Durham Magazine Dec/Jan 2021

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Junior League President Paige Smith in Hill House’s music room.

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from building networking skills and preparing an elevator pitch to improving LinkedIn profiles and delegating volunteers. She branched out and chaired a new committee completely focused on mentoring, eventually landing a position on the board and continuing to formalize the program she started. She became president-elect last year and now oversees nearly 500 active and sustaining members as this year’s president. The new responsibility came naturally to Paige, who works as a special projects manager at Duke University. “This is an organization of women who care deeply about our community, about one another and about growing as leaders,” Paige says. “At the end of the day, it’s a training organization, and we train women to go out and take on advocacy issues, take on community work, because they can build those skills here and do fundraising activities for efforts they care about. We really believe in the power of collective action. As an organization, we take on a small scope, but we hope that we can spread that impact by lending women those skills. And that’s really special to me. There aren’t a lot of places that are specifically focused on building the potential of women. And everyone here really does have a good heart and wants to do that and to help one another. It’s inspiring to see today.”