Why did you get involved in the JLM?
I am a member of a number of service orientated memberships in Memphis and Nationally. I chose JLM, because it aligns with my personal mission to promote volunteerism across the Mid-South and empower women and children.
What have you learned from being a member of the JLM?
There is power in bringing women from diverse backgrounds together. JLM by bringing these women together gives us a stronger voice and force; that is making great impact in our city because we share a common goal for improving our community.
What’s been your favorite GMM location and/or speaker?
I enjoyed a GMM that was held at Hutchinson. This particular meeting has a segment that focused on Teachers doing amazing things in the school setting. These teacher(s) receive a grant from JLM to facilitate their programming in the schools and at the meeting they provided an impact report. This was exciting, because it showed that JLM was making a difference in the lives of young people.
What advice would you give to a provisional member?
I would say volunteer for everything. Volunteering will help you connect more with Memphis, local non-profits and service, and meet other members! Volunteering with JLM will help you not only build the connections above, but will also help you enhance and develop skills that are translatable to your current career or future career. Finally, by volunteering you have the opportunity to sample the areas that you may likely choose as your placement locations when you become an active member.
What is your occupation?
I am the Director of Volunteer Memphis. Volunteer Memphis is an action initiative of Leadership Memphis. Our goal is to increase volunteerism across the Mid-South.
Who has inspired you in your career/field?
Memphis. I am inspired by the volunteer grit n grind of our city. Memphis is one of the most giving and caring cities in my opinion. My goal to increase volunteerism across the Mid-South starts here in Memphis.
Who’s your favorite sports team?
Bluff City Kickers. I am the co-captain of an adult kickball team. We play in the Memphis Kickball League. And YES there is a such thing as Adult Kickball!
What is your favorite quote?
Do not think that life consists of dress and show. Remember that everyone’s life is measured by the power that that individual has to make the world better- this is all life is. – Booker T. Washington