Honoring T. Terrell Sessums

The Junior League of Tampa mourns the loss of Thomas Terrell Sessums, 2018 Luminary and lifelong Tampa Bay leader. Sessums committed his life to public service and the greater good of the community. A lawyer by trade, Sessums served as a state legislator from 1963 to 1974 rising to become the Speaker of the Florida… Read More

Personal Development at Home

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are enjoying some extra time at home. While we miss the opportunities to connect with each other face to face, this time has provided us all a chance to dive into some new personal development content. With so many options available, we reached out to… Read More

Speaking of Leadership: JLT League of Speakers

Public speaking is terrifying for most people. Yet, it is a required skill of almost all community and civic leaders. In an effort to address this need from members, the League began sponsoring a Toastmasters Club. The goal is to give members access to an internationally recognized program, in a supportive environment where they could… Read More

Lending Libraries: We are all on the Same Page

Written by: Karen Hussey Lending libraries are an exciting initiative The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) launched last year. The goal is to increase literacy and encourage a love of reading in our community. One of the most successful ways to improve children’s reading interest and achievement is to increase their access to books.  Lending… Read More

The Positive Power of Girls

Written by: Kristen Antonello & Kylie Gross The Junior League of Tampa’s Girl Power! program was created in 2013 with the mission to promote literacy, scholarship, nutrition, and positive self-image to the young women in the Tampa community. This year, we are partnering with the Centre for Girls – an enrichment and education center focused… Read More

The Diaper Bank: Diapers as a Social Good

The Junior League of Tampa’s volunteers fulfill monthly diaper orders for nonprofit agencies in Hillsborough County. Written By: Melissa Knight Nodhturft The Junior League of Tampa Diaper Bank was launched last summer in recognition of a simple fact: It is not really about diapers. It is about poverty. Diaper need — the lack of sufficient… Read More

Bringing our 20/20 VISION to Life

Written By: Melissa Knight Nodhturft As I assume the role of President for the 2019-2020 League year, I am tasked with leading The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) into a new decade. With this new decade, I am challenging our membership and the community to see JLT through a new set of eyes. Together we… Read More

DE&I in the League

The Junior League of Tampa (JLT) benefits immeasurably from the diversity of its Membership as well as the communities and populations it serves. Recognizing the importance of facilitating, utilizing and leading from such diversity, JLT has recently implemented a multi-phase, long term initiative to improve and prioritize Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I). GOALS The League’s… Read More

Building Professional Capacity & Leadership

President Isabel Dewey leads breakout session at the Citi: How Women Shape Technology and Business event Written by: Isabel Dewey I had the pleasure to lead a breakout discussion at the second annual ‘Citi: How Women Shape Technology and Business’ event in Tampa.  Citi created this event for women in technology from across the region… Read More

Funding Dreams: How JLT Trains the Next Fund Development Leaders

Photo courtesy of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI). A successful fund development strategy allows nonprofits to transform dreams into reality. The Junior League of Tampa’s (JLT) dream is to break the cycle of poverty for Tampa’s most vulnerable families and children. And with a dream that large we need a robust fund development… Read More