Born to serve

Barry and Michele GriswellMichele Griswell (70C) is the 2012 recipient of the United Way of Central Iowa’s highest honor, the Tocqueville Society Award, recognizing inspirational and sustained service to her community through the United Way. She was selected by a panel of past recipients of the award.

Michele is a founder of the United Way Women’s Leadership Connection, which has grown to more than 600 members over the last decade while raising more than $10 million to improve central Iowa’s network of learning centers for young children in lower-income neighborhoods. Through service to the WLC Advisory and Advocacy committees, she has encouraged legislators to act on behalf of Iowa’s young children. In 2005, she launched the Griswell Family Challenge with husband (and Berry trustee) Barry (71C), matching new and increased contributions to WLC. That same year, the couple helped lead United Way Worldwide’s launch of Born Learning. Michele has also worked passionately in support of United Way Worldwide’s National Women’s Leadership Council, inspiring growth in women’s philanthropy throughout the United Way network.

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