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Women today are busier than ever, but want the chance to build skills, contribute to the community and develop friendships. The Junior League of Phoenix gives women these opportunities in a fun team-oriented effort. Our members also enjoy year round volunteer opportunities, engage in leadership training and make friendships that last a lifetime.

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combo_stacked_centered_webThe Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) empowers women through leadership training and development to take action in their community. Our members are leaders in the community and involved in hands-on opportunities to positively impact & better Phoenix – currently we are impacting Phoenix by:

    • Empowering youth to adopt healthy habits and reverse the growth of childhood obesity in Maricopa County through our Kids in the Kitchen program.
    • Developing the math and science skills of pre-kindergarten children by way of our R.O.C.K.E.T.S. program (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science)
    • Bringing affordable fresh fruits and vegetables and providing community health resources to the residents of downtown Phoenix and Tempe as a founding partner of the Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle mobile market
    • Offering health and wellness programming and other child-focused events and activities through partnerships with the Phoenix Rescue Mission Changing Lives Center and the Phoenix Day Health Links program.

Who is Eligible?

Total membership in The Junior League of Phoenix exceeds 1,100. Membership is open to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and a commitment to voluntarism. Over 100 women are accepted into the Provisional new member group each Spring.

A prospective member must be a woman with an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service, and an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation.

Prospective members must be at least 22 years of age. There is no maximum age.

How to Join

The Junior League of Phoenix welcomes new members in the late spring. Each woman is required to attend one of the Information Sessions held March-May to be considered for Provisional membership. Once accepted into the Junior League of Phoenix, the Provisional new member course provides education, training about the structure of The Junior League of Phoenix and our role in the community. Provisional members also have the opportunity to participate in “hands-on” activities, fundraising events and numerous social activities throughout the year. Successful completion of the Provisional new member course prepares Provisional Members for Active membership in one of the many Junior League committees.

Available Information Sessions

It is required for all potential members to attend an information session. At this session, you will meet active members, get an overview of the provisional program and required components, and receive an application. Sign up for one of our twelve info sessions, many of which are graciously hosted in the homes of our members.

To sign up for an information session, click here! If you have any questions please reach out to Jessica Eldridge at Jessica.w.eldridge@gmail.com .

Date

Host Area(address lsted in sign up link)

Tuesday April 11

6-7:30pm

The Home of Dana Brown North Phoenix

Saturday, April 15

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Danielle Arsenault Scottsdale

Tuesday, April 18

6-7:30pm

The Home of Stephanie O’Connell Arcadia

Friday April 28

6-7:30pm

The Home of Farrah Hauke Old Town Scottsdale

Sunday April 30

10:30am-12pm

The Home of Jessica Eldridge West Valley

Wednesday May 3

6-7:30pm

Phoenix Country Club (precedes the JLP General Membership Meeting) Central Phoenix

Monday May 8

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kathy Mitchell Central Phoenix

Tuesday May 16

6-7:30pm

The Home of Kristi Ward East Valley

What Great Leaders Do

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Members: Join Us For A Special Leaguewide Training Event

What Great Leaders Do

Wednesday, April 5
Phoenix Country Club, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

NaomiNaomi Chavez Peters, a noted leadership development, talent development and communications leader, will be presenting to the Junior League of Phoenix in a special leadership leaguewide training event!

What Great Leaders Do – Whether you’re the head of an organization or just getting your bearings as a new member, Naomi’s presentation will inspire and inform on the universal traits of all great leaders. Spoiler alert: Everyone is a leader.

Naomi is the Founder and Principal of Great Leader Consulting, a leadership and talent development firm, which helps companies big and small, build Great Leaders. She’s held leadership roles at several successful high tech global firms such as Salesforce, as Head of Talent Develop­ment; Cisco Systems and Intel Corporation. Naomi is a member of the Junior League of Palo Alto/Mid Peninsula, where she is a Past President, and continues to advise the Membership Council. She is a consultant to the Association of Junior Leagues International, teaching the ODI Membership track, and regularly speaks to Leagues across the Association.

Her visit is made possible thanks to a grant from the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation.

Bonus! Earn 2 Training Points and 2 Leadership Training Credits for attending! 

Click Here to Register

 

Joy Burkhard. Volunteer.

Joy Burkhard. Volunteer.

 It is not unusual in The Junior League for a member to really dig into an assignment and become an expert as well as a catalyst for change in that area of focus.

Consider Joy Burkhard.

Joy is co-founder and Executive Director of 2020 Mom, a national nonprofit dedicated to closing gaps in maternal mental health care through convening, collaborating, advocacy and education. She also is a founder and Chair of the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health and sits on the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Executive Committee and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology working group on maternal depression.

Because of her incredible commitment to maternal mental health care, she has received the Women’s Health Emerging Leader Award from the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency’s Office of Women’s Health as well as the Volunteer of the Year award from Cigna, her long-time employer, where she is a compliance project manager. Both awards were made in 2016.

Before founding 2020 Mom, Joy had a rich volunteer life with the Junior League of Los Angeles, serving most recently as its representative with the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (Cal-SPAC). She was recognized by JLLA in 2013 with its Founder’s Cup award.  During Joy’s tenure with Cal-SPAC, the group championed legislation which declared May as maternal mental health month in perpetuity.

Joy’s says she was moved to action as a mental health advocate during her little brothers struggle accessing care for his mental health disorder which culminated after his suicide. She also experienced her own  anxiety after the birth of her first child and new other women didn’t have the same support and resources to get through it as she did.  The many heart-wrenching stories of loss, including the story of Jenny Gibbs, the twin of an Olympic athlete who tragically took her baby’s life and then her own, whose story inspired a young junior league member to submit the idea for Cal-SPAC’s legislation.  This coupled with her understanding of the complex health care system, need to understand root causes, and passion for improvement put her on the path to doing more.

“If I hadn’t joined the Junior League I wouldn’t be doing this incredibly rewarding and important work.  I was able to gain skills, knowledge of the problem and the confidence to do more.

My advice for other Junior League members is to look for overlap in your personal, professional and volunteer lives and take advantage of doing something when there is overlap in multiple circles.  Causes need dedicated women like us.”

You can learn more about Joy’s views on what can be done to improve maternal mental health through this YouTube video and these AJLI links (here and here).


*This article was originally published in connected, an official publication of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., and has been reprinted with permission.

First Person: Message from the President

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams

One of my favorite trainers, Vicki Clark, recently shared this John Quincy Adams quote at AJLI’s annual fall leadership conference. It really resonated with me because I have always believed that all members of the JLP are leaders, not just those who serve on the board, the operations team or as a chair.  The JLP offers many opportunities for members to demonstrate their leadership skills. These come in the form of service at community impact shifts, contributions to your committee, and even talking to friends, family and coworkers about the JLP to help people become familiar with the good work we are doing in our mission and our focus area. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these opportunities. You will get out of the JLP what you put into it.

Although it can sometimes be a challenge for JLP women, another important aspect of leadership is self-reflection and assessing your own personal needs. I’d like to encourage you to consider a few questions: What can the JLP do for you? What type of development opportunities do you want? What skills do you want to gain? If you do a deep dive into what you want out of your JLP experience and communicate your needs, we can better respond to them. Our members are the primary customer of the JLP. If members’ needs aren’t being met, we risk losing the ability to serve our secondary customer, the community.

This type of self-reflection has caused several members to take the lead and create new JLP groups. Members expressed an interest in training on public speaking and now we have a JLP Toastmasters Chapter starting this month. Members wanted more social interaction and now we have a moms group, a book club, a movie group and even a travel group. These groups exist not because the League took official action to create a new committee but because members who were interested in participating in these activities stepped up and took the initiative to lead. We don’t need a title to lead, we need a passion to do the things that interest us and courage to say yes when the opportunity presents itself.

Thank you to all of you who have said yes to the JLP, yes to leading a group of women, yes to improving our community, yes to being engaged and involved and yes to developing and growing your skills. We are all a work in progress and I am still learning from many of you every day. I am forever grateful for each member in this organization both within the JLP and other Leagues around the country that have shared their skills and knowledge with me to help me grow, learn and lead.

With Gratitude,

Cathy Comer
President 2016-2018

From Silicon Valley, a STEM program for girls

stemYou may have heard the statistics on women as STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – professionals, and they are discouraging.

Consider these findings by the United States Census Bureau:

While women’s representation in STEM occupations has increased since the 1970s, they remain significantly underrepresented in engineering and computer – occupations that make up more than 80 percent of all STEM employment. Among science and engineering graduates, men are employed in a STEM occupation at twice the rate of women. And nearly 1 in 5 female science and engineering graduates are out of the labor force, compared with less than 1 in 10 male science and engineering graduates.

Which is why a shout out to a great signature program by the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula is in order.

Looking for a way to celebrate its 50th anniversary, JLPA•MP developed a new community focus – “Empowering girls to be STEM leaders of tomorrow.” Obviously, this is a natural for a Junior League whose members have many ties to Silicon Valley and the communities that nurture it; but this program is much more than just a feel-good initiative in support of the dominant industry in town.

Two key elements of the initiative paint the picture.

First, partnering with San Jose’s The Tech Museum of Innovation and one of its signature programs called The Tech Challenge, an annual team design challenge for students in grades 4-12 that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. JLPA•MP members will mentor a team of middle school girls as they train for the next challenge event. 

In addition to a $100,000 grant to The Tech, JLPA•MP is sponsoring a new program called Girls Day @ The Tech that engages girls through STEM education as well as educating teachers to support them. Girls will participate in hands-on workshops, interact with exhibits and hear from inspiring women working in tech today.

JLPA•MP is also partnering with Technovation, a global technology entrepreneurship program and mobile app startup competition for girls ages 10-18 that challenges them to create apps for the purpose of solving real problems in their communities. League volunteers will focus on increasing the number of girls participating from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties by building visibility in the community, recruiting coaches and mentors, organizing field trips to local tech companies and a regional pitch event to help them prepare for the main competition. 

To learn more about JLPA•MP’s STEM initiative, as well as the need for more STEM programs focused on girls, here is a link to an article co-authored by Gretchen Walker, Vice President of Education at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and Jan Hickman, President of the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.


*This article was originally published in connected, an official publication of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., and has been reprinted with permission.

Message from the President: #JLPThankful

Why I am #JLPThankful

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” -Ralph Marston


As we enter the holiday season and make our plans for spending time with family, let us take time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful. The Junior League of Phoenix offers each of us different things. To some it is the opportunity to learn, for others it is a source of networking. It might be that you are here to give back to the community or find the family you feel you are missing. No matter your reasons for being a part of the JLP, each of us can be thankful for our membership in JLP because it is meeting a need in our lives.

I am thankful for many things. I am thankful for the nominating committee that blessed me with an amazing team of leaders that I can always rely on to get the job done and get it done right. I am thankful for the members who said yes to a chair position and are doing amazing things both for our members and our community. I am thankful for the endless training opportunities I have been given. I am thankful for the recent opportunity to spend a weekend with our leadership team at Southwest Exchange so I could get to know them better. I am thankful for the support of the JLP Foundation that allows us to fund the programs and initiatives that may not otherwise have been possible. I am thankful for Community Ambassadors that teach me how to look at things differently. I am thankful for the Sustaining Members that have led the way to get us where we are today. I am thankful for the Provisional Members whose fresh perspectives renew my excitement for all aspects of the JLP. I am thankful for the active members who continue to fill the GMM rooms even though attendance is no longer mandatory. I am grateful for the community partners that allow us to share our talents. I am even grateful for the challenges that we occasionally encounter as it helps me in building my problem solving skills. I am grateful for those who cheer me on and those who are there when I need a hand. I am grateful for those members who have been kind and supportive of our members who have had health issues this year. I can even find gratitude in being unemployed at this time, as it has allowed me to do so much more in my role as President without the stress of not having enough time.

We had a lot going on this month with two of our fundraisers, Legacy Celebration and Touch-A-Truck, as well as a great menu of options for in-home meetings and plenty of social and community impact events. Let’s remember during this busy time of year to stop and thank each other. As Catherine Alonzo, one of the Athena Award winners last month, said, “Be kind to one another.” You never know what kind of day someone is having or what is going on in their world. A simple smile or kind word to someone may have an impact that lasts for years to come.

I challenge you to reflect on what you are thankful for and how the JLP plays into that aspect of your life. I would love if you share those thoughts on social media and use the hashtag #JLPThankful. I can’t wait to read your posts.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and I am thankful for each and every member, partner and supporter of the JLP. Thank you for being part of my Tribe!

With Gratitude,

Cathy Comer
President 2016-2018

Nominating Committee Announces President Elect

Wendy Brooks slated for President in 2018-20

The Nominating Committee of The Junior League of Phoenix is pleased to announce they have selected Wendy Brooks as President Elect (PE). She is slated to follow Cathy Comer’s presidency and will begin her tenure in 2018 through 2020.

Ms. Brooks initially joined the JLP in 2003 and completed one active year here. She then transferred to the Junior League of Denver followed by the Junior League of Kansas City before returning to the JLP in December, 2007.

Ms. Brooks’ area of focus was initially membership where she attended the Organizational Development Institute (ODI) track in member retention and was Vice President of Membership, along with various other leadership roles in Provisional, Placement and Nominating. Her recent focus has been on the fundraising side where she was Valley Impact Luncheon Chair and is currently serving as Development Manager.

combo_stacked_centered_webMs. Brooks has two sons, Ethan who is a senior at ASU and Noah who is in 6th grade at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy.  She works in the mortgage industry as a licensed Mortgage Loan Originator.

 

Junior League of Phoenix Membership Awards

By: Cassie Cooper, Membership Team Leader

Members of The Junior League of Phoenix were recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the organization at the monthly General Membership Meeting in September and October.

These awards demonstrate that Junior League of Phoenix members are doing more in their roles that just signing up for volunteer shift; they’re making meaningful contributions to the success of the organization and it’s being noticed.

The awards listed below are selections based on members and leaders doing an outstanding job and/or going above and beyond to help The Junior League of Phoenix.

Help us recognize superstar members by submitting their names for either the Chair Extraordinaire or Cause for Applause (any member) categories. Please nominate here!

Congratulations to the September and October membership winners. Thank you to everyone who made a submission.


Cause for Applause Award

September: Ashley Law

Ashley Law has been a beam of sunshine, optimism, and hard work in the League and specifically, the Member Trainings Committee.  She is 100% supportive of every initiative and event in our committee. Ashley has been the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the first ever JLP Chapter of Toastmasters who has created a huge following and interest among our Junior League members.  I am honored to serve alongside Ashley in the League, she is fabulously amazing!!

Submitted by:

Paula A. Sumner-Walker

JLP Member Trainings Committee Chair

 

September: Sabrina Showers

Despite being busy with sending her daughter off to her first year of college, Sabrina has taken on a leadership role within the CLO committee and been a model team member. In addition to all that Sabrina took it upon herself to join Toastmasters so that she would be able to improve her presentation skills for when we record the CLO training library and has gone out of her way to solicit feedback on ways to improve. Her willingness to ask for help, accept constructive criticism, and be a model team member contribute to her nomination.

Submitted by:

Maura Goldsberry

CLO Committee Chair

 

October: Darcy Darin

Darcy is in her 2nd year on the Touch A Truck Committee and has done an excellent job getting the “Day Of” details organized. We thank Darcy for her attention to detail and we know that the event would not the success that it is without her!

Submitted by:

Jill Kipnes, Touch-A-Truck Committee


Chair Extraordinaire Award

September: Maura Goldsberry

Have you seen her Facebook and blog posts about CLO?! She is inspiring, caring, and challenging in her leadership and generous with her time.  With Maura as our leader CLO is bound to make a huge impact this year.

Submitted by:

Megan Schwallie

CLO Committee

 

October: Liz Goldstein

  • Three time nominee in the month of September!
  • Wow! Liz came in with a bang! She transferred to the JLP and really shook things up!
  • She took member retention seriously and has really created a community within the league that we have never seen.
  • Liz has taken the league by storm! She saw a need to connect people and she started a book club, this has become wildly popular!
  • Retention is vital to our success and Liz is going to connect people to each other and in turn the League.

Submitted by:

Cassie Cooper, Membership Team Leader

Sara Mayer, BOD Secretary

Shannon Larsen, Nominating Committee

 

October: Brooke Lesser

  • Brooke stepped into the role of Logistics Chair just three weeks prior to our first GMM.
  • Planned our first GMM of the year without any prior knowledge from start to finish.
  • She is already exploring ways to improve our GMMs and the member experience!
  • With the support of her amazing Logistics Committee, we all owe Brooke a huge thank you for her dedication to the League and her willingness to step into an unfamiliar role, and making our first GMM of the year a success.

Submitted by:

Ashley Bolduc, Administrative Team Leader

 

2016 Provisional Community Night

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Did you know that last year Fresh Express sold over $50,000 of affordable produce throughout “food deserts” across Phoenix? Or that Junior League of Phoenix members have a goal of completing 3000 hours of community impact this year? Or that Kids in the Kitchen teaches kids the sugary content of foods through the use of sugar cubes?

These were just some of the many learning outcomes of the Provisional Community Night hosted September 22.

Through their first Super Saturday training in August, provisional members learned about the general structures, procedures and priorities of the JLP, but the Community Night is designed to provide an overview and personal connection to the many signature and partner programs through which the JLP impacts the Phoenix community. Additionally, provisional members learned more about the history and purpose behind our focus area, “Building a Healthy Arizona”, through which JLP combats obesity in youth and families while also addressing hunger and food access.

Community Team Leader Michelle Moore and representatives from the community committees taught provisionals the mission, activities and ways to get involved with Kids in the Kitchen, ROCKETS, Phoenix Day, Fresh Express and Community Impact. Thanks to their leadership and enthusiasm, our provisionals are more excited than ever to promote volunteerism and improve our communities through service!

Meet our members – Natalie

A dance choreographer and instructor, Natalie is a second year Active member in the JLP. She is currently the Chair of the Publications Committee. 

Where can we find you when you are not doing JLP activities?varty
Well, I love my job! So, you will find me dancing and choreographing for my competitive dance teams. When I am not dedicating my time to teaching, I am studying up on the financial world of investing! Learning about trading in the stock market and how to best invest for the future has become an interest I am instilling daily into my lifestyle. I also love the outdoors, working on my fitness, and traveling!

How would your best friend describe you?
My best friend would say I am a caring, loving, overly dedicated, honest and trusting friend; that I give more of myself to others and less of my time to myself. She would include that I am a “clean freak,” that I love organization, and lastly, that I love to make people smile!

What is your favorite “unique to Arizona” activity?
When it is not too hot out, I like hiking the “Camel” and other trails around the Valley. I love winter sports, so during the winter in AZ my friends and I will go to Sunrise to ski!

Why did you join the JLP?
I joined the Junior League to become more involved in the community and meet new friends. In college, I was in a sorority that balanced philanthropy and fun. I missed the camaraderie of volunteering with my friends and developing my own potential further as a woman. The JLP does just that and more. 

What is your favorite JLP memory or activity? Why?
My favorite activities are with the ladies I have met in my provisional group! We have fun monthly socials that are always different and leave us more bonded than the last! These girls are incredible women from all over the country and I am so blessed that I was placed with them in my provisional year! I can’t wait to also meet other JLP members and make new friends in the years to come!