JA of Greater Washington’s Sarah Dohl recognized with National “Rising Star” Award at JA USA’s National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis

Last month at the JA USA National Leadership Conference (NLC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sarah Dohl, Vice President of Communications for JA of Greater Washington was awarded the National “Rising Star” Award for outstanding impact on the organization.

The Rising Star Award, created in 2004, is given to mid-level staff members who are emerging leaders within the organization, and who demonstrate outstanding, measurable success in executing their responsibilities.

Nominations were submitted by JA local area office presidents across the country. Four award recipients were selected by a panel comprised of JA USA® executives and operations staff.

Sarah was one of only four associates from across the country honored with this award.

 Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, presenting Sarah Dohl, Vice President of Communications for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington with the Rising Star Award. 

Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA, presenting Sarah Dohl, Vice President of Communications for Junior Achievement of Greater Washington with the Rising Star Award. 

The other three recipients this year were:

·        Kristy Knecht from JA of Utah

·        Rishabh Kashyap from JA of New York

·        Taylor Vogelsang from JA of Tampa Bay 

Sarah came to JAGW with a wealth of experience, especially in the area of messaging including social media initiatives and digital strategies. Sarah has been with JA of Greater Washington for three years, and during that time she has demonstrated not only exceptional leadership and creative abilities, but she also an unwavering commitment to the success and growth of JA as both an organization and a social movement.

“Sarah leapt at the chance (to develop JA of Greater Washington’s external communications plan from scratch) and significantly enhanced the organization’s brand in the Washington region,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO, JA of Greater Washington. “From the first day she arrived, Sarah would don her thinking cap and immediately began reorganizing, rewriting, stabilizing, and strategizing.”

On accepting the award, Sarah said she wanted to give “a big thank you to Ed (Grenier) and Amy (Marcenaro)…for believing in me and my vision and letting me be creative, a little off-center, you know, with kids in capes."

JA of Greater Washington congratulates Sarah for all of her hard work and looks forward to seeing all the she can accomplish into the future.