JLCUimpacts2Cassandra, a graduating senior in Political Science and History, wanted to learn more about the nonprofit sector and project management through this program yet gained so much more: “I feel like I was able to connect more with the larger CU community through our work with JL. There are inspiring women doing incredible work in CU, and I feel fortunate to have interviewed and met many of them. Witnessing the power of women leadership was so transformative, and I can’t wait to see how this community grows as a result of the JL’s work.”

Vanessa is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and intends to further her studies in law school. “By working with the YWCA and Junior League, I was given the opportunity to see how the Champaign-Urbana community thrives beyond just the college bubble. It was an inspiring and rewarding experience to be surrounded by the members of Junior League passionately working on the same mission. I especially look forward each week in working alongside with the other interns. I learned so much from conducting interviews with topics ranging from domestic violence to motherhood, and to family nutrition. The main takeaway out of the Women-in-Leadership program that I would like to carry with me into the future is the notion that success comes when we all work collaboratively and when we all support one another.”

Sandra is a graduating senior in Animal Science with a pre-veterinary medicine concentration. Although she will soon begin her veterinary medicine journey, she continues to expand her interest in the nonprofit sector to remain grounded. “ Through the Women and Leadership and Junior League partnership, I have been able to see a glimpse of the impact non-profit organizations can make in the community and the importance of taking action. I have also witnessed the results that a group of inspired and driven women can do by interviewing our candidates and by working with the JL”.

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