Leadership Development Series, Part 4: Jennie Elser

Bianca Cords & Jennie Elser volunteer with the Fresh Express bus. JLP was a founding partner of the Fresh Express bus.

The development of women that occurs through the Junior League of Phoenix’s (JLP) training (both hands-on and classroom) is transformative. The League offers endless ways to get involved and learn at a pace dictated by the individual member. Jennie Elser, incoming 2020 – 2022 JLP President, explains more about how Junior League changed the trajectory of her life path:

“When I joined JLP in 2004, I had absolutely no idea the impact it would have on my life and never imaged that one day I would become president of the organization. I saw it as an opportunity to volunteer in the community and to have an outside interest beyond being a stay-at-home mom.
However, once I stepped into different leadership roles, I started gaining more confidence in myself and began to see myself as a leader. Eventually, I started taking on leadership roles in the community, like leading a Girl Scout troop, chairing PTA committees, fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, chairing the annual fundraising gala for The Children’s Museum of Phoenix and helping to found a nonprofit, The Joyride Society, and serving on the board.

Through my training in JLP, I have learned more about myself, gained an incredible amount of knowledge and skills and am able to use that to make an impact on the community.”