2017 Rising Star Award Winner
Junior League of Greenville, South Carolina
If you ever want to know about effective community leadership, just ask Jessica Sharp.
Jessica’s appetite for community leadership focuses on organizations that develop the potential of women and girls and young professionals. To pick just one example, Jessica was serving on the Junior Board of the YWCA of Greenville when the Y decided to close its doors. Jessica immediately led a group of her fellow Junior Board members in creating a new organization with a similar mission called LeadHER Greenville. LeadHER Greenville is now a successful community organization dedicated to empowering young women through leadership development, outreach to the Greenville community and networking opportunities.
Jessica is also a past board member of the Urban League of the Upstate’s young professional organization, where she worked to create programs that develop and empower young professionals of color.
As a passionate volunteer, Jessica encourages her friends and family members to get involved in the community as volunteers…and she makes financial contributions to the organizations she believes in to help further their missions. And Jessica has also been recognized as an emerging leader in the Greenville community. She has not only served on the board of the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate, Jessica was a participant in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s leadership development program for young professionals.
Jessica’s appetite for leadership extends to her Junior League roles. After joining the Junior League of Greenville in 2014 Jessica was nominated for Provisional of the Year. In her first Active year, she served as a Provisional mentor and as a member of JLG’s Sponsorship Development Committee, which works to bring in cash sponsorships and magazine ads. In her second Active year, she was made chair of the committee. In her third Active year, she moved up to Fund Development Vice President, managing JLG’s fund development manager, and serves on the Personnel Committee and is a voting board member.