After growing up in poverty, United Way's President and CEO Lucy Miller has been ranked among the most powerful women in the country – an accomplishment that shows the value of investing in social change.
On December 3, the Women's Executive Network (WXN) announced Miller as a recipient of the 2013 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards. She joins United Way board members Leslie O'Donoghue and Marie Delorme, who are also on this year's Top 100 list.
O'Donoghue, Executive VP of Agrium, has been inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame for making the list four times. Delorme, CEO of the Imagination Group of Companies, is a recipient in the Trailblazers & Trendsetters category for leaders who "fearlessly navigate through new territory." Calgary community leaders Lorraine Mitchelmore (Shell Canada) and Janice Odegaard (Suncor) are also on the list, recognized for their leadership.
Miller says the Top 100 awards confirm the importance of United Way’s work in Calgary. “We’re in the business of intentionally planning social change,” says Miller. “If you think of our city as a grid of opportunities, we all benefit when people can connect to that grid and thrive. It has a ripple effect that has intergenerational impact.”