A Message from our
President Holly Johnston.
Welcome to our page, and thank you for your interest in the Junior League of Akron! As 2020 forces us all to embark on a new type of community leadership, I am honored to usher the Junior League of Akron through the change—we still have many opportunities for anyone interested in volunteering in Summit County, learning something new, and being part of a terrific community of women leaders along the way.
When I first discuss the JLA with a new group, they will often ask what the Junior League does. All Junior Leagues seek to empower and train women to be effective community leaders and volunteers. In fact, the Junior League is known to mentor transformational female leaders who set bold goals, open their circles, disrupt convention, and change the conversation for the betterment of civil society. I consider the Junior League of Akron fortunate that we are small enough that each member has a voice in what that looks like. By supporting our members’ ideas and passions, our dedicated network of skilled volunteers has helped get many other community support organizations off the ground, and kept their large scale events running smoothly for decades!
We are always welcoming new members and projects. During my 2020-2021 term, I also hope to:
- Expand our Diversity & Inclusion Programming to include more information, training, and opportunities with different community organizations;
- Implement a new Focus Project;
- Add more educational opportunities for members;
- Increase digital access for members who may not be able to attend in-person events regularly, but would still like to support us; and
- Revitalize our Strategic Plan to encompass these and other long-term goals.
For returning and sustaining members, welcome back to what I hope will be our most exciting year so far. To any other women reading this message, or organizations looking for partnership, please join us as we continue the League’s mission to serve as a catalyst for change in our community. Together, we truly are UNSTOPPABLE.