Message from the President

2019-2020 JLCU President

Denise Poindexter


Denise Poindexter, President of JLCU It​ ​is​ ​with​ ​a​ ​great​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​making​ ​Champaign-Urbana a better community for all to live, learn and grow that​ ​I​ am excited to serve as the President of the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana (JLCU) for 2019-2020. ​I am committed​ ​to​ ​establishing​ ​healthy​ ​collaborative​ ​relationships, ​​empowering women, and engaging in the community as we continue the legacy we have established in our community.  

Approximately nine years ago when I initially moved to Champaign, I made a conscious decision to join JLCU to meet dynamic, like-minded women who share the common goal of volunteering in the local community. I witnessed first-hand this was an organization dedicated to the development of women becoming better leaders, visionaries and change agents of tomorrow.

Serving as President of JLCU is a huge responsibility that requires a person who is focused, invested and capable of evolving the organization to one of the most effective women’s organizations in our community. My original trajectory did not include this specific position as an aspiration; however, after serving in the organization in different leadership roles, I was equipped with the leadership skills and knowledge needed to lead this organization to increase our community’s visibility and impact, encourage and empower our volunteers and enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts in our membership, partnerships and sponsorships.

My leadership style embraces the capability to inspire others to maximize their full potential and make sure their voices are heard, valued and important. This is essential to advance our mission as an amazing organization that I love and is filled with many women who can lead. I fully support the work we do in the local community because I know the intent and see the impact.

I am thrilled about this opportunity to work with the most amazing group of women and I would love for you to join me on this journey. Explore our website and follow us on our social media Facebook and Instagram sites. I also will tweet about my journey as the first Black president of JLCU; you can follow me @jlcupresident.


Let’s do this together!

Denise Renee