Posted by Jodi Erickson on Jun 20, 2017
The Junior League of Saint Paul (JLSP) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.  For 100 years, JLSP has retained a rich tradition of serving the greater Saint Paul community.  Established in 1917 by Saint Paul native, Elizabeth Ames Jackson, JLSP was the 19th Junior League created (of today more than 270 leagues in 4 countries) following the inception of the first Junior League in New York City. 
The Junior League of Saint Paul has engaged in community projects across many areas including the founding of Keystone Community Services, Lifetrack Resources, and the Children’s Hospital Association.   The League has tackled issues including domestic violence, shaken baby syndrome, and today both food insecurity and sex trafficking.  The Junior League model is unique and is the training and launching pad from which many St. Paul women have gotten their start in community leadership.  As founder Elizabeth Ames Jackson said at the 50th anniversary of the League, “we all muddled through and came out far more useful and experienced for it all.  So the Junior League and St. Paul gained in the long run.
Jill Skogheim is the president of JBJ Dining, Inc. dba 5-8 Club, a restaurant group most widely known for its juicy lucy burger and subsequent appearance on the Travel Channel's Man v Food.  The restaurant group has locations in Minneapolis, Maplewood, Champlin and West St. Paul. During her tenure with the 5-8 restaurant group, she has been responsible for expanding the concept from its original location to its 4 current stores as well as overseeing the marketing, accounting, and operations for the business.  Jill received a BA in Economics from DePauw University, magna cum laude and holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  In 2010, she was named to Finance & Commerce's annual Top Women in Finance list and in 2012 she was named the Minnesota Restaurant Association's legislative advocate of the year.  She received the Northstar Council's Spurgeon Award in 2014, awarded for the demonstration of excellence in one's career field and service as a role model for youth, and was named to the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2015.  She is the 2017 president of the Minnesota Restaurant Association and the 2015-2017 president of the Junior League of Saint Paul.  Additionally, Jill serves on the Dakota County Chamber Board of Directors, the Saint Paul Chamber Foundation board, and the Saint Paul Chamber Political Action Committee.  She enjoys downhill skiing, Gopher basketball, golf and, traveling in her spare time.  She lives in the Saint Paul area with her Miniature Schnauzer, Lucy.  Jill can be reached at jill@5-8club.com or @jillskogheim on Twitter.
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