Meet Jessica and Alex. Jessica and Alex met one another 5 years ago while serving on the YALA (Young Adults of Los Angeles) Board through the Jewish Federation. They became best friends and share a passion for the Jewish community and creating accessible spaces for their peers to engage in Jewish life. Since leaving the YALA board they have looked for new opportunities to share their talents with the community. Jessica is a lawyer and Alex is an entrepreneur.
Last week, over dinner, Alex and Jessica discussed the email they received from UpStart inviting them to an upcoming parlor meeting in Beverly Hills. They are excited to see other former YALA Board members there and reconnect with Jocelyn. Neither of them have ever been to a parlor meeting before and are looking forward to networking at the event and the promise of an opportunity to get involved in UpStart which they've heard is doing awesome things.
Jessica and Alex have the best time at the UpStart Parlor Meeting. They are surprised by the number of people there and the engaging conversation they participated in. They had an opportunity to imagine what the future of the LA community could look like in 10 years and can see themselves as being part of the process to make these changes a reality. Furthermore, they are excited about the work that UpStart is doing and looking forward to getting involved.
During the UpStart Parlor meeting, Jessica and Alex hear Jocelyn share about ways to get involved in with UpStart and are inspired to join the UpStart giving circle that is focused on leveraging participants time, talents, and treasures to help support the LA community. They are excited that the focus of this opportunity is on "doing" and not just writing a check.
Jessica and Alex were thrilled to see how many people at the Parlor Meeting shared that they would be contributing to UpStart. They can't believe that they raised 50K in one evening and were excited to have access to some really connected and talented people at the event.
A few weeks after the Parlor Meeting, Alex and Jessica attend their first giving circle meeting. They are blown away by the experience and already have a clear idea of how they will be able to both support UpStart and the leaders in the UpStart network. They feel that they are being tapped to be "doers" again and can imagine the path ahead to making the future they discuss at the Parlor Meeting a reality. They are also excited about who is in the circle with them.