United Way of Pueblo County President/CEO and Staff Receive ‘Shero’ Recognition, Worldwide Leadership Program Acceptance

United Way of Pueblo County President/CEO Shanna M. Farmer was recently recognized as one of two Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) 2020 “Shero” honorees. WFCO defines a shero as a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities; a heroine. 

Shanna stood out amongst the dozens of nominations for her tenacity and perseverance as she faced several personal challenges and rose above them being named the President/CEO of United Way of Pueblo County in September 2019. In her new role, Shanna has led the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic to establish the UWPC Emergency Response & Recovery Fund raising $240,000 within two months and supporting 29 local nonprofits during this pandemic.

“Shanna embodies the best of what we’ve seen from Colorado women during the COVID pandemic,” stated Women’s Foundation of Colorado President & CEO Lauren Y. Casteel. “She is a fearless champion of her community and is relentless in creating bridges to opportunity for all Puebloans.”

Bianca Hicks, director of marketing, events, and initiatives for United Way of Pueblo County has been selected to participate in United Way Worldwide’s Leaders Engaged in Accelerated Development (LEAD) Program. This leadership program is designed to provide learning and leadership development to nurture skill development, networking, and knowledge share, with dedicated support for career growth within the United Way Network.

Selection for the LEAD Program is based on performance, potential and core competencies. 
Applications for the program come from the worldwide network of 12,850 people and is open to those working across all departments and groups. This program is available to all high potential and high performing participants each year.  

“Leadership development is critical for building the pipeline of future leaders for the global United Way network,” said Amy Dinofrio, vice-president of people strategies, talent and board engagement at United Way Worldwide. “Identifying high-performing and high-potential employees enables us to build a culture of top-performing talent and ensures we will continue to effectively serve the unmet needs of every person in every community.” 

The 2020 LEAD Program runs from August 2020 to July 2021 and requires participants to take part in a monthly webinar series.