How the Junior League of Dallas Became a Leadership Proving Ground

Membership in the 93-year-old organization is one thing many of the area’s most powerful female executives have in common.
BY GLENN HUNTER

Melissa Reiff, president and chief operating officer of the Container Store, learned so much about communicating from this 93-year-old Dallas organization, she wound up adding “communication” to the retail chain’s founding principles. Debbie Taylor, director of U.S. Markets for Citi Community Development, says the venerable organization taught her the keys to running effective meetings. And Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, says she learned from the group about the power of developing long-term relationships in the corporate world.

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