You can find evidence of this year’s Alumni Community Service Leadership Award recipient’s involvement throughout the community. Emily has been a board member of the League of Women Voters of McLean County since 2013 and currently serves as the League’s president. The local chapter of the League of Women Voters is one of the largest in the state and aims to inform all voters of issues the community faces. She currently serves as the director of university outreach for the Association of Talent Development – Heart of Central Illinois Chapter, which seeks to enhance the impact of organizations in central Illinois by providing members with education, training, and networking opportunities.
Emily was a volunteer and board member for Crossroads Handcrafts of the World from 2011 to 2016 and was instrumental in the planning and outreach work required to make Crossroads a well known nonprofit in McLean County. Shortly after that, Emily worked with Green Top Grocery Cooperative from 2015-2017 and helped to establish Green Top as one of the first co-ops in the area. Emily served on the board of directors of For a Better Tomorrow (FBT), an organization that provides assistance to local and global non-profits, from 2015-2017. She was instrumental in the creation of Youth Global Citizen, a program run by FBT that teaches young adults leadership skills as well as the importance of service and philanthropy. Despite all of her involvement in various service organizations, Emily still finds the time to help out at Kite Fest, an annual fundraiser run by FBT.
Emily Vigneri is a graduate of the Class of 2013 and served as a facilitator for the Class of 2014, where she was able to inspire the participants with her selfless desire to serve others. She is also a member of the facilitation committee, which allows her to continue to positively impact the participants of MCLP by providing current and future class facilitators with support, guidance, and structure. She was nominated by Tejas Jani, also a MCLP alum, who cites her as the reason he became a class facilitator and got involved in the community, “She inspires wherever she goes and provides an excellent living example on how to best serve as a servant leader.”
Emily Vigneri will be honored for her work in the community at the Class of 2018 graduation, which will be held at 7 p.m. April 28th. Reservations are $50 each and can be made here.