Story: Stephanie Maxwell Newton | Photography: Rett Peek |
Life is busy for Sabrina Lewellen. As the 2017-2018 president of the Junior League of Little Rock (JLLR) she presides over one of the largest women’s organizations in the state. On top of that, she is the deputy director and assistant secretary of the Arkansas State Senate and is a member of several legislative societies and a local community advisory committee.
It’s in her position in the JLLR, which celebrates its centennial in 2022, that she is encouraging more women to become leaders in their communities. While the nonprofit’s mission is constant from year to year—to decrease childhood obesity, improve student literacy, and provide leadership training for Little Rock women—its president gets to set a theme for her tenure. Lewellen’s theme is “Women Saying Yes.” That means taking on roles within and outside of the organization that will facilitate change, particularly in the realms of children’s health and school preparedness.
“In my experience, when a woman decides to devote herself to something important to her, she has decided to give her best, her passion, and her heartbeat,” Lewellen says. “This year, I wanted our membership to focus on and remember the powerful things that can happen when a woman commits to give her best ‘yes’—especially since we are beginning to plan for our centennial.”
Find out more about the Junior League of Little Rock at jllr.org.