Ieisha Montgomery (pictured center right), one of the Young Leaders Society’s Premier Members, gives back to her community through more than just monetary donations – she also gives her time. Read on to find out her favorite YLS volunteer project, her job analyzing different country risk scenarios and what she has to say to those considering a YLS membership.
Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role with YLS?
I joined YLS because I believe in United Way’s mission and I am dedicated to be of service to my community. I am currently a YLS Premier Member.
Tell us about that role and what some of your goals are for the remainder of this year?
Being a Premier Member involves committing to donating at least $500 to United Way each year. My goal for the remainder of the year is to participate in a couple more volunteer events.
There are so many good non-profit opportunities. What makes YLS the right option for you?
YLS obligations are flexible and work well with my schedule. Also, due to the reach of United Way, volunteer opportunities are very diverse.
Tell us about a volunteer project you have done with YLS and why these opportunities are such a great way for people to get to know YLS?
I participated in a back-to-school fair at Association House last year. It was a great opportunity to interact with the community and work with children.
What are your favorite things about YLS?
I enjoy the volunteer projects and networking events. Both are excellent opportunities to meet people while making a difference. I also enjoy the Fireside Chats with local CEOs.
What would you say to someone interested in joining YLS?
Do it! Seriously, it is a great opportunity to give back to your community and meet like-minded professionals.
What causes are most meaningful for you to support?
I am very passionate about working with youth. Our young people have so much to offer and they need people to believe in them, guide them, and help them realize their potential. Mentoring has given me some of the most rewarding moments of my life.
Tell us about your day job and what you like about it?
I’m an international economist at the Northern Trust Company and I monitor the risks in 25 countries in Asia-Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa. I really enjoy analyzing sovereigns and thinking through different country risk scenarios.
Some fun ones:
Favorite TV show? Dogs 101
Favorite book? Tie — “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “Pride and Prejudice”
Favorite movie? Tie again — “A Bronx Tale” and “Love and Basketball”
What are your iPod favorites? Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, Justin Timberlake
What are your biggest hobbies? Capoeira and basketball