Founders’ Award Recipient Spotlight

Each year the Junior League of Louisville honors its most outstanding sustainers, supporters and community partners with the JLL Excellence Awards. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Founders’ Award Recipient Michelle Black White.

The Founders’ Award is presented to a Sustainer that has demonstrated continued Civic and Charitable Leadership on behalf of the League and the Community.  The Founders’ Award was started in 1982 to honor a Junior League of Louisville Sustainer for her ongoing impact in the Louisville Community. It is the most prestigious award given by the Junior League of Louisville to honor a woman who has used her League training to continue to contribute to the betterment of our community. This award is intended for a member who is community minded, lives the mission of the JLL through her actions and services and inspires others to reach their dreams with courage, strength and love to others.

Michelle has taken her JLL Leadership experience and served on several community Boards such as the KMAC Board and Operation Brightside. She also volunteers for her son’s schools as well, as a mother to 3 boys. What I think it great about Michelle is that although she has been a Sustainer for many years, she has remained involved by spearheading the JLL Book Club for over a decade, she created the monthly Sustainer Lunch Bunch to create more connection for sustainers and she returned to serve on this year’s Board of Director’s as the Sustainer Director.  Michelle re-vamped the Sustainer Advisory Board to get more sustainers involved and made the meetings more effective and impactful. I had the opportunity to witness this first-hand as she led the CAB/SAB members through several exercises to generate many ideas and feedback that have already proved to be useful.

Most sustainers launch from actively serving JLL to go out in the community to make a difference. What makes Michelle unique is that she did this while actually staying involved. I believe Michelle’s consistent connection to the organization made it a win-win… she used her JLL experience to go make an impact in the the community, and then brought her wisdom, loyalty and elevated skills from those experiences back to make our organization an even better place. I would like to see Michelle recognized for continually exemplifying JLL Leadership both within the organization and in our community.  One last note, Michelle has also used her JLL experience to make women feel good and beautiful by creating a successful business through W by Worth. She serves many women in our organization by helping them look and feel their best….I know because she has done that for me!

                                                                        -­ Jennifer Blair, JLL Past President

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Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

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Junior League of Louisville 2016-2017 Annual Celebration

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Junior League of Louisville hosted it’s Annual May Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel which was sponsored by Kosair Charities.  The event celebrated the accomplishments of the League for the 2016-2017 year, which included another successful year of service and leadership.

The League inducted the 2017 Spring Provisional Members into active membership and recognized those women who have completed 6 or more active years of service into Sustaining Membership!  Awards we also presented to members and community partners for their service and support during the League year!

Awards and Recipients

Community Partner Award
Wave 3 News and Jefferson County Public Education Foundation
This was presented to these community partners for their continuous support and work on Imagination Library Louisville.  This award is presented to a corporation or community organization that has shown tremendous support to the league and its mission.

Outstanding Provisional Award
Brittany Laderer
This award is presented to a provisional class member in recognition of outstanding individual or team leadership skills shown while completing the Provisional Course.

Member of Achievement: JLL Leadership Award
Abbie Gilbert
This award is given to a committee chair that takes an active role in developing leaders by serving as a mentor, motivator, and delegator. This member has executed her position gracefully and to the best of her ability.

Member of Achievement: Pia Posadas Miller Personal Development Leadership Award
Laurel Mallory
This award is given to a member who takes the initiative to go above and beyond her committee and membership responsibilities. This member exhibited a great can-do attitude, has taken thankless jobs and has risen to the occasion when called upon..

Member of Achievement: Community Leadership Award
Barb Shirkness
This award is given to a member who has demonstrated her leadership skills in the Louisville community in non-profit organizations whether serving on a Board or as a dedicated volunteer.

Community Outreach Award
Lauren Coulter
This award is presented to the member who has exuded the mission of JLL to provide service to the community and training to JLL members.

Philanthropist Award
Sarah Wunderlin
This award is given to a member who has significantly increased the bottom line of the organization. From securing donations to ensuring a JLL fundraiser is successful, this member has helped to provide the JLL with the financial resources it needs to carry out its mission.

A League of Their Own Award
The Blooming Deals Committee
This award is presented to a committee that personifies team spirit. This committee has worked together effectively throughout the year and has met all challenges head on to successfully accomplish their assignment.

Member Enhancement Award
Tracey Snow
This award is given to a member who has significantly improved the quality of membership for her fellow members.

For more information regarding the Junior League of Louisville please visit our website!

Past Presidents Luncheon: Delightful Company and Delicious Dishes

On October 30, President Elect, Hala Ziady, hosted the annual Past Presidents Luncheon at Kosair Charities in the Community Room. Thirty of JLL’s leading women were in attendance.The Luncheon is held for the past presidents’ to be able reconnect with each other annually, for the incoming president to share what exciting things are going on currently with the League as well as a way to share a little bit about herself and her goals for the upcoming league year.

October 30, 2013 Luncheon
Past Presidents  (from left: Anita Barbee, Alice Baron, Christi Lanier Robinson and Paula Campbell)

The menu for the event was full of delicious recipes from Bluegrass Gatherings.  The cookbook was one of the topics discussed during the event and the afternoon concluded with the ladies walking out the door with a purchased cookbook in hand!  JLL is fortunate that our Past Presidents’ actively support our fundraising efforts.

Food from Bluegrass Gatherings that was served at the 2013 Past Presidents Luncheon.
Dishes from Bluegrass Gatherings were served at luncheon.

The agenda topics included updates on our Flexible Leave Program (formerly Leave of Absence), how the DIAD program will work this league year, Hollydays and our partnership with the Kentucky Derby Festival for 2014. A big thank you to Chrissy Evans – President, Kate Ratliff – V.P. Community Impact and Beth Grammer – A.V.P. Fundraising for providing several of those updates.

According to President Elect, Hala Ziady, her favorite part of the event was “…having everyone go around the room and introducing their self, what year they were President and their favorite memory or best advice.” Dede Jones (President of JLL in 1959) shared that being involved in JLL helped ‘make her who she is today.’