- What is the Junior League? Share what the group does and what its mission is.
Junior League of Boca Raton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteer. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.
2. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you get involved in the Junior League and why?
I am originally from Brazil. I grew up in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo and I am the oldest of three sisters, a mini league of our own! I came to the US as an international student to further my education in 2000 when I met my husband Marco. I spent most of my career between the East and West coast of the U.S. and my husband and I decided to call the South Palm Beach County area our home. We now have 2 boys, Pietro (5) and Phillipo (2), and one more on the way (arriving in October). I have always been very involved in community initiatives since growing up in Brazil, and joined the Junior League of Boca Raton in 2010. The women of the League are an inspiration for me! The League is composed of very strong women who have leading careers, lovely families and are catalysts of positive change in our community.
3. What are some of the initiatives Junior League is working on?
The Junior League of Boca Raton is a network of empowered female civic leaders working with community partners to address and solve pressing issues like child welfare, nonprofit support and hunger. We’re part of an international network of 291 Leagues comprised of over 150,000 women, in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., engaged in similar work in their own communities. This provides us with a unique and powerful depth of knowledge and resourcefulness to bring about the changes we strive to accomplish.
4. What are your plans and goals for your term as president?
Our commitment has remained unwavering: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think.
The Junior League of Boca Raton celebrates all women who make a positive impact in our community. This year is very special for us, as we are celebrating the 30th Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon which celebrates outstanding women who are philanthropists and volunteers in our community. These amazing women are nominated by nonprofit organizations throughout Palm Beach County for their dedication and expertise as volunteers, furthering the missions of the organizations they serve. We are honored to have Barb Schmidt as our honorary chair and our past-president Kirsten Stanley as the event chair.
5. What is your favorite part about being involved in Junior League? Why should someone consider joining?
The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, and has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901. True to their legacy, today’s League members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our society.