Member Spotlight

Ruby Powell – Dennis

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Meet our featured member, Ruby!


Congratulations on being honored as one of MBJ’s Top 40 under Forty!  How has your membership in the Junior League of Memphis contributed to your career success?

Thank you so much for your kind words.  The JLM contributed to my career success by giving members the space to launch affinity groups. As a result, I launched our Women of Color Affinity group. Through this incredible group of 100 women, we have formed a strong network of leaders that regularly convene to discuss everything from leadership challenges to life success.

Also, through the JLM, I have increased my professional connections across the city.


What is your favorite placement?

Nominations Committee!  My chairwoman was wonderful and the committee consisted of so many women with so much knowledge and leadership. I am really proud of the work we did to give the organization the best leadership slate possible.


Why did you get involved in the JLM?

To make friends and to volunteer. I relocated to Memphis from Denver, Colorado. Being in the Junior League was something I knew I wanted to do eventually, but prior to moving here, my work schedule was just too busy to fit it in. Memphis was the perfect place for me to join.


What have you learned from being a member of the JLM?

That you can elevate your leadership “brand” in the organization and in our city by stepping up when there is a need, having high expectations for the work you do on behalf of the organization internally and in the community, and that how well you treat other women in the JLM can open doors for you outside the JLM.


What advice do you have for other members about choosing a meaningful placement?

Ask around about the experiences other women have had serving in that placement so you know what it takes to be successful. Just because something is challenging doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it. You might be exactly the right person to help make things go from good to great! If it is not right for you, that is okay. Talk to the Placement Chair because there are so many ways a woman can serve.


What’s been your favorite GMM location and/or speaker?

I really like the Levitt Shell. Something about being outdoors, the women, the food trucks, and just being able to sit on your favorite blanket or lawn chair and listen to a great speaker.


What is your occupation?

Director of Outreach


Who has inspired you in your career/field?

My mother. She loves to reach out, connect people with each other, and volunteer in the community. I inherited her passion for service.


What is your favorite Memphis restaurant?

Maciel’s Tacos Downtown. They know me. They are my peeps.


Who’s your favorite sports team?

Florida Gators. Always.


What is your favorite quote?

I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.~ Audre Lorde


What is the last book you read and would recommend?

If Audio-Books count….Jenifer Lewis’s “The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir”.   If not, Neil DeGrasse Tyson “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry”.