Suzanne E. Manning Appointed NYJL President
Suzanne E. Manning has been selected by the Nominating committee and confirmed by vote of the membership to become the 57th President of the NYJL. She will begin her two-year term on July 1.
Ms. Manning was formally introduced as incoming President at the NYJL Annual Meeting on June 9 at P.S 6 in Manhattan. Several NYJL Past Presidents were also present for the passing of the gavel ceremony that officially inducted Ms. Manning into her new role (see photo).
“Suzanne is eminently qualified to be President, and has the depth and breadth we need from our next leader,” says NYJL Past President Lisa Hathaway Stella. “I have had the privilege of working alongside her in many different capacities and have found her leadership style to be one of inclusion, integrity, and transparency.”
Ms. Manning’s involvement with the organization spans an impressive 18 years, during which she served in notable positions at two different Junior Leagues. Born in Salt Lake City, she graduated from the University of Utah and from the Seattle University School of Law where she received a JD degree. In 2001, after excelling on the Junior League of Seattle’s largest fundraising committee, a career move brought her to New York City. One of the very first items on her agenda at that time was to transfer to the NYJL, where she could continue her passion for and dedication to community service.
Known as a collaborative and congenial leader, Ms. Manning brings a wealth of experience to her role as President. She has co-chaired both the Provisional Training and Transfers committees, where she educated and acclimated the NYJL’s newest volunteers. She then advanced to higher leadership roles, first as Volunteer Development Council Head on the Management Council and most recently, as Executive Vice President on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. She also served on the Strategic Planning Board Committee for three years. This past year she enhanced her experiences, serving on both the Food & Beverage and 115th Anniversary Planning Work Groups and on the Financial Literacy committee. She was honored as a Woman to Watch in 2008 and as an Outstanding Volunteer in 2011.
Professionally, Ms. Manning has 14 years of recruiting experience. Currently, she is a Principal at Capstone Partnership, an executive search firm in Manhattan, where she specializes in legal recruiting for Fortune 500 and private companies.
“Suzanne can maintain the unique balance of respecting the importance of tradition, while also knowing when change equates to progress,” notes Hathaway Stella. “We are so very lucky to have her at the helm.”
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“Suzanne’s warmth, approachability and talent of moving volunteers towards a common goal are exceptional – and her infectious enthusiasm certainly doesn’t hurt either! Somehow, Suzanne makes it all look very easy, even though the reality can be quite opposite. She truly exemplifies the NYJL mission.”
Elizabeth Baggs, Personal Empowerment Project Co-Chair
“As my Provisional leader, Suzanne set the tone from Day One of what it means to be a volunteer. She laid such a positive foundation and showed how multidimensional our organization is, and how deep and rich the volunteer experience could– and should — be. She is an advocate for development, a champion for our work in the community and committed to retaining outstanding women who will continue to fulfill our mission.”
Lauren Giordani, Fundraising Events Council Head
“I vividly recall the speech that Suzanne gave to our Provisional group. She was personable, poised, incredibly well spoken. I was inspired by her words and remember being even more eager to become a volunteer. Since then, we have worked together on numerous projects for the Winter Ball and many other NYJL events. Time and again, she has consistently displayed the same enthusiasm and kindness she showed when I first heard her speak. Her energy is electric and inspires me to work hard but to also have fun while doing so.”
Kristen Kocis, Winter Ball Co-Chair
“I met Suzanne in 2006 when she was on the Transfers committee and I was new to New York. She not only welcomed me to the NYJL, but to the city as well! Since then, she has been a mentor, directly impacting my development by encouraging me to volunteer in different areas, from community to fundraising. I know I am a better volunteer because of her.”
Joan Pedley, Volunteer Training and Leadership Co-Chair
“This year I had the pleasure of working with Suzanne on the 115th Anniversary Planning Work Group. When I transferred to the NYJL in 2011, she was one of the first people to have an engaging and impactful conversation with me around my future. It made me feel inspired and created a drive to stay connected to the League – even as I shifted to a Sustainer role.”
Danielle Krause, Sustainer
“As her former co-chair on Provisional Training, I remember Suzanne being such an upbeat and motivating force, someone who was quick to make sure that everyone knew each other and felt included in everything. She has trained hundreds of new volunteers – and years later, has developed lasting friendships with so many of these women, empowering them to find their true passion in the NYJL.”
Gretchen Jeanes, Sustainer
“Suzanne has always been there for me – whether it’s advice about the NYJL or just life in general. She made me feel very much a part of things, when I joined a new committee after starting a very demanding new job. She is so inclusive and positive and her energy radiates. I know she has impacted so many lives, inside the NYJL and out, and cannot wait to see what she does as President!”
Colleen Hoy, Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse Co-Chair
“I began working with Suzanne seven years ago when she led the Transfers Committee. She was deeply devoted to the NYJL then, and her commitment has only strengthened over the years. She is concerned about both our present and future, and I have no doubt she will have great ideas that will contribute to our legacy of being a committed partner to the community.”
Lisa Sanders, Sustainer
“Suzanne was the Provisional Training co-chair when I first joined the NYJL. I was always amazed that she remembered my name, among a hundred or so other Provisionals! Last year, I was lucky enough to work with Suzanne when she was Executive Vice President of the Management Council. She is well spoken, super organized and inspires me to lead through camaraderie and collaboration.”
Sara Burke, Children’s Education Council Head
“Suzanne is both a natural and nurturing leader. Her exceptional knowledge and dedication have been such a wonderful sounding board for my own development. We are truly blessed to have such a capable and caring President paving the NYJL’s way.”
Leigh Morbey, Personal Empowerment Project Co-Chair