2017 Press Releases

2017 Press Releases

Suzanne Plihcik receives the 2017 Mary Harriman Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Service

Suzanne Plihcik of Greensboro, Receives The Junior League’s 2017 Mary Harriman Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Service

Greensboro, NC – Suzanne Plihcik of the Junior League of Greensboro (NC) has been recognized for a lifetime of outstanding service, both as a League member and as an advocate for racial equity, by The Association of Junior Leagues International with the 2017 Mary Harriman Award for Community Leadership. The award, which is The Junior League’s most prestigious, was made at AJLI’s 95th Annual Conference in Minneapolis-St. Paul on May 19.

Ms. Plihcik joins such past Mary Harriman Award winners as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; Martha Rivers Ingram, chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trustees and a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts; Karen Cullen Luke, lifelong civic leader in Oklahoma City and vice chair of the committee that built The Oklahoma National Memorial & Museum; Florence Shapiro, a long-time member of the Texas Senate; Samira Modad, a tireless advocate for public health and education initiatives in Mexico; Lyda Hall, a noted Texas philanthropist; as well as last year’s winner, Martha Strayer Russel of the Junior League of Toronto.

“Anyone who doubts the ability of committed Junior League members to create lasting civic impact has obviously never met Suzanne Plihcik,” said AJLI President Carol Scott. “Like Mary Harriman, Suzanne stepped outside of an inherited cultural role, working to guide others to understand, and address, racism as the root cause of many issues facing our country today.”

Ms. Plihcik joined the Junior League of Greensboro in 1982 at a time when Guilford County was considering merging its three school districts – and race was a central issue. Met with passionate opposition, the merger would not take place for another decade. Chosen as one of 20 community members to study the potential merger and communicate their findings to the Guilford County Commissioners, the work that Ms. Plihcik and the other committee members put into the early years ultimately contributed to a smooth transition.

For Ms. Plihcik, however, the experience led her to continue to question the traditional problem-solving approach of identifying a problem and then creating a top-down solution. She also came to believe that those who want to influence and change public policy on issues like school integration need first to understand the racial bias that impacts all systems—not just education but also outcomes in healthcare and law enforcement interaction.

From there, Ms. Plihcik began a journey that has made her into one of the foremost white anti-racism speakers and advocates in our country. Among her many achievements was the co-founding, in 2008, of the Racial Equity Institute, an alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders devoted to the work of creating racially equitable organizations and systems.

About the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award

In 1901, a 19-year-old debutante with a social conscience rallied 80 of her peers to improve the squalid living conditions of immigrants on New York City’s Lower East Side, forming the first Junior League. Eighty-nine years later, in 1990, the AJLI Board of Directors created the Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award as a way of recognizing an individual Junior League member whose volunteer efforts embody Mary Harriman’s pioneering spirit, her sense of social responsibility, and her ability to motivate others to share their talents through effective volunteer action. It serves as a modern-day link to our rich heritage—and to the tradition Mary began.

About the Junior League of Greensboro

The Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The Junior League of Greensboro has contributed more than $3 million in its 90-year history, with more than $2 million contributed in the last 10 years.


Glennon Doyle Melton Headlines 2017 Women's Leadership Summit

The Count Down Begins! Glennon Doyle Melton Headlines the 2017 Women’s Leadership Summit

Women’s Leadership Conference to be Held at Grandover Resort on 4.25.2017

 Greensboro, NC – The Junior League of Greensboro announces Glennon Doyle Melton as the Headline Speaker of the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit to be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Grandover Resort. Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the inspiring and hilarious New York Times bestselling memoir, Carry On, Warrior, and the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Love Warrior, which was chosen as one of Oprah’s Book Club picks for 2016.

The Junior League of Greensboro believes that trained leaders make lasting community change, and our community is strengthened through developing the potential of women. Melton demonstrates the role that women can own as change agents. She is the creator and president of Together Rising, a non-profit organization that has revolutionized on-line giving through “Love Flash Mobs” and has connected countless families in need with millions of dollars in critical resources

As an author, philanthropist and activist, her hilarious and poignant observations have been read by millions, shared among friends, and have now inspired a social movement.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the powerhouse that is Glennon Melton Doyle as our headline speaker for the 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit. We are looking forward to her sharing her real life story as it aligns with our voice and vision on the role we can each play in making a positive and lasting impact on our community.”

-Junior League President, Carley Swaim

The daylong leadership and professional development conference for women will also feature regional recognized and respected women leaders. Guilford County Schools Superintendent, Sharon Contreras will be the plenary speaker, opening with an inspirational message about providing the opportunity and resources for a high-quality education to all children. FOX8 Morning Anchor Cindy Farmer will be leading a question and answer session with Glennon Doyle Melton where attendees can actively participate in asking the keynote speaker the questions that interest them most.

A few of the breakout speakers will include: Whitney Way Thore from My Big Fat Fabulous Life, Teresa Class & Angie Burleyson from Dale Carnegie, and Suzanne Plihcik from the Racial Equity Institute. Thore is a body-positive activist and self-love advocate who will be speaking about the “No Body Shame” campaign she founded. Teresa Class & Angie Burleyson with the Triad Region for Dale Carnegie Training of Central and Eastern North Carolina will be discussing “Becoming the Best Versions of Ourselves – Women Supporting Women”. Suzanne Plihcik is an Associate Director of the Racial Equity Institute and will be discussing the racial divide.

The Junior League of Greensboro is dedicated to developing the potential of all women. The Women’s Leadership Summit is open to all women in the community. Space is limited. Register before April 14, 2017 on the website at JLGwomensummit.org.

Information about speakers & the event can be found on the website at JLGwomensummit.org

About Glennon Doyle Melton

A popular speaker in the U.S. and internationally, Glennon speaks frequently to diverse audiences including corporations, universities, faith communities, non-profit groups, mental health professionals, parents’ organizations, women’s leadership and non-profit conferences, and writing groups. When speaking to corporate and association audiences, she motivates leaders and employees to build trust and cohesion on their teams by embracing courage, boldness and purpose in their life’s work. Drawing from her own personal story of addiction and recovery, Glennon inspires mental health and addiction/recovery audiences with her authentic, empowering, hopeful, and fresh perspective on healing. She speaks with passion and humor to diverse faith communities about freedom, joy, peace, inclusion and loving ourselves and each other. Speaking with parents’ groups and community organizations, Glennon employs her trademark wit and candor to encourage us all to step out from behind masks of perfection and start connecting with one another by showing up as our real, messy and beautiful selves. She is known for her unique ability to inspire women to embrace unity and each other. The fact that her events sell out across the county is testament that her authenticity, power and humor translate forcefully from the page to the stage.

 About the Junior League of Greensboro

The Junior League of Greensboro, North Carolina, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Celebrating its 85th year, the Junior League of Greensboro has contributed more than $3 million in its 86-year history, with more than $2 million contributed in the last 10 years.


Junior League of Greensboro's Bargain Box to serve as collection site for Greensboro Urban Ministry

Junior League of Greensboro’s Bargain Box Thrift Store to serve as collection site for Greensboro Urban Ministry food donations.

Local Nonprofit Organizations work together to address critical food shortage in community.

Greensboro, NC March 3, 2017 —: The Junior League of Greensboro, NC, Inc. has announced that it will be collecting food donations for the Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Food Pantry in response to the recent food shortage. Donations can be dropped off at the Junior League Bargain Box Thrift Store located at 1410 Mill St., Greensboro, NC 27408.

This is not the Junior League’s first partnership with the Greensboro Urban Ministry. The two organizations have worked together in the past, dating back to 1991, when they joined forces to provide medication for those in the community who were unable to pay for it.

The Junior League of Greensboro hopes that by making it’s Bargain Box thrift store a GUM donation site, those who would not otherwise be able to take donations directly to the Food Pantry Warehouse, will take advantage of the opportunity to drop off both food and clothing donations to help the two organizations continue to give back to the community.

According to the Greensboro Urban Ministry, the Greensboro metro area is ranked among the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of urban poverty in the nation, according to the Brookings Institution (2014, 2016). The area is ranked the ninth highest in the country in food insecurity issues, meaning households have inconsistent and/or inadequate access to needed food (Food Research and Action Center, 2016).

The purpose of the Junior League of Greensboro, NC, Inc. is to improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League supports and promotes voluntarism as an essential component of our society by providing training for our volunteers and by creating and supporting programs that benefit our diverse community through the utilization of volunteers. The Junior League of Greensboro supports programs that do the following: ensure the delivery of a quality public education, promote safe and healthy housing, seek to improve literacy, seek to ensure that all citizens have access to resources that meet their most basic needs, promote community enrichment through the arts, and establish and nurture mentor relationships.