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Kathy Beechem of U.S. Bank Appointed to United Way of America's Women's Leadership Council

CINCINNATI, Jul 13, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- United Way of America (UWA) has appointed Kathy Beechem, executive vice president, Metropolitan Banking, U.S. Bank (NYSE:USB), to its national Women's Leadership Council (WLC).

The newly formed Council, chaired by Ann Stallard, executive vice president, Graphic Communications Corporation, is responsible for transforming the network of United Way women's initiatives across the country into a national movement that will enhance the effectiveness of United Way. Beechem will help foster resource and relationship development and provide strategic leadership to the ongoing work.

"We are delighted that Kathy Beechem has agreed to serve a two-year term on United Way of America's Women's Leadership Council," said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way of America. "Her expertise at a national level and as a change agent in the local community will be critical as we build our movement."

"We are extremely pleased that Kathy Beechem has been appointed to United Way of America's Women's Leadership Council. She is a well-respected leader who brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role," said Robert C. Reifsnyder, United Way president.

Her commitment as co-chair of the local Women's Leadership Initiative has brought together a network of more than 100 women who give to United Way at the Tocqueville level, individuals who give $10,000 or more annually. Cincinnati's Women's Leadership Initiative ranks as one of the top 10 in the nation.

Beechem joins other women of national prominence, including Alecia DeCoudreaux, secretary and deputy general counsel, Eli Lilly; Susan Ivey, president and CEO, Reynolds American, Inc.; Dana Rader, principal & founder, Dana Rader Golf School; Melanie Sabelhaus, former deputy administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration; and Barbara Washington, vice president, Merrill Lynch.

Her other commitments include serving as board president for Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates Program and as board member of Cincinnati Youth Collaborative and Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Forum. She also serves on the executive committee of the YWCA board and is active with the Fine Arts Fund and 4C, a United Way agency partner. She has been a member of United Way's Campaign Cabinet for the past two years in her role as co-chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative.

Beechem was recognized in 2004 as one of the top 25 most powerful women in banking by the publication, USBanker, and as a 2002 YWCA Career Woman of Achievement.

Beechem earned a bachelor's degree in English from Thomas More College and a master's degree from Indiana University. She resides in Mount Adams with her husband, Pete.


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