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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Working Together to Give Back

Written by: Morgan Blake The Junior League of Tampa is honored to have been selected as a recipient of a generous grant from the Lazydays Employee Foundation. The Foundation, created by Lazydays RV in order to give back to the community, awards annual grants in support of local organizations serving the Tampa Bay area. Through […]

The Junior League of Tampa Enables Progress Through Advocacy

President Isabel Dewey, Hannah Parker, Lee Lowry, Maggie McCleland, Melanie Brown, and Mary Ellen Collins at the Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) Leading Ladies Luncheon. On January 10th, The Junior League of Tampa joined 21 Junior Leagues from across Florida at the inaugural Junior Leagues of Florida State Public Affairs Committee […]

Sustainer Spotlight: Penny Parks

Written by: Stephanie Haas “Promoting women to corporate boards, elected government positions, roles in traditionally male dominated industries and advancing the cause of women has been a life-long passion of mine.” Sustainer Penny Parks has this advice for women, “Don’t ask for permission, just do it. Be tenacious and don’t let anyone steal your dream.” […]

The Power of Women: Nancy Tower

Written By: Maren Auxier Nancy Tower is President and CEO of Tampa Electric Co. (TECO) and recently relocated to the Tampa Bay area with her family. She previously served as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Emera, where she focused on mergers and acquisitions and the advancement of strategic growth projects in the areas of electric […]

The Power of Women: Lakshmi Shenoy

Written By: Maren Auxier Lakshmi Shenoy is a recent transplant to the Tampa Bay area and is the CEO of Embarc Collective, formerly known as the Tampa Bay Innovation Hub. Embarc Collective strives to make Tampa Bay a prime destination for diverse startup talent. Before moving to Tampa, Lakshmi lived in Chicago and served as […]

The Power of Women: Kathleen Shanahan

Written By: Maren Auxier It is an exciting time to live in the Tampa Bay region as the area continues to improve and offer new experiences for residents and visitors alike. Tampa’s ongoing growth and development also coincide with reinvigorated attention nationwide to women’s rights and empowerment. In this ever-changing landscape, both accomplished and aspiring […]