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Leigh Haver
Leigh is an active and committed volunteer in the Birmingham community.  She currently serves on the boards of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, The Exceptional Foundation, and was a member of the 2020 United Way of Central Alabama campaign cabinet. Leigh is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a past president of The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) where she led the strategic discussions identifying One Place as the recipient organization to commemorate the JLB’s centennial celebration.  She also served on the YWCA junior board, Cherokee Bend Elementary PTO board, co-chaired Antiques at the Gardens benefitting Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and is a sustaining member of Children’s Arts Guild, Symphony 30, and the Junior Women’s Committee of 100. 

She currently serves as the Retail Market Manager at IBERIABANK, a division of First Horizon, providing the strategic direction and leadership for the Birmingham branch network.  Her banking career has spanned two decades where she has served as a private banking relationship manager, regional marketing and training director, and various roles in branch leadership.  She is one of 20 women from IBERIABANK selected to participate in the LEAD program, a year-long executive leadership cohort, offered by Women Unlimited, Inc.  Additionally, Leigh is a certified associate with emergenetics International which allows her to harness her passion for team building and leadership development to support organizations and individuals in their assessment of human capital. 

Leigh is a graduate of The University of Alabama.  She and her husband, Will, have two children.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I had the great privilege of serving as JLB President when the commemorative gift to One Place was vetted and determined to be one of the ways the League will celebrate its centennial. Deciding to support One Place was an easy decision in that we felt, unfortunately, the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence would be as prevalent in 2022 when the League celebrates its 100th year as they were in 2015 when our research and discussions began. The family justice center model of co-locating service providers to remove barriers was not only compelling from a business case due to the collaboration that occurs and limited the duplication of resources but especially in terms of the client service case due to the One Place approach of client-centered, trauma informed care designed to inspire hope and healing.  Once I sustained from the JLB, I joined the executive board of One Place and had the opportunity to serve as the first non-partner President of that board.  My strong connection to, passion for, and deep belief in the importance of both organizations and their community impact makes serving as a torchbearer an incredible honor. 

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
This is a long one….(as you will realize if you keep reading). Our community is one of the most giving, innovative, and philanthropic in the nation. Not only with financial resources but with time, energy, and spirit.  It is easy to want to contribute when you are surrounded with outstanding people doing amazing things.  Specifically, the Past Presidents of the JLB who carried this torch before me are women I admire and who have either formally or informally mentored me, and the thoughtful ladies I had the great fortune of serving with when the One Place decision was made.  While we did not have all the answers or know how we were going to raise the money (thankfully, Lindsey Tanner solved that), we knew the impact helping One Place secure a larger building would provide our community. Allison Dearing and all the partners officing at One Place who advocate for victims and survivors with compassion, conviction, and determination and the survivors of violence who exhibit strength, fortitude, and resolve. 

I am beyond thankful for the expectations of giving and community involvement my family instilled in and modeled for me throughout my life. Last, but undoubtedly most important, my husband and children – whose love, support, and belief in me enrich my life more deeply than I deserve and who are likely the only ones still reading this! 

 

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