What is your favorite placement?
Oh wow, this is a tough one. Every placement I’ve had has been fulfilling. My favorite so far has probably been either Membership Manager or Repeat Boutique Chair. With Membership Manager, I loved getting to work directly with JLM members and helping them complete their requirements or making accommodations to work with everyone’s individual needs. With Repeat Boutique, while it is a Fund Development placement, it’s also a Community placement in my mind as well. Many Memphians’ only exposure to the Junior League is the Repeat Boutique, and I always love working there with the staff, JLM volunteers, and serving the community at the same time.
Why did you get involved in the JLM?
I moved to Memphis in 2004 after graduating from Ole Miss law school. I’m not from here, so wanted a way to volunteer in an organized fashion. I attended a wedding at the CRC and that was really my introduction to the JLM. From there, I applied to join the next provisional class, and I’ve been involved in the JLM ever since.
What have you learned from being a member of the JLM?
So much. I’ve learned that the JLM is truly a place where women lift one another up and encourage and support each other. There are so many knowledgeable women in the league, and in my experience, women are willing to go out of their way to help other members. It’s truly an empowering group, and I’ve loved being a part of it.
What advice do you have for other members about choosing a meaningful placement?
With our league being a large one, we have something for everyone in the placement department. I think it’s important to read the placement manual and descriptions, but if you happen to get into a placement and realize it’s not for you, or your schedule doesn’t work, let someone know! If you’re unhappy in your placement, then you aren’t getting the best JLM experience possible. And if we don’t know you’re unhappy, we can’t fix it. Let someone know, and we’ll be happy to figure something out. We are all in this together!
What’s been your favorite GMM location and/or speaker?
I love the Levitt Shell meetings we had a couple of years ago. I thought it was a brilliant idea that Past President Carolyn Danley had to invite friends, family, etc. to join us in kicking off our JLM year.
What is your occupation?
I am an adjunct history instructor at a community college and also work for my husband.
Who has inspired you in your career/field?
I’ve had some incredible history instructors over the years who inspired me and encouraged my development as an instructor. And, obviously, my husband is the best boss ever! 🙂
What is your favorite Memphis restaurant?
There are so many correct answers to this question! Memphis has the best food, and there are so many wonderful local spots that I love to hit.
Who’s your favorite sports team?
The Memphis Grizzlies!
What is your favorite quote?
“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano
What is the last book you read and would recommend?
I mostly read nonfiction and I read “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America” by Rick Perlstein recently. It discusses the divisiveness of American politics and how the events of 1968 caused ripple effects that are still felt today.