Good question, and one that AJLI Executive Director Susan Danish addressed head-on in a wide-ranging interview with MarketWatch Radio, from The Wall Street Journal.
In the segment – titled “Working Women, Junior League May Be for You” – Susan pointed to what famous League members like former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and former CEO of one of the largest privately held companies in the world, have said about how they applied the training they received as leaders in their Leagues to their professional lives.
But their experience as League members is not unique. Susan noted that The League membership model – going back to the earliest days with our founder Mary Harriman – has given women a broad range of experiences, including managing organizations, serving as officers or board members, and fund-raising. Leagues are also involved in critical social issues like human trafficking, cyberbullying, mental health for children and perinatal depression awareness at the community level. And then there are training programs to help members develop as community and civic leaders outside of their own Leagues.
The result, inevitably, is a broad approach to how women perform as leaders in their professional lives as well as in their volunteer roles (and more than 2/3 of League members are involved in more than one volunteer activity).
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