Eileen Jackson, 2016-2017 Chair of the United Way Young Leaders Society and attorney at Williams Mullen, takes your questions and shares why she chooses to LIVE UNITED with the United Way Young Leaders Society.
Question: What made you want to become involved with United Way? How long have you been a member of United Way Young Leaders Society? When I moved back to Richmond, I wanted to find a way to contribute to the community. I was drawn to United Way’s holistic, team-oriented approach to tackling problems. United Way Young Leaders Society offered a unique opportunity to be part of a group of young professionals, who have stepped up to say that they care about this community and want to learn, lead and unite with United Way to have the greatest impact. I have been a member of United Way Young Leaders Society since its kick-off event in 2015.
Fill in the blank: “If you really knew me, you’d know ____.” I love to craft and bake, especially at Christmas.
When are you the happiest? I am the happiest when surrounded by family and my black goldendoodle, Barkley.
What is your favorite locally-owned establishment in our region and why? Stella’s Restaurant. We live in the neighborhood around Stella’s, and it is our favorite place to walk to for dinner. I love the sense of community that greets you at the door.
As Chair of United Way Young Leaders, what you are looking forward to this year? I am very excited about Young Leaders Society supporting the development of community leaders through the Mentorship Pilot Program. The Mentorship Pilot Program is an opportunity for Young Leaders and established community leaders serving on the United Way Board to engage in conversations on how to have a positive impact in the community. We are very appreciate of the support of United Way’s board and our first two mentors, Bob Blake and Bill Weber.