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Ivy Watson attended Birmingham Southern College where she received her B.A. in International Studies with a focus on Latin America. In 1999, Ivy began working at UAB and has been there for over 20 years. Her career started as an Events Specialist, then Director of Development for the School of Nursing, to her current role as Director of The Friends and Family Program. On behalf of the senior administration of UAB, she assists patients and their families in the hospital and clinics to help provide the best possible patient experience.

Ivy has served on the junior boards of Childcare Resources, The Alys Stephens Center, UAB School of Nursing Board of Visitors, and Children’s Aid Society of Alabama; and she was a member of the Junior League of Birmingham.

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
A few years ago, I took some time away from serving on boards and doing volunteer work, and I see this as a great way to reengage with a committee that impacts our community for the better. When Leila Watson asked me to serve as a Torchbearer, I immediately accepted, as domestic violence and sexual abuse are two issues I feel passionately about. I can’t think of a better way to devote my time and effort than assisting the JLB in raising funds for One Place. The JLB has done so much to empower and better the lives of underprivileged women and children.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
My grandmother went to nursing school after my grandfather died, and she became a nurse at the age of 57. She worked 13 years until retirement.  The level of care and love her patients received went above expectations. My grandmother was a great inspiration for me. She instilled in me a passion for caring and having empathy for others. The women I know who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault inspire me to be a Light in our community. One Place helps victims discover their sense of self-worth and find the strength to move forward. These women are champions and their success stories serve as learning tools for other victims.



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