CLO Community Leadership Spotlight: Melinda March

Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) sat down with Melinda March to discuss how being a member of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) led to her selection as a member of the Banner Health Foundation’s (BHF) The Pulse of the City Soiree Committee and how her work with BHF’s Pulse Soiree benefits the JLP.


Melinda.jpgHow long have you been involved with BHF?

I got involved with the Pulse Soiree/BHF in April 2016 after seeing a Community Leadership and Outreach post on the JLP Member’s Facebook page.

Why have you chosen BHF as one of your personal passion projects?

I was moving back to Phoenix after completing my Post-Bac at NAU in Flagstaff and wanted to get more actively involved with the community.  I recently made a career change from the wedding & event planning industry to dental & healthcare.  I still missed some of the excitement involved with event planning and wanted to use my experience to help a local cause.  This opportunity appeared at the perfect time.

Why do you think BHF selected you to be a member of the Pulse of the City Gala Committee?

They needed help soliciting donations, auction items and helping with some event logistics and my prior experience in both fundraising and event management made me an ideal fit.

Being on a gala committee is a lot of work. Why did you say yes?

One reason this was a great way to integrate back into the Valley is that it had a lot of flexibility.  We have one meeting each month and mostly communicate via email.  Each committee member used her network to procure auction items, sell tables and promote the event.  We would touch base at each meeting to ensure contacts were not being bombarded with multiple requests.  The workload was quite manageable since I could mostly work around my own schedule.

How do you feel being a JLP member has contributed to your success at BHF?

I had more confidence entering the Pulse Soiree committee than I would have prior to my time in JLP.  I had the opportunity to interact with and meet so many women who are passionate about philanthropy.  I knew that whatever I could bring to the event would be beneficial and that my work mattered.  I know that I would have doubted myself more before I joined JLP.

How do you feel that service in outside organizations has contributed to your success in the JLP?

It has been great to have an ongoing volunteer commitment with a different organization.  I have been able to build new relationships and become more informed on the needs of a nonprofit organization I may not have understood otherwise.

melinda-2What do you think that JLP members bring to the community table that is special and unique?

JLP members are passionate and proactive.  We also have an extensive network of support behind us.  I knew that even if I didn’t have answers or ideas, I would be able to get in touch with someone who did.  Our network of women is truly remarkable.

Would you be interested in being joined as a member of the Pulse of the City Committee by other JLP members?

Absolutely!

If people are interested in supporting you and/or your work in the community, where can they find more information and who should they contact?

People can purchase tickets to attend the event, which is on November 5th at the Westin Kierland, or make donations to the Banner Health Foundation.  The event is an annual event, so I am sure members could join the committee for next year or provide auction items. If anyone is interested in becoming involved, they can contact Melinda March at melindaemarch@gmail.com or 602-486-9952.


The CLO Community Leadership Spotlight features JLP members engaging in volunteer leadership roles in the community. If you are a JLP member or know a JLP member engaging in a volunteer leadership role in the community, please reach out to the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee Chair at jlp.clo at jlp.org or at (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Fireside Chat featuring Courtney Klein

On November 1, 2016, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting a small-group, members-only speaker meeting featuring Courtney Klein, Co-Founder & CEO, SEED SPOT. This is the second event in an eight-part series of “fireside chats” where established community leaders are invited to share their wisdom and experiences with JLP members that are (or are interested in becoming) up and coming community leaders. The CLO speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.

About Courtney

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Courtney Klein, Co-Founder & CEO, SEED SPOT

Courtney Klein is the Co-Founder and CEO of SEED SPOT, an incubator for social entrepreneurs ranked as one of the “Top 20 Accelerators in the World” by Gust and “Top 3 social impact incubators in the United States” by UBI Global and Cisco. Forbes, USA Today, Huffington Post and others have profiled Courtney for her work and over 400 media stories have been written about SEED SPOT to-date.

SEED SPOT is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. Its mission is to educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. They work exclusively with social entrepreneurs; those that have built a solution to solve a pressing societal need. Since inception, SEED SPOT alumni have impacted over 650,000 lives. 97% of companies are headquartered in Arizona, and one-third of ventures include female founders/co-founders.

Prior to SEED SPOT, Courtney served as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens, a journey that started with a $1,000 seed grant and a dream when she was a senior in college that grew into a national-class organization that served over 10,000 youth and partnered with organizations in 33 countries.

Courtney is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in nonprofit management. She also completed work through the DSIL United Nations Executive Education Program in Thailand & Cambodia focused on Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Courtney resides mostly on airplanes, is married to an entrepreneur and has a 1-year old daughter. She is an avid yogi and Ironman finisher.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Panelists Announced, continued!

CLO Panel: Community Leadership and Municipal Boards and Commissions

On October 25, 2016, the Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting a panel of community leaders that are currently serving on or have recently served on a municipal board or commission. The purpose of this panel is to demystify this type of civic engagement and to encourage Junior League of Phoenix members to pursue community service and leadership in the form that best suits them.

CLO has invited people serving in the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, from a variety of differently focused boards/commissions, and from a variety of age groups to participate in the panel so that Junior League of Phoenix members will be able to get a broad perspective on this form of service and identify if it is something they would like to pursue in their communities.

Panelist #2: Mike Sonenberg

Mike Sonenberg, P.E. is an environmental engineer at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and has served on several boards, including the Tempe Aviation Commission, the Air and Waste Management Association – Grand Canyon Section, and his HOA Board. Mike grew up in Tucson, and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006 with a degree in Engineering Management and minor in Chemical Engineering.

Mike moved from Tucson for a job opportunity after graduating and has made his home in Tempe ever since.  Although, like most engineers, he was not interested in serving on a board in his younger years, he became interested in the Tempe Aviation Commission a few years ago while looking for a way become more involved in the community in his adopted home while making a meaningful contribution of the knowledge gained in his career. Mike has served on the commission for a year and is seeking reappointment in December 2016.

For more information about the CLO Municipal Boards and Commissions Panel, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228. JLP members may sign up to attend through Digital Cheetah.

CLO Panel: Community Leadership and Municipal Boards and Commissions

On October 25, 2016, the Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting a panel of community leaders that are currently serving on or have recently served on a municipal board or commission. The purpose of this panel is to demystify this type of civic engagement and to encourage Junior League of Phoenix members to pursue community service and leadership in the form that best suits them.

CLO has invited people serving in the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, from a variety of differently focused boards/commissions, and from a variety of age groups to participate in the panel so that Junior League of Phoenix members will be able to get a broad perspective on this form of service and identify if it is something they would like to pursue in their communities.

Panelist #1: Donna Reiner

DR.jpgDonna’s love for the arts and history has led her to obtain degrees in music history, cultural humanities, historic preservation, and adult education. Since arriving in Arizona over 30 years ago, Donna has worked for Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council planning program for cadettes and seniors; taught English, humanities, and music appreciation at the college level in prison and out for Rio Salado Community College, Glendale Community College, Central Arizona College, and Northern Arizona University; served as the Director of Education at the former Phoenix Museum of History; and was the interim Executive Director of the Heritage Square Foundation (Rosson House). Now Donna is her own boss and spends her time writing and volunteering.

Grounded in the political and community service process in high school through Junior Statesman of America, Donna has put that experience to good use by serving on the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission from 2002-2009, and the City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission from 2010-2016, the board of directors for the Coronado Neighborhood Association, two local history museums, the Heritage Square Foundation, and currently serves on the boards of the Arizona Preservation Foundation, the Friends of the Orpheum Theatre, the Grand Avenue Rail Project (GARP) and the Maricopa Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

For more information about the CLO Municipal Boards and Commissions Panel, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228. JLP members may sign up to attend through Digital Cheetah.

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FOLLOW YOUR PASSION

CLO Fireside Chat featuring Lois Savage

Be humble, willing to learn… no task is beneath you.

On September 29, 2016, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee hosted a small-group speaker meeting featuring Lois Savage, President of the Lodestar Foundation. This was the first event in an eight part “Fireside Chat” series, where established community leaders are invited to share their wisdom and experiences with JLP members that are (or are interested in becoming) up and coming community leaders. The CLO speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.

The evening started off with a social hour of mingling and hors d’oeuvres during which the attendees and the guest of honor had an opportunity to interact casually before the group moved into a Fireside Chat moderated by CLO’s Megan Schwallie.

Lois opened by sharing with the attendees her personal journey to community leadership,fireside-3 but then moved into sharing her perspective on the process of developing oneself into a community leader. Lois believes that identifying a personal passion is the first step in community leadership development. In Lois’ case, when she ventured into community leadership, her passion for governance and governing documents created a natural way for her to engage her personal interests for the benefit of organizations and groups she believed in. Lois then highlighted that while passion is the foundation for community leadership, nothing can be built on that foundation without skills and tools that add value to the community.

fireside-5The small group format allowed the attendees to ask questions throughout the “Fireside Chat” and engage with Lois personally during the mingling time before and after the “Fireside Chat”. Additionally, attendees had a chance to mingle with each other and to further develop their network within the JLP.

In the end, the CLO “Fireside Chat” with Lois Savage provided interested JLP members with an opportunity to learn from and interact meaningfully with an established community leader and to explore their interest and commitment to engaging with the Greater Phoenix community to generate meaningful and positive change for the benefit of all.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Fireside Chat featuring Lois Savage, Lodestar Foundation President

On September 29, 2016, the Junior League of Phoenix Community Leadership and Outreach (CLO) Committee will be hosting a small-group, members-only speaker meeting featuring Lois Savage, President of the Lodestar Foundation. This will be the first event in an eight part series of “fireside chats” where established community leaders are invited to share their wisdom and experiences with JLP members that are (or are interested in becoming) up and coming community leaders. The CLO speaker series has been generously funded by the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation to increase available training opportunities for JLP members.

About Lois

lois-savageAfter having spent many years as an attorney (first as a Special Assistant Attorney General and then as a real estate attorney with Snell and Wilmer, Sunbelt Holdings and DMB), Lois embarked on a second career in philanthropy and has served as president of The Lodestar Foundation since its inception in 1999. In addition to her Lodestar duties, Lois served as executive director of Social Venture Partners Arizona (a venture philanthropy organization initiated by Lodestar) during the first eighteen months of its existence.

To Lois, the move to professional philanthropy was a logical next step from the world of community volunteering. Among the boards and commissions on which she has served over the years are the City of Phoenix Planning Commission, Heard Museum, VSUW Foundation, Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Junior League of Phoenix, Valley Leadership, Audubon Arizona, Neighborhood Housing Services of Phoenix, KAET Advisory Board, Ballet Arizona and Act One.

Lois was born and raised in Massachusetts, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Vassar and Simmons Colleges, respectively, and graduated with honors from Boston University Law School. Lois and her attorney husband, Steve, have been Phoenix residents since 1973. They consider their finest achievements to be their three grown children and their five grandchildren.

The Lodestar Foundation was created to put into practice a set of five interrelated sequential principles:

  1. The basic goal of all humans is inner happiness.
  2. Happiness can only be found by identifying and striving to achieve a meaningful purpose for one’s existence.
  3. One meaningful purpose is to endeavor to help one’s fellow man.
  4. Although there are countless ways to help, ultimately the ability to help is limited by one’s time, money and other resources.
  5. By identifying and adopting a mission that is not focused on any specific field of interest and focusing instead on leveraging resources (that is, providing the most help with the most effective and efficient use of resources) and applying those resources to processes that affect the entire social sector, those resources can maximize the impact of helping others and thereby magnify the opportunity to achieve happiness.

For more information about the CLO Fireside Chat series, please contact CLO at jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

CLO Community Leadership Spotlight: Jennie Elser

jennieThe Children’s Museum of Phoenix (CMoP) recently announced that Junior League of Phoenix Board Member Jennie Elser has been selected as the 2017 Children’s Museum Gala Co-Chair. CLO sat down with Jennie to discuss how being a member of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) led to her selection as Gala Co-Chair and how her work with CMoP benefits the JLP.

How long have you been involved with CMoP?

I was first introduced to CMoP as a provisional member of the JLP, which was 12 years ago. CMoP was the first shift I ever did as a member of the league, I will never forget the stapler cramps I got from working with kids to make paper lanterns; each one needed 18 staples! My first two placements were on the CMoP Committee when we they were one of our community programs, before the museum opened. I was so proud to attend their grand opening! I also chaired the CMoP committee organizing educational events in our JLP classroom. This is my third year volunteering with them, independent of the JLP, on their gala committee. I have also been a member of CMoP and taken my kids there for many years. They love it.

Why have you chosen CMoP as one of your personal passion projects?

I appreciate the work they are doing and I have seen it benefit my kids and other kids, which has developed my passion for the organization. I support other causes that don’t personally affect me, but witnessing their work has personally connected me to it and it is something I feel strongly about.

jennie-3Why do you think CMoP selected you to be the gala co-chair?

I think they picked me, probably, because of a lot of the skills I developed in the JLP. I’ve learned how to be a good volunteer. I was a devoted volunteer for them last year, I went to all the meetings, I worked hard, I volunteered in additional ways other than my role and I think they recognized that and thought I would be a good person to have as the chair, because I will go the extra mile to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Being on a gala committee is a lot of work, and being chair is even more work. Why did you say yes?

I was honored they asked me and I love what the museum does with their Every Child program, plus it is a fun event! I also thought it was something I had the capacity to do, while still stretching myself. I have chaired events before, but this is a big public event for a larger organization and I wanted the challenge.

How do you feel being a JLP member has contributed to your success at CMoP?

I feel like I am a stronger leader because of the JLP. I when I joined, I didn’t have many leadership skills. I am going to be honest, I was a stay at home mom that had not had a long career. The opportunities I had through the JLP are what got me to where I could do something like this. I just never would have imagined myself taking a position like this, even though I would have loved CMoP, my confidence and my ability to serve in this way are a direct result of being a member of the JLP.

How do you feel that service in outside organizations has contributed to your success in the JLP?

It is exactly vice versa, what I got from the league I will give to them and I am going to be doing things in this position that will help me develop fundraising skills that I can take back to the league.

I think any time you’re helping another organization, you’re going to be learning things you can bring back to the league.

jennie-2What do you think that JLP members bring to the community table that is special and unique?

In most jobs you don’t get to try something new all the time and in the JLP, I’ve gotten to try something new every year. I think the variety of experiences means a lot and helps JLP members spot issues and solutions through all their different experience lenses. I’ve done direct community service, marketing, fundraising and I’ve experienced things I never would have without the JLP. For example, when I first joined the league I was on the community team. It was fun, it was rewarding, and I knew I was making a difference. However, after many years in that part of the JLP, I was asked to join the Development team and chair the Valley Impact Luncheon. I think they picked me because I was a very organized, detailed person, but it was the first time I had every delved into that world. I had never been involved in that part of the JLP or even considered it. And it was a challenge. It was hard. But it was rewarding and I learned a lot. And I don’t think I would have applied to be on the JLP board if I hadn’t learned that. It gave me a completely new set of skills and interests.

Would you be interested in being supported by other JLP members as the gala co-chair?

I definitely would! Anyone that is interested can absolutely reach out to me. I would love to have a committee and guest list full of JLP ladies!


The CLO Community Leadership Spotlight features JLP members engaging in volunteer leadership roles in the community. If you are a JLP member or know a JLP member engaging in a volunteer leadership role in the community, please reach out to the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee Chair at jlp.clo at jlp.org or at (602) 234-3388 x228.

Get to Know CLO!

There is a new committee on the Junior League of Phoenix roster this year, the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee (aka CLO). But what is the CLO Committee and what does it do?

The CLO Committee is part of the Training and Promoting Volunteerism team & its purpose is to provide training and promote volunteerism in a unique way. CLO’s mission is to create opportunities for JLP members to take on leadership roles in the community.

clo 1Firstly, CLO is building a JLP library of trainings to help prepare JLP members assume community leadership roles and provide training resources to those members already in a leadership role.  The larger purpose of this library is to provide JLP members with practical knowledge so they can be confident when they are ready to venture into community leadership.

clo 2Secondly, CLO has identified community leaders to mentor JLP members. CLO’s goal is to be able to implement a one-on-one mentorship program in the near future. For now, so that we can get to know community leaders and identify the needs they see in the community, CLO will be organizing small speaking events with community leaders. Attendance at these events will be limited to ensure that the members in attendance have an opportunity to actively engage with the speakers and can start building a network of potential mentors.

clo 3Lastly, CLO is engaging with organizations in the community to bring opportunities to JLP members through creating community awareness of the JLP and the abilities of JLP members. CLO will also work with JLP members to ensure the member and the organization have a positive and successful experience. There are 9,396 (2015 IRS Publication 78) charitable organizations in the Greater Phoenix Valley, many of which need the assistance of trained and passionate community leaders to help them achieve their mission. While the JLP cannot partner with and support every organization, it can support its members.

The 1978 AJLI Statement on Volunteerism states:

The Junior League asks its members to accept responsibility, to make a commitment, and to recognize the value to society of the gift of one’s skills without expectation of remuneration. In turn, it offers training, broadening experience, an opportunity for continued education and personal growth, and the organization resources to achieve maximum impact on high-priority community problems. The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., seeks to promote a societal environment in which individual responsibility is valued and pluralism is preserved.

For community organizations interested in working with the JLP Community Leadership and Outreach Committee, please contact: jlp.clo@jlp.org or (602) 234-3388 x228.

For JLP members interested in learning more about CLO resources, events, or activities, or to express interest in being matched with a community organization, please contact the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee Chair.