President's Message


1. What is the Junior League? Share what the group does and what its mission is.

Junior League of Indianapolis is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Junior League welcomes all women who value our Mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations and communities.

2. Tell us a little about yourself. When did you get involved in the Junior League and why?

I am originally from Huntington, Indiana. I moved to the Indianapolis area after graduating from Purdue University, and have been here ever since. I also earned a Master’s of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and earned a Green Belt in Six Sigma from Purdue University School of Engineering.

I decided to join the Junior League of Indianapolis after earning my Masters. I was looking for a way to get involved in the community and meet other women who are also interested in making a community impact. I
welcomed the idea of joining an organization that focused on training women to be leaders in the community- this organization was for me! The women of the League are an inspiration for me! Our League is composed of very strong women who have leading careers, lovely families and are catalysts of positive change in our community.

3. What are some of the initiatives Junior League is working on?

The Junior League of Indianapolis is a network of empowered female civic leaders working with community partners to address issues aligned to our vison of being a catalyst for lasting change in the lives of children and their families in our community. More specifically, we’ve been focused on preparing students for academic success.

We’re part of an international network of 291 Leagues comprised of over 150,000 women, in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., engaged in similar work in their own communities. This provides us with a unique and
powerful depth of knowledge and resourcefulness to bring about the changes we strive to accomplish.

4. What are your plans and goals for your term as president?

Our commitment has remained unwavering: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs
and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think. The Junior League of Indianapolis celebrates all women who make a positive impact in our community. We want to continue to encourage, support and recognize our outstanding members and leaders and in tandem grow our community impact.

5. What is your favorite part about being involved in Junior League? Why should someone consider joining?

The Junior League, one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, has matured and evolved since it was founded by social activism pioneer Mary Harriman in 1901. True to their
legacy, today’s League members are at the forefront of tackling society’s thorniest issues—addressing and acting as advocates on an array of critical issues including human trafficking, foster care, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, cybercrimes, literacy and the environment, among others—for the express purpose of enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of our society. Junior League of Indianapolis celebrates 97 years of making an impact in the Indianapolis community, and I invite you to be part of the many years of impact to come!

Stacy Payne Miller
President 2017-2019
Junior League of Indianapolis