AJLI Recognizes JLLA


The Association of Junior Leagues International Recognizes the Outstanding Work of
The Leadership Institute Program

Los Angeles, CA – April 2009 – As part of an Awards Dinner Celebration recognizing outstanding achievement, the Junior League of Los Angeles received the Junior League Leadership Development Award at The Association of Junior Leagues International 87th Annual Conference for The Leadership Development Institute Program. The purpose of the Los Angeles League’s program is to create a capable leadership pool for both the community and the League.

The Leadership Development Institute is designed on the model ‘Extraordinary Leadership’ which focuses on four customized elements - competency, mentoring, leading a team and obtaining results. Participants fill out a self assessment tool and personal self development plan to identify behaviors and competencies for achieving effective leadership. The program is comprised of a series of leadership training seminars and one-on-one professional executive coaching as well as peer-to-peer coaching. Sessions include content and learning activities related to specific leadership skills. Each participant sets individual goals and is then paired with a fellow participant to help monitor progress in reaching those goals. A majority of last year’s graduates are now in a leadership role. In the future, the Institute will be a pre-requisite to the Board Development Program.

“As a leading women’s volunteer organization, the Junior League of Los Angeles is committed to developing the potential of women as community leaders,” said Minna Taylor, JLLA President. “We are thrilled that our international Association has chosen to recognize our efforts and help us take our Leadership Development Program to the next level.”

“The Junior League of Los Angeles’ Leadership Development Program is a wonderful example of the valuable training and support that women receive when they join The Junior League,” said Debbie Brown Robinson, 2008-2010 President of the Association. “By providing this opportunity, the League is continuing a 108-year-old tradition that inspires, informs and empowers women to lead change in their communities.”

The Junior League of Los Angeles will use the $10,000 Junior League Leadership Development Award to expand the program’s resources and continue to help incorporate advanced training into the League’s Leadership Development Institute, providing greater future impact for the program.

In total, two Junior Leagues each received the $10,000 Junior League Leadership Development Awards. The other Award was given to the Junior League of Mobile, Alabama. The award was presented at a banquet attended by representatives from 293 Junior Leagues in four countries.


Founded in 1901 by New Yorker, Mary Harriman, the Junior Leagues are charitable nonprofit organizations of women committed to voluntarism, developing the potential of its members and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Today, The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) is comprised of more than 160,000 women in 293 Junior Leagues throughout Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Together, they constitute one of the largest, most effective volunteer organizations in the world. For more information please visit www.ajli.org.

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