This week we meet Tina Strack, JCI London President 2007 and one of our newest senators.
Why did you join JCI? I joined JCI because a friend from Uni was a member and told me about it. He and I were both members of fraternities at University and he explained it to me as being quite similar so I thought it would be a great way to meet people while developing my leadership skills.
What is the most interesting JCI event you’ve been to and why? Probably European Conference in 2007. I have never been around so many interesting, friendly people in my life. I remember that you could walk up to any person and just start chatting with them. I highly, highly recommend attending one of these.
What do you enjoy most about being a JCI member? For me, its always been about the people. I have met such lovely people through my time at JCI – people who interest me, who support me, who challenge me, who make me laugh and most importantly, who I enjoy spending time with.
Is there anything you have done as a JCI member that you never would have thought possible before you joined? For me it would be taking on a leadership role. I’ve been involved with membership organisations all my life – student government, my sorority, clubs at University – and I never really had the courage to take on a leadership role until JCI. For me that aspect of JCI has always been such a strength of the organisation – it gives you a safe place to spread your wings and try things that you might not be able to do in work life. I still can’t quite believe that I’ve managed to be President of two chambers.
What does becoming a senator mean to you? Its still a shock! But its such an honour and most importantly means that I will have a connection to this organisation and its amazing people forever. The funny thing is that on the evening I received my senatorship I had been telling Sarah how difficult it is when you hit 40 and you need to “let go” of JCI. This means I don’t have to! I’m really humbled that JCI London felt I deserved this recognition – THANK YOU!
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith