Angela Venuti, a second year active and current Impact Chair, attended the Fall 2017 Organizational Development Institute (ODI) conference in Grapevine, TX. Hosted by AJLI, ODIs are a leadership development meeting that provides Junior League members with mission-based training in key areas (Membership, Community, Fund Development, Internal Capacity, and Marketing) critical to the healthy functioning of a League. We asked Angela a few questions about her experience on the Community track!
What inspired you to apply to attend ODI?
I was really drawn to the idea of getting together with so many other women from different leagues. Most of the time I am focused on what we do at JLSD, however Leagues internationally and nationally have adapted wonderful strategies and ideas. I was excited to meet those women and learn from them, in addition to sharing what we do here in San Diego.
Did you meet women from other leagues and what are some of the places they were from?
So many! From Calgary to Wilmington, Santa Barbara to Waco, Junior League women are incredible. In addition to the other league members, meeting some of the AJLI staff was a treat- both working with them in the track sessions and at the networking events!
What were your biggest takeaways from your experience?
The women in Junior League are some of the most accomplished, successful people I’ve gotten to meet. But they don’t stop there; women across the many leagues are working hard to continue making their communities a better place. Utilizing an issue-based approach and a member-centric strategy, JLSD can continue making San Diego even better with our work among TAY and anti-human trafficking.
What did you enjoy the most about going to ODI?
Meeting the different attendees and hearing about how their work in the community is going. Each league is in a different place with their focus area, and making a difference with their target population.
How does what you learned and experienced at ODI apply to what we do here at JLSD?
I’ve actually already started! On the Impact committee, it was important for me to take a step back mid-year and look at how much we do. How can we be more member-centric and focused on the shifts we offer members? Looking forward to continuing this conversation with members for the second half of the year!
Would you recommend others attend ODI?
Absolutely! This really is such a life-changing experience. While most of us integrate Junior League work into our lives here and there, having time dedicated to reflecting on what we are accomplishing was very special. Especially if you are a leader or interested in being a leader, hearing how other leagues operate is inspiring.
Anything else you would like to share about ODI and your experience?
I walked away from my time in Grapevine so excited to hit the ground running at JLSD. I think reflecting on your work is important, along with opening doors for the opportunity to collaborate! Thank you for this amazing experience!
To apply for ODI for the 2018-2019 year, keep an eye out for the application in late Summer 2018. Applications for all ODIs that year are due at the same time. ODIs occur three times a year in various cities around the country. For questions, please contact Nominating at firstname.lastname@example.org.