We are so very excited to have some wonderful women join us as members of the YWCA Board of Directors! We plan to take a few Monday’s in the next month or so to introduce them to you! Next up is Ms. Bethanie Mickles, J.D., M.L.S., QMHP-C!
Bethanie is joining us starting this Board term, and we are so glad to have her. Ms. Mickles workes for the Supreme Court of Virginia as a Magistrate Judge in the 24th Judicial District, and we know she will be a great asset to our Board and furthering our mission!
We asked each of the new members a set of questions, and here are Bethanie’s answers!
What does the YWCA mean to you?
To me, the YWCA has always been a leader in the most important social movements in history, from civil rights to voting rights to gender equality. The YWCA is a beacon of light for so many in the Lynchburg area and I greatly appreciate the agency’s tireless work on behalf of women and disadvantaged communities near and far. I also just have to add that I took my first swimming lessons as a child at the Lynchburg YWCA. It was so much fun and I have such fond memories of that!
What motivates you to give back to your community?
I am motivated to give back to my community by the satisfaction that I receive knowing that I have made a positive difference in someone else’s life. I also surround myself with service oriented women as a member of the Junior League of Lynchburg, Iota Phi Lambda, the Lynchburg Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and the Epsilon Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. I am always inspired by my fellow sisters’ dedication and commitment to being of service.
How you do empower women and/or promote diversity in your own life?
I empower women through my volunteer work with various community service organizations, such as Dress for Success and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Charlottesville. I promote diversity through my dance company, World of Dance Performing Arts Company. World of Dance is a dance company that specializes in international dance styles from Polynesian and West African dance to Indian classical and Mexican Folkloric dance. My fellow dancers and I have been blessed to be able to travel around the world, educating and entertaining audiences far and wide.
What song is your favorite empowerment jam!
“Still I Rise” by Yolanda Adams
What book has meant the most to you in your life?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by my soror, Zora Neale Hurston