Women United Hosts Derby Luncheon with Growth Architect and founder of The Women’s Code, Beate Chelette as Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, May 18th

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) will host the annual Women United Derby Luncheon on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 11:30-1:30 PM at the Plaza de Sol, Hilton Santa Barbara (633 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93103).


Shari Liu Fellows chairs the Women United group and is in her first year of membership on the United Way Board of Directors. “I am honored to be able to serve United Way, especially to serve as the chair of Women United. Benevolence and giving are very much principles in my personal values.” 


The group looks forward to hearing from the keynote speaker, Beate Chelette, the Growth Architect and founder of The Women’s Code, a strategic business and balanced leadership development company. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, Beate bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly-successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal. Beate is “One of 100 Top Global Thought Leaders in 2021” by PeopleHum and “One of 50 Must-Follow Women Entrepreneurs by HuffPost. She is the author of the #1 International Award Winning Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go from Overwhelmed to Awesome”–a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.”


Beate believes in UWSBC’s effective community-driven approach and has personal experience with the benefits of free, quality community education programs for children. “ Having been a single mom immigrant intricately connected to difficulties of trying to do everything by yourself, United Way has a very subtle but effective community-drive approach to solving issues without looking down on the people they are trying to help.” 


Throughout her career, Beate has remained committed to informing her professional development with philanthropic initiatives like those embodied in the mission of Women United. “The law of reciprocity that is based on giving says that the more we give without expectation, the more we receive. As a woman in business, it is a concept and principle I use to build my business. Lots of beautiful opportunities then come out of seemingly nowhere because of the law of reciprocity.” 


Women United recently relaunched in 2021 and the Derby Luncheon will be the group’s second in-person event in over two years. Leadership and members of Women United look forward to bringing together local women leaders to further the work of United Way. 


“Never underestimate a group of committed women to change the world.”


100% of event proceeds will go towards UWSBC ’s education programs for local students. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, May 11, 2022. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit


About United Way of Santa Barbara County

Since 1923, United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has been a key leader in local efforts to empower children, families, and communities through its own unique collaborative programs and initiatives, partnership convening efforts, volunteer development, and funding. UWSBC’s mission is to enrich the lives of children and families and build resilient communities by leading local programs and partnerships that improve school readiness and academic achievement, financial empowerment, and crisis response and recovery. To learn more, please visit

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