Julie Schneekloth is this year's chair of Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI). Read more about her connection to WLI and our community below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for fun?
I have lived in the Cedar Rapids area most of my life. I attended Jefferson High School and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a double major in education. I have been in the corporate training world most of my career. My husband of 23 years, Terry, teaches math at Jefferson High School and our daughter, Lucy, is a junior at Iowa State University. I enjoy reading, attending sporting events with my husband, and spending time with my family.
What’s something unique that people don’t know about you?
I am a volunteer for the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
What causes are you most passionate about?
Women’s and children’s health issues and education.
Why did you decide to get involved with United Way and WLI?
I donated to WLI after hearing a presentation at UFG Insurance about how WLI funds work for the community. A few years later, a friend approached me to see if I was interested in becoming part of the steering committee. After talking with her, I thought it would be a great opportunity to work on making Cedar Rapids a better place. Now, I really look forward to our meetings and working on the advocate committee planning WLI events. The group of women involved with WLI have a passion for helping and making a difference; it's something I am honored to be part of.
Do you have any advice for others who want to be more active in the community?
Stop using “I am too busy” as an excuse; we are all too busy. I used that as an excuse, but I have discovered how to make time to participate in WLI. Just take the leap and make it happen. You will be happy you did.