Solutions Summit 2017

What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.

image4[1] Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)


This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.

Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:

  1. Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
  2. Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
  3. Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.

All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.

image2[1]Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf


4 March – Legislations & Libations


It is fair to say that the JLSD ladies are the best and brightest, but do we all know how our government works?

JLSD’s State Public Affairs Delegates understand your pain, and are here to train our ladies to talk politics. Join “Legislation and Libations” on Saturday, March 4th from 10:00am – 2:00pm, at the JLSD house to train yourself to be politically savvy. Get a California Government 101 run-through, learn more about SPAC-authored (written) bills, and analyze a bill all over mimosas, just like the pros in DC do it!

Assemblyman Todd Gloria will be the keynote speaker. Training credit will be given to attendees. Sign up on the JLSD training website here.



JLSD Board Academy: Starting Soon


The JLSD Board Academy is an 8 session engaging and dynamic program that trains current and future community members on how to become effective leaders of a nonprofit Board of Directors.

Interactive training will be provided by local non-profit experts on the following topics:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Measuring impact
  • Monitoring financial status
  • Understanding your role in public policy
  • Learning how to engage the community as a Board member

Members will graduate from the Board Academy series with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an active and productive Board member.

The first of eight training opportunities will be Monday, 6 February. Click here to sign up today.

JLSD Board Academy 2017 training dates are: February 6th, 15th and 27th; March 13th and 27th; April 10th and 24th; and May 1st. Each session is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at 210 Maple, with a social and dinner beginning at 6pm.  A certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend 6 of the 8 trainings.

Mindful Leadership Symposium


Start your new year off right, focusing on self-development!

The Junior League of San Diego is hosting a Mindful Leadership Symposium this Sunday at University of San Diego.  Learn what Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley have all incorporated into their top leadership programs. Mindfulness has been shown to improve stress management, objectivity, compassion, and decision making. Develop self empowerment skills to transform any situation into one of centered, mindful resilience.

  • 8:30 -9:00am Registration and Coffee
  • 9:00 – 9:05am Welcome and Opening remarks
  • 9:05 – 9:30am The Role of Meditation in Mind-Body Connection with Swami Satya Brahmananda, MS
  • 9:30 – 10:45am Leading from the Inside-Out with Mindfulness with Christy Cassisa, JD
  • 11:00- 12:30pm Authentic Leadership, a Strengths-based Approach with Shannon Jordan, MA
  • 12:30 -1:30pm Lunch with a special live musical concert with John St. Clair
  • 1:30 – 2:50pm The Power of Intent, for the Compassionate Leader with Dr Stefano Olmeti, PhD
  • 3:00 – 4:30pm Keynote- Conscious Leadership: Leading Well from within a Neuroscience and Mindfulness-based Framework with Daniel Friedland, MD

Join us for a fun, transformative event on mindfulness and leadership. Reduce stress, increase self awareness, and improve relationships. Click here for ticket sales information.  A group discount is also available.

JLSD Impact Forum 17 November – Human Trafficking: Advocacy to Action

More than 300,000 girls between the ages of 11 and 17 are lured into the US sex industry annually according to the US Department of Justice.

In San Diego, thousands of young girls are transported into our area from across the border, via our airport and also in events that bring large crowds to our city.

Join the Junior League of San Diego for an informative evening at the 2016 Impact Forum on Human Trafficking: Advocacy to Action on November 17th, 6 – 9 pm, at The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club on the UC San Diego campus.  Sign up at


Mulligans & Margaritas – 30 October Golf Clinic



Bring your friends for an afternoon golf clinic and margaritas at the Riverwalk Golf Course in Mission Valley. Learn to play or enhance your golf skills in a relaxed environment while also developing your networking skills to take out on the course. Open to all levels from aspiring beginners to experienced golfers. October 30th, 1:00-4:00 pm. $45 for JLSD members, $60 for non-members. (Clubs are available for the lesson for those who need them.)

Cost includes:
* Margaritas with Group Intro and Golf Etiquette
* Golf Lesson & Practice
* Follow up and networking with appetizers and more margaritas

Registration: HERE

A Leader’s List: 5 Ways to Keep Volunteers Engaged

Courtesy of Carlisa Endoso


Everyone loves to feel appreciated. Recognition, a simple thank you, and showing appreciation goes a very long way. As often as you task your committee members with “jobs to do,” spend an equal amount of time showing acknowledgement and appreciation. As humans, there’s no motivation as powerful as knowing that you’ve made a difference.


The best volunteers are those who have a sense of ownership of their project. Make expectations clear.  Some people like checklists. Literally, list steps 1-10.  Some people like to add their own twist and change things up. When is that ok? When is it not? Be explicit about the beginning-middle-and end of a project. What does that look like? What outcome is expected? What skills are needed to get from point A to point B? Note important dates. Send reminders. 


Keep in touch with your committee on a consistent basis. With the increase of social media, email, texting and the like, communication is easier than ever. Well, it should be, right!? Recognize and respect that favored modes of communication vary from person to person. Ask members how they most like to communicate; be it a phone call, text, snail mail, or email. When action is needed, set dates to reply by.  Set up follow-up trainings on best practices with relevant and necessary information including updates on what’s current with committee tasks.


Build a sense of community among your committee. They should feel connected to each other and not just to the task at hand. Email threads can be helpful in this regard, but there’s no substitute for good, old-fashioned interaction…in person. Hold a face to face meeting. Collaborate. Together. Consistently.


You are a leader because your peers chose you. Be proud of that in itself! Reflect on your role and how it fits into the bigger picture. “Think back and look forward.” How can it be better next time? What was successful? What was challenging? What would you have done differently? What advice do you have for the next person who takes on your leadership role? Most of all, be proud and share that pride with your volunteers.