Our Training Committee: Building Leaders

Training is a young but mighty pillar within the Junior League of San Diego.
Our objective is to deliver exceptional training and development opportunities for our members and our community. Many of our events bring valuable speakers with professional and/or personal development experience to our members at what I like to call a freemium (free or sometimes at a small fee). Often we can procure speakers who may be otherwise out of reach for our membership and/or community to attend their conferences.

Nonprofit event management meets education, inspiring, and developmental coaching.
When we put on an event, regardless of the topic, we start by creating a vision and strategic plan for the event. We capture the value we want to bring to the people attending, the audience connection to the speaker(s), and the relevancy to our attendees. From there, we fill in the blanks – date, time, venue location, event timeline, posed questions for Q&A, and deliverables or takeaways for our attendees.

Our council “orchestrators” gain too.
It’s not always the speaker or content that will make your event go viral and max out your venue capacity to standing room only. Our council hones valuable communication skills and other facets of event management, such as: speaker and goods/services procurement, how to be an effective communicator (and negotiator), how to build a marketing campaign to promote an event, and so forth. We’re also continually thinking outside the box to identify new, emerging, underrated topics – some even daunting – that can be delivered in a safe environment allowing us to learn more. We are too connecting with people, connecting people to people, and bringing thought-leadership to JLSD through our council meetings, planning sessions, and speaker prep calls.

JLSD Training and Development events, in summary, fall into three key areas.
First, Training Talks, intimate 60-90 minute vignette “Ted-Talk” style events with an emphasis on professional and personal development; Second, LeadershipX, a thought-leadership conference complete with inspiring keynotes and discussions that will help you develop your multi-dimensional approach to leadership; and finally, Board Academy, a one-day training program designed to educate you about roles, responsibilities and to provide you with useful tools to succeed serving a nonprofit board.

Come One, Come All – JLSD’s Charter Day

Please join us in celebrating JLSD’s 91st annual Charter Day at this special event on Sunday Mar 29, 2020 from 11:30 AM – 01:30 PM

JLSD’s annual Charter Day luncheon brings together Junior League members of all generations — and their friends — to share brunch, hear from JLSD leadership, enjoy an inspiring member of the San Diego County Women’s hall of Fame, and celebrate JLSD’s rich history serving the San Diego community.

Unlike many JLSD events, Charter Day is a celebratory event – not a fundraiser. The luncheon is designed simply to celebrate JLSD’s work across generations. Charter Day is a great “friendraising” event to invite friends and family to attend.

Guest Speaker: Deborah Szekely Regularly dubbed the “Godmother” or “Queen” of Wellness and recognized as the founder of the modern health and fitness movement, Deboah Szekely, 97, has lived a colorful life. She was just a teen when she and her new husband opened a health retreat in Tecate, Mexico. Later she founded the famous Golden Door spa in Los Angeles at the request of famous Hollywood actresses who wanted a place “just for us” where they could regroup and refresh in between movies. She founded COMBO (Combined Arts and Education Council of San Diego County) in 1978, which has raised over $25 million to support 21 cultural organizations, including the rebuilding of San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in the early 80’s. She was a US Diplomat and head of the Inter-American Foundation from 1984-1990. In 2014, Deborah was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Hear first hand from this inspirational woman about her life experiences, at this year’s Charter Day celebration.

Purchase Tickets Here: $50 includes lunch, complimentary parking, and no host bar. Boutique with JLSD items featured from 10:00am to 12:00pm, followed 12:00 to 2:00 pm by the luncheon and guest speaker.Ticket link coming soon!

Attire: Sunday brunch attire suggested.

LOCATION: Southwestern Yacht Club 2702 Qualtrough Street San Diego, CA 92106
(Parking: The Yacht Club has plentiful free parking.)

Prospective JLSD Class: Provisionals

We have had a fantastic 2019 – 2020 year for our 101 Provisional members.
Each year, our incoming Provisional class plans and hosts events that raise awareness about and benefit our mission-based programs. JLSD Provisionals hold one event focused on training, one on fund development, and one on community. Through our Provisional events, we hope to surpass our goal of $20,000 for our causes and community partners.

TRAINING: Our Provisional training event, Money Mindfulness: Financial Balance For Success was held on Feb. 8.

FUND DEVELOPMENT: We Leaped back to the time of college game days, flip-cup, keg stands and dancing till dawn with JLSD family and friends on Feb. 29.

COMMUNITY: The JLSD Provisionals are planning a Dog Fashion Show for Saturday, April 18, 2020. Save the date, and check back soon at JLSD.org for more information.

Every year since 1929, JLSD has welcomed new members (called Provisionals), transfers from other Leagues around the world, and reinstatements.

Prospective Member Information Sessions will be held on the following dates at AMN Healthcare Auditorium | 12400 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA 92130
Thursday, April 30th

Please register online to attend one information session.

Get to know Emily Green, our 2019-2020 President

Emily started her JLSD career in 2011, seeking friendships with like-minded women, At a Meet & Greet for prospective new members, Emily learned that assisting Transition Age Foster Youth was JLSDs focus area, Emily felt it was fate – in her professional life Emily was a teacher at San Pasqual Academy, a residential high school for foster youth, and working with kids in the system is one of her passions. Not only did Emily meet the close friends she was seeking through JLSD, she also became heavily involved in the philanthropic and training aspects of the League. In her first Active year Emily chaired the TAY Mentoring Program and became hooked on leadership because she found the training opportunities extremely valuable and applicable to her professional life, plus she enjoyed the holistic view of the League from a leader’s perspective. In the following years Emily served as the Community VP-Elect and VP on the EMT, a 2-year Director at Large on the Board of Directors, President-Elect and currenlty serves as President. She encourages all members to get involved with leadership!
In her professional life, Emily owns and operates a pizza restaurant in Hillcrest. Sisters Pizza is a dedication to Emily’s sister, Kate, who passed away suddenly in 2016. Kate’s untimely passing inspired Emily to leave her teaching career and follow her dream of opening a restaurant. As the sisters were huge pizza fanatics together, Emily felt the only kind of restaurant fitting to bear the name “Sisters” had to be a pizza parlor! One can often find Junior Leaguers enjoyiing pizza and wine on the patio there.
In her personal life Emily spends as much time as she can with her friends and her husband, Trevor. She and Trevor are in the early stages of renovating their Normal Heights home however this project will likely take a backseat until the conclusion of the League year. Emily is an avid bookworm and dog-enthusiast. Whenever she can, Emily visits her parents on the east coast and enjoys traveling. One of her favorite trips was adventuring in Cuba with Junior League friends.

Human Trafficking Awareness Rally 2020

Human Trafficking Awareness Rally 2020

On Saturday, January 25, Junior League of San Diego coordinated the 7th annual Human Trafficking Awareness Rally. Over 100 people rallied alongside one another; JLSD members, survivors, community educators, and legislators including Senator Toni G. Atkins. The event serves to raise awareness for Human Trafficking, which violates the rights of approximately 5,000 adults and children in San Diego.

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The rally was covered by the following media outlets:


San Diego Union-Tribune

Telemundo San Diego

LGBTQ San Diego Local News

You can view facts about Human Trafficking here

’19-’20 Provisonal Class Events Kicking Off: Money Mindfulness

At their first event of the year, the 2019/2020 provisional class, hosted over 125 community and San Diego Junior League members for Saturday, February 8th’s Money Mindfulness Symposium. In support of JLSD’s commitment to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities, provisional events like the symposium serve local women while raising funds for JLSD’s philanthropic priorities. Priorities such as supporting local transitional aged foster youth.

What is mindfulness exactly? It’s awareness of the present moment—paying conscious attention to your environment and your internal state. With this in mind, the first speaker, Pericles Rellas, brought the group together to discuss how mindful understanding of money financial prosperity can grow and last.

The event was emceed by Junior League member and Emmy Award-winning reporter at KGTV in San Diego, Cassie Carlisle. Throughout the symposium, everyone enjoyed time to practice mindfulness with guided meditations. The symposium touched on both the pragmatic and the holistic. Speakers included Pericles Rellas who spoke about how our relationship with money is directed tied to our Abundance & Prosperity, Julie Larsen from Northwestern Mutual who spoke about retirement planning and Tyler Davis who touched on aligning your money with your life for home buying in San Diego. Skyler McCurine of Le Red Balloon rounded out the day with her inspiring notes on self-advocacy. Participants departed motivated and mindful of the many tools provided by the excellent speakers.

The day included giving back through clothing donations to local charity, My Girlfriend’s Closet, which provides quality, gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to foster, homeless, and economically disadvantaged teenage girls and young women for free. My Girlfriend’s closet offers an atmosphere that enables women to “shop” with pride for donated items.

Event sponsors included Suja, Pressed Juicery, Peet’s Coffee, La Fresheria, and Donut Bar who donated food and beverages for participants. Dyana Reck, Marketing and Finance co-chair said of the event, “the event came together  through all lot of collaboration and teamwork on the part of the provisional class, and we’re so proud to have organized a fun event that powers the community to be mindful of spending and plan for the future.”

The next Provisional Event is Leap Back to College on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at Tin Roof San Diego from 2 to 5 p.m.

JLSD’s 7th Annual Impact Forum

Junior League of San Diego’s 7th Annual Impact Forum – EMPOWERED: Advancing Civic Leadership in 2020 and Beyond

Over 200 professional women gathered on November 12th, 2019 at the Liberty Station Conference Center to learn from an inspiring moderated panel that included:

  • Yolanda Clarke, CEO Powder River Industries–Army Intelligence Officer, Army Reserves, Military Spouse
  • Lindsey Lupo, PhD, Professor of Political Science; Chair, Department of History and Political Science; Director, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Janette Piankoff, PhD, Sempra Energy-Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
  • Teresa Jacques, Partner-Major Executive Search and 2020 Women on Boards Campaign Co-Chair, San Diego

These women provided real world wisdom and practical steps for how women can become empowered leaders in our communities. A resounding takeaway from the event was that women need to be each other’s champions in order for women to reach equal representation on boards, managerial positions, in elected office, and various other civic leadership roles. One tangible way to accomplish this is to dismiss the idea that there can only be a few women at the top, but rather believe that we ALL should and CAN reach leadership positions of worth and impact threw recognizing and lauding other women’s accomplishments.

The evening ended with an energy full of hope for the future and that in years to come hopefully we will no longer need panels such as these because equal representation of women in leadership will no longer be a dream but our reality. But today, we will fearlessly be the leaders we needed to see as young girls!