Meet Hala Ziady | #IamJLL

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This week lets get to know Hala. She works in Human Resources at Sazerac. We are thankful for her love for the league and we are excited to feature Hala this week!

When did you join JLL?
2002-2003
What was your favorite project during your time with the League?
Being Provisional Co-Chair with Reid Hafer. We were the first group to split the Provisional year out from a full year to a Fall and Spring class. We also implemented Bloom Boutique as the Provisional Project for the spring class which went on for years as it’s own project. Bloom Boutique dressed high school girls for prom that would maybe not get to attend otherwise.

What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?
What did I not gain is the better question! I built some of the most wonderful friendships near and far (and they continue to grow). I learned more about myself, my capabilities, and what I need to continue to strive to work towards. I learned more about our community and how much one organization can truly impact and make changes. We are a force to be reckoned with!
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
We hear from so many other non-profits that when they need help, they come to us. They know they can depend on us because we are dedicated women trying to make our community a better place to be and live. I think that speaks volume of our members and who we are. We are the best trained volunteers around.

What were the community initiatives during your time with the League?
Children’s Advocacy. We were still very involved with CASA (court appointed special advocates).

With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI) focusing on education, what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
I cannot think of a better initiative for us to be involved with. We have the best members and volunteers in this city. Members with wonderful ideas and that know how to execute them. We are purposefully driven and I am excited for the future and the impact we will bring to the growth of our community through education.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
It’s a wonderful place to learn, grow, make connections and be impactful.

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Meet Sarah Mitchell | #IAmJLL

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Next up-this lovely lady. Sarah is a publisher with NFocus Magazine. Want to know a little bit more about our league and the people that keep it going? Read on to hear about this great asset to JLL, Sarah Mitchell. #IAmJLL

When did you join JLL?

2004-2005

What was your favorite project during your time with the League?

Keep in Touch. {Keep In Touch initially focused on breast cancer. It is now the Strive and Thrive committee}

What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?

Personally, I learned the value of what we are doing to make a difference in people’s lives directly in our own community. JLL opened the door for me to make so many new relationships in the community outside of what was in my own backyard.

How do you feel JLL impacts the community?

Overwhelmingly—it is a staple name in the nonprofit world. The ability to say I am a member speaks volumes when I am out meeting with people.

What were the community initiatives during your time with the League?

Be Fit, Be Fine – an initiative focused on improving children’s health through fitness and nutrition education.

With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?

I think it is a great way to focus on a certain area that needs constant development. So many of us in the League are mothers, and education is at the top of my list. As a mother, I want the best to be given to my children as well as the others in our community. The more we can help, the better the future of our city.

If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?

It is a great opportunity for a woman to grow professionally as well as personally. The connections you can make are endless, and the rewards that you receive for doing things to help others are irreplaceable.

Meet Heather Kolasinsky | #IAmJLL

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Next up: Heather Kolasinsky! We are excited to feature Heather as our next spotlight on JLL for the #IAmJLL campaign. As you can see from the photo, Heather has a heart for others and a heart for our community. Now, I’ll let her tell you a little bit more about what Junior League of Louisville means to her.

When and why did you join JLL?
I joined in fall 2011 after moving to Louisville in May. I tried a lot of different community organizations, but JLL stuck.
What has been your favorite project during your time with the League?
I have really enjoyed serving on the board as member-at-large, AVP Fundraising, and VP Fundraising. The Board becomes its own committee because of the frequency of our meeting and communication.
What have you personally learned/gained while being involved in JLL?
First, leadership and motivational skills. Leading and motivating a volunteer that is choosing to spend her time, money, and sweat with an organization directly translates to skills that are needed to lead and motivate co-workers, managers, spouses, and children.
Second, a sense of community in Louisville. I have made many lifelong friends because of the League, and it has made me feel at home in Louisville. It has also given me a chance to learn about other organizations throughout the city.
Third, appreciation for diversity and what each of us contributes to our community. Some outside the League may view us as a bunch of women within a particular age range, but there is so much more to each of us that the League gives us a chance to showcase. Each of us brings unique life experiences that allows us not only educate, train, and grow each other, but also provides us a platform to improve our community and hopefully make people rethink what they “know” about women in Junior League.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
I don’t think it matters how I feel; it matters how others feel. Take our 95th anniversary celebration and general meeting, for instance. A small sampling of our community partners was there, and they know and appreciate what the League does for their organizations and other organizations.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
Like anything in life, you get out of the League what you put into the League.

Feature: Lindy Street | #IAmJLL

Past and present members make Junior League of Louisville run. We are excited to feature Lindy Street this week for our #IAmJLL campaign.

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President, 1990-91
When did you join JLL?
I joined as a provisional in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1980. I transferred to New Orleans in 1983 and to Louisville in 1985.

What were some of the things you enjoyed most about your time with the League?
I enjoyed training board members of non-profit organizations when I was a member of the New Orleans League. As president of JLL, I devoted my year to membership training. I spent time with each committee to encourage team building and focus on the current projects in the community in which we were involved.
What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?
Some of my best memories are working and volunteering with the women that gave their time to the League. It was also the best management and leadership training I received anywhere. As president of JLL, I learned invaluable leadership and management skills that have served me well to this day. In my paid working life, my experience with the League prepared me for the responsibility I assumed as senior vice president ofmarketing and public affairs for Columbia/HCA. I also learned the importance of motivating and engaging people. Everyone in the League is a volunteer. You can’t hire or fire volunteers; you engage and motivate the members.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
The League is a powerful resource for well-trained volunteers for all types of non-profit agencies. We are a resource for new ideas and initiatives, as demonstrated by some of the non-profits that were founded by JLL. You also won’t find more qualified and dedicated volunteers.
If you know someone interested in JLL what would you tell them?
There is a line in the movie Pretty Woman, that Julia Roberts makes, which I think applies to becoming a member of JLL: “It’s a mistake, bigga mistake” not to get involved with JLL. The training, the opportunity to meet dedicated and talented women, and the exposure to various areas of the community and community leaders are just a few benefits League members will experience. Oh, and who can forget learning The Roberts Rules of Order!