Diversity & Inclusion in The Junior League of Austin

The Junior League of Austin welcomes all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of individuals, organizations and communities.

JLA 2020-2021 Committee Photo

The 2020-2021 JLA Diversity & Inclusion Committee: 
Top Row (L-R): Zenette Dorsey, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair; Laura Strange, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Sustaining Advisor; Stephanie Winfrey, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member
Bottom Row (L-R): Tayana White, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Admissions Liaison; Jolsna Thomas, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Sustaining Advisor; Claudia Leggareta, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member; Rory Gallagher, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member
Not Pictured: Christina Thielk, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Communications Liaison; Aimee Finney, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Sustaining Advisor; Bianca Garcia, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Training and Education Liaison; Rebecca McCormick, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Administrative Assistant

JLA D&I Committee Vision:

The Junior League of Austin’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee works to highlight and celebrate our diverse and unique membership, while also ensuring our League’s future efforts reflect our firm commitment to Diversity & Inclusion.

JLA D&I Committee Make-Up:

Our committee is made up of dynamic women, both Active and Sustaining Advisors, who each bring her own life experiences and points of view to the League. Our Active members have a combined total of 45 Active years in the League (and counting!), as well as diverse perspectives from a broad range of experiences and industries, ranging from graphic design, to the legal and medical professions, to financial services, to senior levels of corporate management in Fortune 500 companies, and many more in between.

JLA D&I Committee Vision:

The JLA Diversity and Inclusion Committee has established the following strategic objectives to guide us as we work to ensure all women feel welcomed and valued in The Junior League of Austin:

    • Diversity – Cultivate the representation of racial, ethnic, religious, LGBTQIA+, and socioeconomic diversity
    • Inclusion – Create an engaging environment where all members are warmly welcomed and feel a sense of belonging
    • Education – Create training, processes, annual plans and programs to meet the diverse needs of JLA’s membership in partnership with other Committees
    • Communication – Ensure that Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, actions and results are transparent to membership and the Austin community
    • Accountability – Hold leadership accountable for achieving meaningful Diversity & Inclusion goals and objectives in addition to recognizing accomplishments. Partner with leadership to embed diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our League and be a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion outside of the League.

Current Projects

  • Development of a 5-year Strategic Plan.
  • Creation of a comprehensive training catalog to foster a culture that promotes a welcoming and inclusive environment for prospective and current members of JLA.
  • Improvements to recruitment outreach and expansion programs of underrepresented groups of women.
  • Creation of affinity groups.
  • Establishment of a D&I Book Club

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