CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Rachel Egboro, The Storyline Collective and The Whole Story

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

Rachel EgboroAmong the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit is Rachel Egboro, whose passion for the community has inspired her to create spaces for others to find their voice through storytelling. For the past four years, Rachel worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator at First Things First. In this role, she has raised awareness about the importance of early childhood development and education. Rachel is excited to continue raising support for the next generation of Arizonans in her new role as the Strategic Partnerships and Development Manager.

Rachel is also the brains behind a new storytelling event called The Whole Story.  Rachel isn’t new to the Phoenix storytelling scene as she’s co-produced live events with The Storyline. However, The Whole Story is Rachel’s response to the events that have occurred over the past couple of years. She saw a need to create a space where every day experiences of black people in Arizona could be told.  The show debuted to a sold-out crowd and coincided with the final weekend of the groundbreaking Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. Rachel hopes that The Whole Story will provide an opportunity for the community to come together and will inspire conversations for the future.

Speaking of the future, Rachel is hosting a series of workshops called Telling The Whole Story for people of all ages who are interested in telling their story on stage. Rachel is passionate about intergenerational sharing because she believes wisdom comes from both the wealth of experience of older generations and the innocent curiosity of younger generations.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked. Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Jennifer Carusetta, Health System Alliance of Arizona

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

jennifer 1Among the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit is the JLP’s very own Jennifer Carusetta, Executive Director of Health System Alliance of Arizona. Jennifer has worked in public policy and legislative affairs in the State of Arizona for nearly two decades. Jennifer joined the Alliance in 2015 as the organization’s first Executive Director.  In this role, Jennifer is responsible for the oversight of all Alliance operations; the cultivation of partnerships with Arizona policymakers, business leaders and community stakeholders; in addition to the establishment and advancement of the Alliance’s policy and legislative agendas.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Jennifer served as the Chief Legislative Liaison at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), where she oversaw the advancement of the State Medicaid Agency’s legislative agenda, and acted as liaison between AHCCCS, the Governor’s Office, the Legislature and other government agencies.

Jennifer has worked in Government Relations for the Arizona Department of Transportation, and served in the administrations of both Governors Hull and Napolitano.

Jennifer is a Flinn-Brown Fellow who proudly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her Master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University. In her spare time, Jennifer is a part-time instructor in Northern Arizona University’s Extended Campus Public Administration Program, and is active in Junior League of Phoenix and other community activities.

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Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked.  Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.

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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

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JLP ROCKETS hosts 6th Annual Teacher Launch Seminar – Register now!

Calling all teachers!

Attention all Pre-K and elementary school teachers, science educators and after school program administrators in Maricopa County!  Join the Junior League of Phoenix, ROCKETS, and Miss Science™ for the 6th Annual ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar!

For only $10 you can get four continuing education hours while learning awesome hands-on science/STEM activities to share with your class. This year’s workshop is on March 25 at the Arizona Science Center. Sign up at: http://bit.ly/2lrhOE4.

 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

Arizona Science Center

You are cordially invited to attend the 5th annual Teacher Launch Seminar, sponsored by the Junior League of Phoenix signature program, ROCKETS (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science). The JLP is proud to announce Sherri Smith-Dodgson, Miss Science™, will be presenting her science-based program “365 Days of Science”.

Reserve your spot now!


WHAT:
Working through ROCKETS, the JLP is hosting the 6th annual Teacher Launch Seminar at a nominal charge to 75+ pre-K and elementary school teachers and science educators and after-school program educators from districts across the Valley. The seminar is a half-day training seminar that provides non-stop, hands-on science activities that will give teachers creative ideas on how to incorporate science into everyday lesson plans. Each attendee will go home with a science kit with hours’ worth of curriculum and extension activities and supplies to help get started in his or her classroom.

WHEN:

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Check in starts at 9:30 a.m. Beverages and lunch to be provided.

WHERE:

Arizona Science Center

COST:

Nominal fee of $10 to reserve a spot for attendance. Credit card only purchases will be accepted.

WHY:

Numerous studies have shown that the ages between birth to eight are the most critical in a child’s development. By encouraging an early interest in science, it helps children to think critically and creatively about the world around them. The Teacher Launch Seminar was inspired on this principle with the goal of providing teachers in Maricopa County additional resources to implement fun science activities into everyday lesson plans in laying the foundation for their children’s success in school and beyond.


PRESENTER INFORMATION:

miss science.jpgMiss Science™ (Sherri Smith-Dodgson) is a STEM advocate and media personality who brings 100% commitment to any organization that she works with. As a leader in STEM education and informal learning, Sherri creates unforgettable learning experiences for students, teachers and parents. With the demand for quality STEM programs moving to the forefront of American schools Miss Science “Makes Smart Cool!”  Miss Science will be presenting ‘STEM $ells: From Polymers to Pudding’.

 

SPONSOR INFORMATION:

The Junior League of Phoenix is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Sign up soon—limited seating!

“Volunteering is my passion.”

 CLO Fireside Chat featuring Katherine Cecala

“Katherine is a woman who makes her community better, she is JLP.” – Eileen Sullivan, Junior League of Phoenix Sustainer

If one is looking for inspiration this new year, President of Junior Achievement of Arizona and Junior League of Phoenix sustaining member, Katherine Cecala, is a captivating choice for a role model. On December 7, 2016, a small group of current Junior League active members were privy to Katherine’s vast wisdom and experience via the inaugural Fireside Chat series hosted by the Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee.

Katherine provided an overview of her community leadership experience and how her JLP life has intersected with and contributed to her community work. In addition to a career in NPO leadership, she has served on over 35 boards as a volunteer and has developed a reputation as a “fixer” due to her ability to take on touchy situations and turn them into positive experiences for everyone through communication and compassion.  Katherine is bold and assertive but also incredibly patient. She shared advice with members about how to come alongside people to create change within organization. The techniques Katherine shared ranged from bringing up important points three times (as it research has shown it takes people that many times to take in certain messages) to implementing employee benefits that other organizations might consider excessive to create win-win scenarios that motivated people to prioritize the organization’s long term needs over personal interests.

Perhaps most meaningful about Katherine’s story was her honesty and humility in telling it. She talked pointedly about how failures and missteps and personal struggles have intersected with and helped form her professional and community pursuits.

The small group format allowed the attendees to ask questions throughout the “Fireside Chat” and engage with Katherine personally during the mingling time before and after the “Fireside Chat”.  Individuals asked questions about fundraising strategies, people management, and work/life balance.  Additionally, attendees had a chance to mingle with each other and to further develop their network within the JLP.

In the end, the CLO “Fireside Chat” with Katherine provided interested JLP members with an opportunity to learn from and interact meaningfully with an established community leader and to explore their interest and commitment to engaging with the Greater Phoenix community to generate meaningful and positive change for the benefit of all.

The CLO “Fireside Chat” speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

Calling All Bargain Hunters!

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The Junior League of Phoenix’s (JLP) 80th Annual Rummage Sale is only a few short weeks away! The JLP Rummage Sale is Arizona’s largest indoor garage sale boasting thousands of bargains, including formal dining room sets, patio sets, big screen TVs, bikes of all sizes and types, baby clothes, books, designer purses, jewelry and collectibles, fax machines and office equipment, even brand new merchandise, and more!

All proceeds from the Rummage sale benefit our local community programs and training sponsored by the JLP. As our largest fundraiser, the event saw over 3,200 shoppers and raised more than $103,000 in 2016. As we celebrate our 80th Anniversary of this sale, we hope to exceed those numbers, making this year’s the BEST SALE YET!

In addition to the amazing sale items, the JLP will be offering 40 FREE mammograms to uninsured or underinsured women thanks to the generous support of Fry’s Food Stores and the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona. Over the past 16 years, the JLP has provided over 600 free mammograms through this program.

The JLP Rummage Sale By the Numbers

80 Years – Hosted by the Junior League of Phoenix

50,000 – Volunteer hours donated

$7 million – raised to benefit the Phoenix community

180,000 – community members engaged

140 – community projects supported by the proceeds from the Rummage sale


 

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SALE DETAILS

When: Saturday, February 25 I 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Arizona State Fair Grounds – Exhibition Building

The Rummage Sale is divided into two sessions; the morning session is held from 8 a.m. – noon and the afternoon session is held from 1 – 4 p.m. Admission to the morning session is $5 at the door, while admission to the afternoon session is free. All items are 50% off during the afternoon session.

For more information visit jlp.org or our Facebook page.

We can’t wait to see you there!

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5 Ways to Support the JLP HealthFest

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JLP Members, Supporters, And Sponsors

Our inaugural HealthFest is coming up THIS Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. at Kiwanis Park (North Soccer Field) l! The HealthFest is a FREE* family-friendly event that features health and wellness vendors, activities, bounce houses, cooking and fitness demonstrations and FREE health screenings.

  • Free pediatric dental screening and fluoride varnish for children 0-17
  • Free BMI, Glucose, Cholesterol Testing
  • Free Parenting Workshops
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Cardinal’s Big Red Mascot
  • Blood Drive
  • Free Personal Hygiene goodie bags (one per family, first come first serve)

When: Saturday, January 21  I 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Kiwanis Park (North Soccer Field)    5203 S. Ash Ave.    Tempe, AZ 85283

Here are 5 easy ways you can help us promote this event!
  1. Download this flier and share it with friends, families, and colleagues. Ask permission from your child’s school, local church and/or community organization to post the flier on their bulletin boards.
  2. Share this post on your Facebook page or retweet this post on your Twitter account
  3. Share our blog post on your social media accounts and tag our handle, @juniorleaguephx
  4. Give blood and save lives at United Blood Center’s mobile bus that will be at the HealthFest! Register at www.BloodHero.com using Sponsor Code: JuniorLeaguePhx OR email JLP President, Cathy Comer
  5. Start a trend! Include the hashtags #jlphealthfest , #iamjlp #juniorleague #jlp on your social media posts

 

We are looking forward to a fun and successful day on January 21 and are excited to see you there.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

The HealthFest Team

*This event is free to the public thanks to the generous support of General Mills

 

HealthFest is one week away!

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WHAT: Hosted by the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP), HealthFest is a family-friendly event that features health and wellness vendors, activities, bounce houses, cooking and fitness demonstrations and FREE health screenings.

–          Free pediatric dental screening and fluoride varnish for children 0-17

–          Free BMI, Glucose, Cholesterol Testing

–          Free Parenting Workshops

–          Bounce Houses

–          Face Painting

–          Cardinals Big Red Mascot

–          Blood Drive

–          Free Personal Hygiene goodie bags*

*One per family, first come first serve

Enjoy a variety of raffle prizes including:

–          AZ Diamondback Tickets

–          Win Free Salad for a year!

–          Classic Cooking Academy Kids Cooking Summer Camp Tuition

WHEN: Saturday, January 21st from 10am – 2pm

WHERE: Kiwanis Park Soccer Fields, 5203 S. Ash Ave, Tempe, Arizona 85283

SPONSORSHIP:  Generously sponsored by a grant from General Mills

Jeannette Maré, founder of Ben’s Bells, to speak at January GMM

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Jeannette Maré, Ben’s Bells Founder and Executive Director, will lead “A Conversation on Kindness”, an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community, at the Junior League of Phoenix January General Membership Meeting.

During this presentation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben’s Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities. She will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness.

The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire, educate, and motivate people  to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.


About Jeannette Maré  (pronounced mar-ay)
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Jeannette Maré is the founder and Executive Director of Ben’s Bells Project.  Jeannette’s leadership has anchored the organization through remarkable growth, including the opening of three studios, collaborating with hundreds of local organizations and recruiting over 25,000 annual volunteers. As part of her vision, Ben’s Bells has become nationally recognized and “kindness” is becoming part of the nation’s collective consciousness.
Before becoming full time Executive Director of Ben’s Bells, Jeannette was faculty at the University of Arizona teaching discourse analysis. She holds a Masters Degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. Jeannette lives in Tucson and is grateful to have the opportunity to combine her two passions – teaching and community building – in her role with Ben’s Bells.

About Ben’s Bells Project
be kind.jpgThe mission of the Ben’s Bells Project is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.
Ben’s Bells Project was founded in 2003 after the sudden death of Jeannette Maré’s two-year old son, Ben. The simple, everyday acts of kindness following his death helped Maré survive and begin to heal. She was inspired to establish the Ben’s Bells Project as a way to recognize and continue the kindness shown to her. On the first anniversary of Ben’s death, four hundred bells were hung in public places for strangers to find. To date more than 42,000 Bells have been hung in Tucson and beyond.
In addition to Bell distributions, Ben’s Bells Project provides kindness education programming for more than 300 schools, organizations and businesses. Ben‘s Bells is honored to be a part of the emerging field of multidisciplinary research that demonstrates the powerful effects of kindness on individuals’ long term health and on the overall quality of life in communities.

Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect.

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Save the Date for JLP’s Inaugural HealthFest!

 

 
Join us Saturday, January 21, for the Junior League of Phoenix first ever HealthFest! This FREE, family-friendly festival is focused on all things health and wellness. We will have vendors, fun activities, fitness demonstrations and much more.

When: Saturday, January 21  I  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Daley Park I 1625 S. College Ave. I Tempe, AZ, 85281

Come support the JLP and our focus area of building a healthy Arizona. Stay tuned for more details.

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This event is free to the public thanks to the generous support of General Mills.

CLO Fireside Chat featuring Katherine Cecala, President, Junior Achievement (and JLP Sustaining Member)

On December 7, 2016, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting a small-group, members-only speaker meeting featuring Katherine Cecala, President, Junior Achievement. This is the second event in an eight-part series of “fireside chats” where established community leaders are invited to share their wisdom and experiences with JLP members that are (or are interested in becoming) up and coming community leaders. The CLO speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.


About Katherine

A fourth-generation Arizonan, Katherine joined Junior Achievement of Arizona in 2015 with a diverse background in nonprofit leadership, healthcare administration, law, industrial engineering, utilities and business. A well-rounded executive who takes a pragmatic, analytical approach to leading teams and growing organizations, Katherine also has extensive knowledge of the Phoenix community and nonprofit landscape and has served on more than 35 nonprofit boards including Arizona Humane Society, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Vista College Prep, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mountain Park Health Center and Arizona Women’s Leadership Forum.

k-cBefore being recruited as JA president, Katherine was the interim CEO/President for Friendly House, a 95-year-old social services nonprofit with a $7 million annual budget, 125 employees and a K-8 charter school, among other programs. Previously, Katherine was Chief Operating Officer for eight years at Valley of the Sun United Way, one of the largest United Way offices in the country. In metro-Phoenix, United Way is the largest investor in health and human services and is supported by more than 90,000 individual donors, 700 corporate partners and hundreds of volunteers. Previously, Katherine held executive roles at Mayo Clinic in Arizona for 12 years where she oversaw a staff of 350 in her roles as director of systems and procedures, director of patient financial services and strategic projects administrator.

For the first 11 years of her career, she was a senior management engineer at Baptist Medical System in Arkansas as well as Samaritan Health System (now Banner Health) in Phoenix. Because of her love of learning, she decided to get her law degree as a “hobby,” and practiced in the areas of commercial and real estate transactions, business and employment law. She began her career as a work management analyst at Little Rock Water Works in Arkansas.

A master’s level instructor of philanthropy and nonprofit innovation at Arizona State University, Katherine has a degree in industrial engineering, a Master’s of Business Administration and a law degree. She is married with two stepchildren, five step-grandchildren and three dogs, Isaac, Teddy and Bianca.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.