The Junior League of New Orleans has been awarded the prestigious JL Award for Vision by the Association of Junior Leagues International, a charitable nonprofit organization of more than 150,000 women in 292 communities around the world.

The JL Award for Vision recognizes a Junior League that demonstrates an outstanding ability to engage in mission-based strategic thinking and planning. Only one Junior League receives this award each year, with an honorable mention being issued, as well.

JLNO received this award for its 2013-14 strategic planning process, which harnessed thousands of volunteer hours and considered and issued strategic recommendations for the organization’s future.

JLNO’s strategic planning process culminated with the adoption of an issue-based community impact model, focusing on advancing the well-being of women in metropolitan New Orleans. JLNO has spent the past year launching an updated focus area through its existing portfolio of long-standing projects, such as Safe Sitter, and new initiatives, including its Diaper Bank and Women in Entrepreneurship collaboration with Idea Village.

Jeanne Harang Boughton, JLNO 2013-14 president, whose team spearheaded the yearlong process, noted, “With this strategic road map, we look to the next 90 years as we continue to advance the well-being of women in New Orleans, as JLNO has done for the past 90 years.”

JLNO leaders accepted this award at the annual AJLI conference held recently in Los Angeles.