The Importance of Stories

Stories are important. They capture the imagination. They entertain. They teach. They preserve memories. This year for the JLOEB presidential blog, I’ll be writing stories based on interviews with JLOEB past presidents. Each of these women served the league well. They had their own theme, successes, and challenges that make for lessons learned and advice… Read More

The Value of Celebration

Let’s end our year talking about the value of celebration. It’s a time for acknowledging the work that has been done and reflecting on what went well. It is an opportunity to be thankful. We can be thankful for the opportunities the year presented, the people we worked with, and the objectives we achieved. Celebration… Read More

Equity vs. Equality

If I were writing a value statement for equity, I would say: We believe that creating equity for all is the responsibility of all. Living the value of equity promotes understanding, fairness, acceptance, and action. As equity is often confused with equality, it is worth defining both words. Per Merriam-Webster, the definition of equity is… Read More

Women’s History Month

R-E-S-P-E-C-T is a powerful song made famous by Aretha Franklin. It is a theme song for women everywhere. It also hallmarks an AJLI value. As a member of Junior League, we believe respect is a fundamental human right. Living the value of respect, we operate with an unconditional positive regard for others. Respect is a… Read More

Hope for the Future + Service

As we continue our journey through the AJLI value statements, we will examine service. The statement reads: We believe it is through service that we build core relationships with others. Service is the lens through which we decide how we will invest our time and resources. Living the value of service empowers us as catalysts… Read More

The Value of Collaboration

As you know, this league year we are working our way through the AJLI value statements. So far we’ve discussed community, leadership, and diversity. This month, we’ll address the value of collaboration. The AJLI statement reads: We believe lasting societal change is achieved through both collaboration and meaningful disagreement. Living the value of collaboration inspires… Read More

Diversity: Is It a Big Problem or a Personal Commitment?

Here at the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, it is not a big problem, diversity among our members is growing; but it is something that we want to intentionally incorporate into our plans for the future. It’s one of our values and the leadership of the league wants to make it a personal commitment. AJLI’s… Read More

Leadership as a Value

The Junior League value statement for this month is: We believe in the unique power of women’s leadership abilities to transform communities for the better. Living the value of leadership allows us to make a collective difference. Junior League is built on this premise. It was, in fact, the unique power of one woman, Mary… Read More

September 2018 | Our New Year Begins

The Junior League of Oakland East Bay spent the summer ramping up and launching our work plan for the year. If you attended the September General Membership Meeting, you know we had a fabulous time talking about servant leadership, finances, fundraising, membership, SPAC, and more. It was exciting to hear what the year has in… Read More

August 2018 | Introduction to AnnAlia

  Welcome to the Presidential blog! I’ll be writing once per month to share about the league and perhaps offer motivational thoughts and information to help you serve Oakland and the East Bay. In this issue you’ll find out about my background, League history, and what I hope to deliver as your President. I am… Read More