Hello and welcome to
the Junior League of Nashville (JLN)!
It is truly an honor to serve as JLN’s 80th President in our 97th year. I’m excited for our great work and inspiring mission to continue moving forward.
For nearly 100 years, our members, each a leader in her own right, have been making an impact within our organization and the overall Nashville community in remarkable ways. Through the decades, community need-based issues have defined the work and strategic direction of the League. As such, we have evolved as an organization as the city around us has changed, which is why we are proud to be tackling the mountainous issues of human trafficking and literacy in our community while also continuing our storied partnership with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and timeless Junior League initiatives like Kids in the Kitchen.
As we consider what this year and the next several hold as we get closer to celebrating our centennial, I’ll remain inspired by Vision 2022, which is guiding the work of the Board of Directors, Management Team, each member and the constituents we serve:
JLN Vision 2022
In 2022, JLN will be known in our community as:
• A leader in driving community change
• An influential voice in a dynamic and growing city
• Courageous women who make things happen
In 2022, JLN will be known in our membership for:
• Transparent and efficient structures that support member development
• A place where members belong and matter
• Shared commitment to a mutually beneficial membership experience
Our focus this year, as it is every year, is on our mission and our members. Our work is transformative for Nashville and for each member who devotes her volunteer time with the JLN. By training leaders in myriad ways, promoting voluntarism, and developing the potential of women every single day, we ensure that our impact will be felt in measurable ways for decades to come. As a substantial nonprofit, it is important that our governance, management, financial, and other practices are best in class. JLN leaders and staff are devoted to ensuring that is the case to sustain a healthy business model for years to come.
In addition to our community efforts, I want to shine a light on the commitment JLN leadership has made to diversity and inclusion and to determining what our members’ needs are such that we are adaptable and evolving as an organization to continue to meet them. Several years ago, we adopted the following statement, which is receiving renewed focus and effort this coming year: The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities. We want the JLN to be a place where any woman who believes in our mission is welcomed to be a part of it and fulfilled by her decision. We could not achieve the great outcomes we do without incredible partnerships with community agencies on the front lines of the issues we are trying to help solve, nor could we without the continued support of our Sustainers and past leaders.
The work of today’s JLN is the best reflection of a tradition that began in 1922: transformational female leaders who set bold goals, opened their circles, disrupted the status quo and changed the conversation for the betterment of our city. Mary Harriman, founder of the first-ever Junior League, said “We have the responsibility to act, and we have the opportunity to conscientiously act to affect the environment about us.” I look forward to all we’ll accomplish together in 2018-19!
Yours in service,
Jennifer Osland Hillen
Junior League of Nashville