Training Women To Affect Change
By Tomika Jones, The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. Leadership Institute Chair
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
Since its inception in 2012, the mission of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) Leadership Institute has been to train JLA members to serve the community by becoming engaged civic leaders, effective advocates and committed volunteers. Throughout the years, the Leadership Institute has evolved through continued and increased collaboration with other nonprofit organizations’ harnessing the collective efforts of each organization. Today, more than 500 women have completed the JLA Leadership Institute program.
The JLA Leadership Institute was created to provide JLA members with valuable tools to use in both their professional and volunteer roles.
Participants are given the opportunity to learn new techniques and receive in-depth training from those who are subject matter experts in diverse industries across Atlanta.
The Leadership Institute also encourages participants to use what they have learned to serve as effective board members of local nonprofit organizations, including a wide range of JLA’s community partners. For some participants, the skills learned through the JLA Leadership Institute have equipped them to serve in important roles inside JLA. “I took the Board Readiness course which gave me the tools and confidence to apply for a JLA Board position. As the current VP of Membership, I use the learnings from the course to be mindful of how my decisions and discussions at the Board table should be for the good of the organization, not just my council,” said Ryan O’Neill, JLA’s VP of Membership.
During the 2018-2019 league year, the JLA Leadership Institute will be offering training courses on:
- YWCA Greater Atlanta Partnership: Georgia Women’s Public Policy Institute
- Leadership Toolbox
- United Way of Greater Atlanta–VIP Light Board Readiness Training
- Business Chemistry by Deloitte
- UGA Diversity and Inclusion
As JLA celebrates 102 years of service, training opportunities abound for members, as the organization seeks to transform the lives of women and children. With a variety of courses featuring a diverse list of speakers & experts, the JLA Leadership Institute is building a group of leaders who will be able to meet the needs of the Atlanta community.