Katie Unger-Chipps is the Executive Director of LWC Leadership Program, the leading resource for leadership identification, connection and development in Washington County, Pennsylvania. Under Katie’s leadership, LWC has received local and national recognition and steady growth for governance and innovation. Her key role is to make connections and build relationships with LWC participants and other business leaders, which serves to strengthen not only the participants’ leadership skills, but also the Southwestern region businesses.
In 2021 Katie launched the introduction of the Masterclass programs providing opportunity for continuing education. Katie and the board launched three types of Masterclass programs: Elevate, Empower, & Emerge. The programs have specific topics in a lunch and learn environment for both alumni and the community at large.
In March of 2020, Washington County faced the effects of the pandemic on frontline workers in healthcare and public safety along with the financial crisis to the local restaurant industry. By April 2020, Katie organized her board, fellow LWC alumni, and community support to start Feed the Fight Washington County. The goal was to patronize local restaurants and show support for healthcare workers.
In 2021 Katie was awarded the Athena Leadership Award for Washington County which is presented to women who have achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributes time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assists others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.
Katie is also involved in the community as Co-Chair of the Washington Health System’s Annual Gala since 2018, one of five co-chairs with The Giving Tree Project at Westminster Presbyterian Church in conjunction with the Bair Foundation, Co-Chair of a fundraising event for Westminster Nursery School, Horses of Hope Gala committee member, St. Clair Health’s fundraising committee since 2022 Annual Summer Swing fundraiser, a member of Pittsburgh’s Womens Alliance, a volunteer of the South Hills Food Bank, a committee member of South Fayette Civic Center and a committee member of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Communication from Bowling Green State University, where she studied interpersonal and public communication with an emphasis on sales and marketing.
Katie and her husband Eric reside in South Fayette with their children Will and Lillian.