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.