CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo: Sakura Considine and Lorena Garcia, Bloguettes

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach Committee will be hosting the first ever Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo. The purpose of the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo is to provide training for ladies that are interested in pursuing roles in community leadership and to create opportunities for them to practice those skills.

Among the fabulous presenters that will be featured at the Community Leadership Summit are Lorena Garcia and Sakura Considine, the co-founders of Bloguettes. As entrepreneurs with experience in building and growing online communities and digital brands, the girls behind Bloguettes sought to share their knowledge, rather than keep it all to themselves. They created a collaborative community for bloggers, creatives and business owners in what we like to call the Entrepreneurial Age.


Several months of planning later, Bloguettes launched its first in-person 2-Day Branding Workshop in Scottsdale, Arizona. A group of 15 women from varied professional backgrounds came together to learn about branding, social media, photography, graphic design, and the value of building a business online. Since that first workshop, Bloguettes has grown their Workshop into a 3-Day model, and they have traveled to 11 different cities (and counting!), as well as expanded to offer additional “Mini” workshops on specialized topics, online courses, one-on-one consulting services, and so much more!

Lorena has an MBA in finance and has always been an entrepreneur at heart. She first realized her love for business and entrepreneurship while starting a real estate investment fund. She later discovered her passion for technology & the digital industry and left to pursue a career where she could combine all of her interests. In addition to being the co-founder of Bloguettes, Lorena handles her own fashion & lifestyle blog, Call Me Lore, and is also mommy to baby Diego. Among other responsibilities, she is head of strategy and business development at Bloguettes and aims to grow her companies to reach their full potential.

Sakura found her passion in graphic design, photography, and the Internet world at the age of twelve. She attended Arizona State University and majored in Business Marketing and Japanese. However, she realized her true interests were in blogging and marketing. Since college, Sakura co-founded The Sorority Secrets and is the current co-founder and creative brand director of Bloguettes. In her spare time, Sakura manages her own design & lifestyle blog, Something Sakura.


Between now and April 15th, we will be posting information about the fabulous presenters that have volunteered to share their knowledge to help us be the best community leaders we can.

This event has been graciously sponsored by a number of community organizations that believe in the potential of ladies to be leaders of our community. Wells Fargo has graciously agreed to host the day’s activities at their Connections Center and the Gratitude Hour at the Wells Fargo History Museum where attendees and participants will be able to see the original Wells Fargo stagecoaches that brought the earliest financial services to settlers in the Western states. Pei Wei Asian Diner has generously agreed to provide lunch to all the event participants and presenters to ensure that everyone has a freshly made, nutritious lunch. Valley Leadership has kindly agreed to sponsor the Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo Gratitude Hour to help ensure that all our community participants are properly thanked. Lastly, the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation believed in CLO, before CLO even existed by providing the seed grant that got the Community Leadership Program started and got Summit and Expo going.


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For more information about the CLO Community Leadership Summit and Nonprofit Expo, please contact CLO at or (602) 234-3388 x228.



New JLP Toastmasters chapter…coming soon!


You asked, we answered!

Coming soon, our own chapter of Toastmasters… Just for Junior League of Phoenix members!

toastmasters_logo_newHeard of Toastmasters and not sure what it is? Toastmasters is an International non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking & leadership skills. We can all benefit from this group, experienced public speakers & those new to it.  Provisionals, Actives and Sustainers are all welcome to join.

Interested? Reach out to the Training Committee with additional questions.  More info to come shortly!



Career hiatus? Here are 4 ways volunteering can help you prepare to re-enter the workforce!

Whether you are taking a break from your career by choice or by circumstance, volunteering can help you re-enter the workforce after a period of absence. By being strategic about your volunteering choices, you can position yourself to make a smooth transition back into a career of your choice by following these quick tips.


  1. Networking

You’ll hear it time and time again, and for good reason! Leveraging the relationships you have built with others will be the number one way to land a job. Make it known not only to your friends and family but to your fellow Junior League members that you are looking for work. You can also casually mention it to many non-profits around the valley as you are out serving the community. By casually mentioning this to others, you will be at the top of their minds when an opportunity does arise.


  1. Skills Boost

Like many things in life, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it! Your professional skill set is no different. Both soft and technical skills will quickly rust if you remain stagnant. Volunteering gives you a fantastic opportunity to flex your professional muscles on a regular basis. You should ultimately strive to serve in a leadership role within the league or as a board member in a non-profit organization, not only will this keep your skills sharp but you will have also positioned yourself in front of others who can help leverage your career.


  1. JLP Trainings

Both the Junior League of Phoenix and AJLI (The Association of Junior Leagues International) offer a variety of trainings and resources to aid in your leadership development. Take advantage of all the trainings the league has to offer and make sure to add it both on your resume and LinkedIn profile. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to the trainer to let them know you appreciated their training and connect with them, who knows, they might know of a job you’d be perfect for!

  1. Resume Material

Don’t make the fatal error of leaving all of the great things you are doing in the league off of your resume. Your league commitments can help make up for the employment gap on your resume and shows your future employer that you are serious about your professional development. List your Junior League experience at the top of your resume right along with your paid experiences without specifying that it was an unpaid position. This will show others that you haven’t really taken a break in your career, just temporarily took a different direction!

by, Michelle Stelter

Volunteering your way through a career change

In my years working in career services at Arizona State University, I have met many students who have chosen to go back to school in order to make a career transition. While earning a formal degree in your desired field is sometimes a necessity, most of the time, you can build the skills you need to make a transition without quitting your day job. If you are entertaining the idea of a career change, here is why volunteering should be an important part of your

Volunteering is a safe place to develop and practice new skills: No one expects for your work to be perfect and your paycheck isn’t dependent upon how well you preform. Everyone knows you are a volunteer and while you should always follow through with your commitments and put forth your best work, you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Instead, focus your energy on researching your dream job description, figure out what skills you need to develop to get that job, then find a volunteer opportunity that allows you to put those skills into practice!

This is your chance to learn from experts: Many people in the Junior League choose to volunteer in areas that are reflective of their experiences. For example, those with financial backgrounds might chose to volunteer for the finance team. Volunteering is the perfect way for you to work side-by-side with seasoned professionals, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and let them know that you are interested in learning more about what they do!

Networking: If there is one thing that Junior Leaguers know, it is this… It’s all about WHO YOU KNOW (and boy, our members sure are well-connected)! Building relationships with people in your desired industry is the key to helping you land your dream job. In fact, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 70% of all jobs are found through networking. You will find that taking the time to meet, build and maintain relationships with fellow leaguers will continue to serve you well throughout your life.people-woman-coffee-meeting-large

Test the waters: Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to test out whether or not you would truly enjoy a particular career. I often tell students that this is what internships are for and often times they come back from their internship deciding that a particular field is not for them. For those of us who can’t afford to quit our full-time jobs for an internship, this is where volunteering comes into play. It is human nature get caught up in the excitement of a new field and sometimes we can romanticize what a particular job would be like. So do your research and spend some time testing a career out before you jump in headfirst.

By Michelle Stelter