First Person: Leadership Reflection

When I reflect on my Junior League leadership experiences since joining in 2004, three words come to mind: Passion, Purpose and Vision. It has truly been a pleasure to serve as a leader to many of the committees, projects, councils (now teams) and serve on the board in two leagues. One experience stands out the… Read More

Who was Mary Harriman? Part 2.

When Mary Harriman graduated from Barnard College in 1905 her work with the New York Junior League continued, and in 1909 she founded a sanitarium for Brooklyn’s “consumptives,” an early term for tuberculosis, which often afflicted the poor living in tenement housing. But that same year brought the death of Mary’s father, E. H. Harriman,… Read More

Announcing the 2016-2018 JLP Director of Operations

The Nominating Committee of The Junior League of Phoenix has selected Kelly Kaysonepheth as Director of Operations. Kelly is slated to follow Lara Lennaman and will begin her tenure in 2016, serving through 2018. About Kelly Kelly grew up in Dodge City, KS and went to college at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. … Read More

Congrats to ATHENA Award Nominee Cathy Brown!

Congratulations to Junior League of Phoenix Active member Cathy Brown, on her ATHENA Award nomination!  Cathy is the regional director of First Things First and  “when families are strong, communities thrive” is her motto. Her passion to improve the health and welfare of women and children is a common theme throughout her professional career. From… Read More

First Person: Caring

Reflections of a Junior League Experience. I find it interesting that no one has ever asked those of us who have stayed in the Junior League why we have done so… I am sure there is some tremendous beauty in our various answers. There have been times I would have answered that with a “they… Read More

First Person: Developing the Potential of Women

When I first joined the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP), I was excited to be part of an organization that was making a difference in the community. I was initially drawn to an organized way of volunteering in the community. It was exciting to “jump” on the member calendar and find a wide variety of… Read More

Who was Mary Harriman? Part 1.

Mary Harriman was determined to be more than a debutante. Although born into a family of great privilege, the path she took was quite different from that which was expected of a member of one of New York City’s wealthiest and most powerful families. But as the oldest and favorite child of E.H. Harriman –… Read More

Margaret Hance: From the JLP to the National Stage

When Margaret Hance became mayor of Phoenix in 1975, she was a member of a very small club of women elected to run a major city in the U.S. But her rise in politics (and ultimately a career in public service at the national level) was grounded in a commitment to voluntarism at the local… Read More

How many First Ladies were in The Junior League first?

Five. Which is quite a few, when you consider that there have only been 20 First Ladies since Mary Harriman founded The Junior League in 1901. Eleanor Roosevelt had her introduction to public service as one of the first members of the Junior League of the City of New York, the first Junior League and… Read More