JLSD has meant many things to me throughout the years, and I am so surprised to find it constantly changing. In the beginning, it was a fun way to meet like-minded women and find new opportunities to volunteer, but my interests and priorities have changed so much as my JLSD career progresses. The learning opportunities I’ve had could not be found anywhere else. I got into leadership very quickly (as a 1st year active), and have held a leadership role every year since I started. Being in leadership, I think the exciting parts and learning opportunities of JLSD are always changing depending on the position you’re placed in.
When I was a treasurer for Food & Wine, I learned so much about the inner workings of both Fund Development and the League as a whole, and it fascinated me. When I worked with Provisionals, both as a mentor then as a Provisional Co-Chair, I was incredibly lucky to help shape our newest members and I absolutely loved it. I learned very important lessons about leadership among large groups and how to work with different personality types. Once I joined the Nominating Committee, I saw the League in a completely different and unexpected way, and learned so much about having to have hard conversations and how to manage expectations etc. Now, I am the Nominating Chair and also sit on the Board of Directors and Executive Management team, and it amazes me that I’m still learning so much, after 6 years.
JLSD has been such an incredible learning opportunity for me in life, both personally and professionally, and I am so thankful that I found the League. I’ve created friendships that I’ll probably always have, in fact 2 of my Bridesmaids are also in JLSD, but more than that, I think I’ve grown immensely in ways that I could not have foreseen when I first heard about this organization. I’m so grateful for the opportunities that the League has given me for personal and professional development, I love our volunteer opportunities, and the connections I’ve made have been life changing.
As I reflect on what this organization has accomplished over the last 89 years, I am amazed and humbled. As we move into our 90th, I am so honored to have played even the tiniest role in helping create what JLSD is.