By: Amanda AdzichBeing a part of the Corporate Partnerships Committee is one of the most unique, rewarding, challenging, and important placements within the Junior League of Edmonton. I am currently in my second year on the Corporate Partnerships Committee and would love to continue on for another year!
The Corporate Partnerships Committee has the great responsibility of maintaining our league’s relationships with our community business partners. I cannot stress the importance of these relationships enough, as these relationships bring in the funds used to train our members, pamper our members, put on events, and give back to our community partners.
I joined the Junior League for networking and for giving back to the community in a fulfilling way. This has been my experience with the Corporate Partnerships Committee. I was fortunate to travel to San Antonio last year for my first Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Conference with all the other Junior Leagues. It was amazing to learn about Fund Development from so many different perspectives. It brought new ideas back to our league to further our success with our community business partners, new potential events, and to increase our league’s revenue.
I have found this position to be extremely rewarding, yet challenging! I love to network, mix and mingle at fancy events, go on coffee dates, and help plan events. In my position, I have been able to do all of those things! If you love people, are confident with networking (or extremely interested in growing your confidence), and want to be an integral part of the league, then this is the position for you! It is not for the faint of heart, however. You need to be willing to put yourself out there, get creative, ask for sponsorship from businesses, and have a good time. Most of the time required for this position is on your own time meeting with our community business partners to maintain, enhance, or develop the relationship. Part of the committee is required to attend the event planning meetings to ensure that our partnerships are aligning with the events. We also meet as a committee regularly (monthly-ish) to ensure that we are staying on track with asks, follow ups, and new ideas.
Being a part of the Corporate Partnerships Committee is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of! This committee directly and indirectly supports the entire league and all other positions from a financial perspective. A great perk of this position is the skills you will learn as you go that can easily be incorporated on your to resume for future employment ventures. You will not only create lasting relationships with your fellow Junior League members but also with community business partners and other non-profits throughout the city!
Members, watch your inboxes on March 1st for our 2018/2019 Placements Survey.
If you’re interested in learning more about the placements opportunities available for the upcoming membership year, join Janine Robin, Placements and Mentorship Chair, and Phalyn Chenard, Membership Director on February 25th at 10:30am for “Let’s Chat Placements” a video webinar for the Junior League of Edmonton!
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