NYJL’s Personal Advancement & Leadership (PAL) Committee Inspires Young Women to Dream Big with Career Day 2022

On April 30, the New York Junior League’s Personal Advancement & Leadership (PAL) committee had the honor of hosting Career Day 2022, an event designed to introduce young, female New Yorkers to a myriad of potential career and service paths following high school graduation. This year, 45 young ladies attended Career Day at the Astor House, taking part in workshops, networking opportunities and an entrepreneur panel – all which are designed and executed by NYJL members to help them envision a brighter, broader roadmap for their future. 

“For me, Career Day is one of the best days to be a NYJL volunteer,” said Mallory O’Connell, Community Senior Council Head at the NYJL, “To experience the Astor House filled with young women from across New York City is so special. The excitement, hope, and gratitude is contagious.” This year, Career Day is particularly special, after returning after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. 

The thirty-five NYJL volunteers that were present were thrilled to open their hearts, doors and networks to the young women, after working with NYJL Community Partners, SCAN and Union Settlement, to recruit guests to attend. Career Days offers a unique opportunity for a multi-generational cohort of women to come together and lift each other up by sharing inspiring stories of women from all different backgrounds on their career journeys.

It’s also worth noting that the PAL committee’s work is not limited to this one day a year. Rather, the committee works to offer programming around career development, job skills and post-high school planning year-round. 

As an organization with thousands of distinct members, it’s no secret to the NYJL that the paths women can choose to take are limitless. And this Career Day, NYJL volunteers are thrilled to broadcast that message to young women from across the city.