past President of Arts Schools Network in which she made historic contributions to education and the cultural renaissance. She is the founder and served as the First Principal of Detroit School of Arts (DSA). She also received two Keys to the City of Montgomery (Alabama), as well as the Congressional Record Recognition by the 106th Congress, and she is recognized as a Distinguished Alumni – Alabama State University.

Dr. Davis-Cotton hails from Montgomery, Alabama and is dedicated to promoting achievement through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) initiatives, thus providing a balanced intellectual sphere that includes divergent thinking and creativity.

She holds an earned doctorate from Wayne State University, an Education specialist certification from Wayne State University, a Master of Arts from the University of Montevallo, and a Bachelor of Science from Alabama State University.

United Way Suncoast Campaign Kickoff

THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018 • 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Join Us for the United Way Suncoast Campaign Kickoff

We win when we LIVE UNITED. By forging unlikely partnerships. By finding new solutions to old problems. By mobilizing the best resources. And by inspiring individuals to join the fight against their community’s most daunting social crises.

So who are the hand raisers, the game changers? They’re people who know that at the core of every human being is a desire to do good. People who recognize the power that comes from a shared purpose. People who understand they’re always stronger together than they are alone. People like you.

So raise your hand if you’re ready to be that game changer. Because United we fight, United we win. We have one life. To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

Individual Ticket: $30
Table of 10: $300
*Processing fee may apply.