Member Spotlight 2022-2023

Our Member Spotlight features women from across the Junior League of Chicago, and we ask them to answer a set of questions to help our members and friends get to know them better. These incredible women volunteer their time – whether as members of leadership or on committees – to help bring our mission to life.

Spotlight on Shannon Weisz | FUNraising Committee Member

About

What do you do professionally? I am an accountant. I work in Tax (transfer pricing).

Fun fact about you outside of the JLC? I am training for the Chicago Marathon! And my goal is to read 50 books this year, but I already read 40… so will probably read more than that.

 

Experience in the League

How long have you been a member of the Junior League of Chicago? I transferred to JLC in May 2021, but was part of the JLSF since January 2020.

What is your role in the JLC? The FUNraising Committee puts on fundraising events throughout the year with local vendors that benefit our work in the community.

Why you are a JLC member?  I joined JLC to build a sense of community in Chicago.

What’s your favorite memory as part of the JLC? I was a transfer last year and I really appreciated all of the transfer events that the committee put on. It was such a welcoming atmosphere and it made my transition to Chicago seamless!

Spotlight on Grace Rumford | Transfer Committee Member

About

What do you do professionally? I have always worked in the energy industry and I am currently Director of Structured Origination for NextEra Energy, which is the largest generator of renewable energy in the world. I work with companies who have sustainability goals and help them determine the best path to use renewable energy to reduce their carbon emissions. NextEra then finances, builds and manages these renewable energy projects on their behalf.

Fun fact about you outside of the JLC? I enjoy sailing on Lake Michigan and playing tennis. I started the JLC Tennis Stars MLM so I encourage everyone to join!

 

Experience in the League

How long have you been a member of the Junior League of Chicago? Since February 2019. I joined in London and transferred to Chicago in 2021.

What is your role in the JLC? The transfer committee’s role is to welcome women who have moved to Chicago from other cities. The Transfer committee is very active, we plan lots of social and volunteer events to help transfer members explore their new hometown and make new friends.

Why you are a JLC member? I joined the Junior League in London as a way to get more involved in my community and to make friends while living abroad. I lived in London for three years and I knew a few other women who were in the Junior League so I decided to give it a try, and I’m very glad I did! I have made great friends both in London and in Chicago through the Junior League.

What’s your favorite memory as part of the JLC? In November last year I was really bummed out because I had to cancel a vacation at the last minute. I went on the JLC calendar to see what was happening, and saw there was a holiday happy hour that evening so I decided to go. It turned out to be super fun — I met two awesome new friends and then won a gift basket in raffle, talk about a turn in events! Without the JLC I would have just stayed home feeling sorry for myself that day, but because there are always events going on I was able to get out and make new memories.

How has the JLC helped you personally? The JLC has helped me broaden my social network and allowed me to meet all types of interesting women who I would not have otherwise met. It has also given me a feeling of greater connection to Chicago and provided me with opportunities to enjoy Chicago through lots of creative activities that I would never have discovered otherwise.

How has the JLC helped you in your career? Professionally, my previous placement on the Advocacy Committee helped me better understand how elected officials engage with their constituents. This was very relevant for me in my role at the time because I was leading a public-private partnership for my former employer.