Meet Courtney Carter | #IAmJLL

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We love to hear from our lovely members and this week is no different. Courtney Carter is up this week and she’s talking about balance, community, and training: just a few things she is learning through Junior League.

When and why did you join JLL?
For fun! I joined the League in the fall of 2008 to meet new people! I showed up to orientation not knowing anyone. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and made some great friends that morning.
What was your favorite project during your time with the League?
Urban Garden! Specifically, the garden at the Home of the Innocents. Cultivating and creating this garden with the children was such fun. Getting to share with them the yields and watch them learn and understand the larger scope of “where food comes from” was really enjoyable.
What have you personally learned/gained while being involved in JLL?
Balance! I learned (still learning) how to manage a calendar, how to prioritize, and how to evaluate how I want to spend my personal time.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
Training! I think the most impactful way JLL contributes to the Louisville community is through our training. The League not only trains us to be better volunteers, but it gives us the tools to make us better employees, citizens, and advocates.
What were the community initiatives during your time with the League?
Be Fit Be Fine! Education!
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
Across the board! I am most looking forward to seeing how our education focus will reach all avenues of our community. The Research Task Force has worked to evaluate the needs in our community and how our members can best fulfill those needs. The combination of servicing our membership and our community will prove impactful on many levels.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
Great things happen when you surround yourself with great people! Joining the Junior League allows you to challenge yourself in ways that your professional or personal life might not. The League opens opportunities and allows you to try new things, all while being supported, motivated, and mentored by an amazing group of women!

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Meet Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad | #IAmJLL

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We are so excited to hear from Leigh Anne this week on the blog. Leigh Anne is an asset to Junior League of Louisville and she gets it done! Thankful for you Leigh Anne!

When and why did you join JLL?
I joined in 2009. At that time I was looking for some balance outside of work. I worked really long hours and wanted to feel like I was contributing something to make the world a better place.

What was your favorite project during your time with the League?
We have had several programs and projects that I have enjoyed. However, the thing I have enjoyed most about the league is it has given me a place to grow personally and professionally. It has been a great safety net to build leadership skills. It has made me a better employee, volunteer, friend and wife. For that I will forever be grateful.
What did you personally learn/gain while being involved in JLL?

So many things. I have learned to juggle multiple deadlines, manage and lead a staff of volunteers, to be a more compassionate person, a better listener and so much more. Being a part of the league made me more secure in who I am as a leader and a person.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community? I think one of our biggest assets in our trained volunteers. While we plan and participate in many community programs within the league the majority of our volunteers also volunteer outside the league. Many organizations and our city are a better place because of the trained volunteers of JLL.
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community? This is a great opportunity for us to make a lasting impact in Louisville. I think we have the opportunity not only to develop programs but educate our members and community at large about education short falls and how we can improve those. Knowledge is power and those who are well informed are more likely to take action.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them? To borrow a line from Nike, Just Do It! You will not regret the time you put in. Just like anything else you get what you put into it. I have made good friends, learned more about Louisville than I would have on my own, been inspired by sustaining members and current members. The League reminds me daily that there is a lot of good in the world and for that I am thankful.

Meet Liz Hack | #IAmJLL

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Liz Hack answered a few questions for us about her love of the league and what it is about Junior League of Louisville that she loves most.

When and why did you join JLL?
I became an active member in 2013.
What has been your favorite project during your time with the League?
Since 2013, I’ve really only been part of one committee, the research and development committee. We have been charged with researching what our League members want the next big thing to be. Through the commitment of the committee, we’ve learned that our members want to focus on education. It’s been very engaging and rewarding to both research what the needs of the community are and match them with the interests of the members.
What have you personally learned/gained while being involved in JLL?
One of my life mottos is, “Learn something new each day.” Through JLL, I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself, my strengths, and my weaknesses. Through JLL, I’ve strengthened my skill to actively listen to others. There are so many talented and smart women in JLL that I’ve learned or gained something from just by listening and engaging with them in planning, etc. Because of my involvement with JLL, I’ve been able to connect with other community organizations to grow my network of contacts both personally and professionally.
How do you feel JLL impacts the community?
We are a strong, community-based group of women who want to positively impact our community. There’s no way we can’t impact the community with that type of passion motivating each of us. From the little things to the big data numbers, JLL impacts the community. The members are “on the front line” tutoring students, beautifying our neighborhoods, encouraging reading, empowering girls, and the list goes on and on. We are part of what makes Louisville the Most Compassionate City in the U.S.
With JLL launching our new Issue Based Community Impact (IBCI), what are ways you see the League impacting education in our community?
There are so many opportunities for our League members to engage in the education initiative, from partnering with groups like United Way, which is always looking for volunteers to support their education programs, to developing our own programs for reaching STEM and the arts. I also think there’s a huge opportunity to provide more education/training/leadership opportunities to our members, things like women in careers, retirement planning, finding the right master’s degree program, etc.
If you know someone interested in JLL, what would you tell them?
I tell them that the League is a great place to learn about the community and how to get involved with your community. The League also tries to fit into what works best for each of its member’s life. For me, my personal and professional life has gotten really hectic with life changes and professional growth. The League understands that and has worked with me one-on-one to make my League life fit my life.