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ABC Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee to Share Personal Mental Health and Resilience Story as Keynote Speaker for Heart of Florida United Way’s 15th Annual Women United® Luncheon

ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2022) – Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is returning to in-person events with the first being the 15th Annual Women United Luncheon on Wed., April 6, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Rosen Plaza. Ready to inspire attendees to take charge of their own health will be award-winning ABC chief meteorologist Ginger Zee. As the headline speaker for the event, Zee will share her story about her own personal struggles with mental health and her resilience to overcome it.
 
“Ginger has been very outspoken about the mental health struggles she’s endured throughout her career,” said Lourdes Mola, president of Lourdes Mola Solutions and chair of the 2022 Women United Luncheon. “We’ve all struggled during various parts of our careers and given the past two years of working through a global pandemic, we’re looking forward to her inspiring and empowering attendees how to take charge and prioritize their own mental health. Let’s face it, it’s no longer uncommon.”
 
Zee’s New York Times best-selling memoir Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One, she brings readers along the immensely difficult path that took her from a depressed fledgling meteorologist to the first female chief network meteorologist at a network. While she worked her way up through various news outlets, in the Midwest as a meteorologist and storm chaser, she chased storms while avoiding the real one brewing at home – a string of misguided relationships, including a horrifically abusive one that wouldn’t end until she was forced to call police, and a deep soul search that lead her to check in to a mental health hospital 10 days before starting her job at ABC. Zee was struggling with significant mental health issues that went undiagnosed until she entered that inpatient therapy and began—slowly but surely—to get her on track.
 
Lourdes Mola, MBA, President & CEO of Lourdes Mola Solutions, and Kathy Brown, MBA, CPXP, Program Experience of Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute®, are chair and vice chair, respectively, of the 2022 Women United® Luncheon. Women United® is an action-oriented, impact-driven group of Central Florida leaders dedicated to empowering the women and children of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, who are one emergency away from financial disaster. Since the group’s inception in 2007, they’ve advocated in Tallahassee; volunteered with organizations serving this population; and hosted their own events to assist with job interview training, educational sessions about car seat safety, nutrition, early development – and much more.
 
As part of a powerful, global network of more than 70,000 women leaders, Women United® takes a stand against the most critical issues facing more than 165 communities in six countries. As an integral part of Heart of Florida United Way, Women United® fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. The group tackles the issues that matter most to the people who call it home. It empowers each other to leverage their passions, ideas, expertise and resources to boost every child’s chance for success in school,
By strategically investing in local solutions and leveraging a worldwide footprint, Women United® is able to positively impact Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties while also being part of the bigger picture and broader cause.
Sponsors for the 15th Annual Women United® Luncheon are WalMart, Inc., Dr. Phillips Charities, and University of Central Florida. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting WomenUnited@HFUW.org, which include a Meet & Greet experience with the speaker.
Tickets are $95 for general admission; $125 Premium ticket (includes general admission, a copy of Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I am One). A Corporate Table for 10 attendees is also available for $2,000.
Visit hfuw.org/womenunited to learn more about the work Women United through Heart of Florida United Way or email WomenUnited@HFUW.org. To learn more about the upcoming annual luncheon, visit http://uwwomenunited.org/. Visit HFUW.org to learn more about Heart of Florida United Way. Follow us on Facebook at Heart of Florida United Way and on Twitter and Instagram @hfuw.
 
About Heart of Florida United Way
Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs. In 2018-19, it raised and managed more than $22.4 million in total resources, including $16.6 million raised for the Community Fund that invests in dozens of vitally important programs in the community throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. HFUW fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. It operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s information and assistance, crisis, suicide and referral helpline; Volunteer Resource Center and the Ryan White program, which administers nearly $3.2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals. HFUW impacts more than 400,000 individuals annually through its direct service and funded programs. United Way partners with local businesses, government, other charities to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. Visit www.HFUW.org for more information, or call (407) 835-0900. Follow us on Facebook at Heart of Florida United Way and on Twitter and Instagram @hfuw.

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