Kathryn Janowiak, Loyola Marymount, currently serves Tri Delta as alumnae chapter president for the North Dallas Area, Texas, Alumnae Chapter. In her role, Kathryn leads unselfishly and renders willing service to the chapter’s 70+ members to ensure each sister has a meaningful lifetime experience.
Prior to serving as president, Kathryn was secretary for the chapter and has also served in a variety of roles to support the North Dallas Area annual philanthropy event Cookies & Castles Frisco, which benefits Scottish Rite for Children and Tri Delta’s Foundation.
A California native, Kathryn moved to Dallas in 2017 with her husband. Reflecting on that time in her life, she shared, “One of the first things I did was reach out to my local alumnae chapter since I didn’t know anyone in the area.”
In addition to her professional work in corporate insurance and risk management and volunteering for Tri Delta, Kathryn’s kindness also extends to the ALS Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters and a local animal shelter, where she offers additional time and talent in service to others.
Kathryn shared the following about her volunteer experience:
What made you want to volunteer with Tri Delta?
In full transparency, I was hesitant to start a volunteer role as I have a lot on my plate, but I just could not say no to my friend and fellow sister! After dipping my toes into the alumnae chapter, I then took it upon myself to further develop the role I was given and expand my involvement among a group of women who welcomed me with open arms when I first moved to the area. The phrase, “the office seeks the member” has continuously stood out to me throughout my volunteer experiences.
What has been your favorite experience as a volunteer?
My favorite experience was when I attended my first Volunteer Leadership Conference (VLC) in 2019. It was eye-opening to be around women that give their time to Tri Delta, to feel their passion and be able to talk, network and problem solve together. The conference was a turning point for me and had me wanting to take on more within my chapter. I left that weekend feeling reconnected to my sisterhood, empowered and full of ideas! My passion for Tri Delta and confidence in my capabilities grew immensely and I cannot wait for the next VLC!
What skills has your volunteer role helped you develop?
My volunteer roles have helped in many areas of my life, but the biggest difference I see is the confidence I have in myself and my capabilities. I used to second guess myself a lot more and had trouble speaking up for myself. I now feel more confident as a leader and find myself wanting to empower those around me and not let them doubt themselves. I have also learned how to communicate more effectively with people who have varying styles of communication. Realizing that not everyone thinks and works like I do was a hurdle to overcome, but I feel like I can better relate with others in a way that allows both of our needs to be met while simultaneously enhancing the project at hand. I have inspiring mentors and peers that I continuously learn from.