Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Chair
How long have you been in Junior League?
I joined JLGNF in 2017
What does the League mean to you?
I joined the league because I wanted to serve my local community having left the non profit section to work for the federal government. What I didn’t expect was the amazing relationships the league has cultivated. Being in JLGNF has broaden my village and enriched my life. One of the things that makes JL unique is that we are not just a volunteer organization. While volunteering is an element of our direct service impact; our mission is centered in the training and development of our members. Being in JLGNF I have been able to funnel my passions that include DEI in to my professional and long term goals. Placements are a key role in that growth. As a member of JLU, I was given opportunities to stretch my skills in developing programming. As VP of Community, I learned how to effectively delegate, how to successfully advocate for our members, and trust that it is ok if I don’t t have all the answers (no one ever does!). In my current and most impactful placement as chair of DEI, I am grateful for the level of trust given to me, not just by leadership but by our wonderful members as we stretch, grow and most importantly move forward to create lasting change within JLGNF and our community regarding inequality and anti-racist work.
Who is your female role model and why?
My Grandmother, Annie Mae Bobo. I was raised by my grandmother. “Momma” as I called her, lived her life always showing up and standing for what is important. By example, she taught me why it is important to make a small voice LARGE and to love my family with all that I have. Everything I am or ever hope to be is because I was raised by the daughter of a sharecropper, the granddaughter of a freedman, who was denied access to an education but was the smartest and the strongest woman I have ever met.
What causes do you care about the most?
I am a Womanist/Black Feminist.
Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality issues are core to the causes and topics that I give my time, talents and advocacy to.
Where do you go to get inspired?
I look at my children and I think of the the world that I want them to live it. I reflect on the saying, “To whom much is given, much is required”. I’ve been truly blessed in my life’s journey, so I’m always looking for ways which I can give to others.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the Atlanta area?
Describe yourself in one word.
What’s on your bucket list?
Starting a consulting/facilitation business
Retiring to Lake Oconee
Obtaining my PhD
What’s your favorite JLGNF memory thus far?
Working with the girls during our Strong Girls Bright Future event.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Raising pro feminist, civic minded young men. They are a part of the legacy I leave this world and through them I know they too will make the world better than what they were born into.