Soroptimist Announces Iesha Brown as New Senior Director of Membership and Leadership Development

Will help global organization grow membership to increase programmatic impact

November 1, 2017
Contact: Darlene Friedman, Senior Director of Marketing Communications,

Philadelphia, PA —Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global volunteer organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, welcomes Iesha Brown as its new senior director of membership and leadership development.

In this position, Brown is responsible for setting and implementing the strategic direction for member recruitment/retention and leadership development. "I’m excited to join an organization with such a powerful mission," commented Brown. "I look forward to contributing to Soroptimist’s work so we can achieve future goals and help write the next chapter in our 96-year history."

Brown comes to Soroptimist with a diverse professional background in association and volunteer management. She previously owned her own association management consulting firm, and prior to that served as the director of chapter development and membership for The Institutes—a risk and insurance knowledge group. During her tenure, she was responsible for managing the relationship with 130 global chapters, defining and implementing membership recruitment and retention strategies, and managing volunteer development and relationships.

"We are pleased to welcome Iesha in her new role with Soroptimist," said Soroptimist’s Executive Director & CEO Elizabeth M. Lucas, CAE, MBA. "Her diverse background and experiences with other large membership organizations will bring new energy to our efforts. She will be invaluable in helping us maintain a strong, engaged and thriving membership. We look forward to the strategic membership direction Iesha will provide as Soroptimist works to increase our impact on the lives of disadvantaged women and girls."

Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that economically improves the lives of disadvantaged women and girls. Soroptimist envisions a world where women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. More than 110,000 members and supporters in 21 countries and territories invest in the dreams of women and girls through access to education. Soroptimist’s signature program, Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, has disbursed more than $30 million to 30,000 women since 1972. Its newest program, Dream It, Be It, targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. To date, 20,000 girls have benefited from the program. Soroptimist also powers, its online community that provides on- and offline opportunities for volunteer action in support of women and girls.


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