Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour is proud to announce Amanda Beights as the first Ooh La La Legacy Lady for the 2018 season. Amanda is the vice president of the Leadership Collier Foundation and an active volunteer in the community.
As Vice President of the Leadership Collier Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Amanda manages the Foundation’s programs, including: Leadership Collier™, Youth Leadership Collier™, Growing Associates In Naples™ (GAIN™), the Emerging Leadership Council and Campaign for Leadership™. Additionally, she administers the Foundation’s Alumni Association, comprised of over 1,500 graduates to date; acting as the primary programs director and liaison for the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The Leadership Collier™ program educates and engages our top county leaders with civic opportunities. Leadership Collier™ was formed by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce in 1988 to develop a network of informed citizens prepared to assume leadership roles in our community. The objective of Leadership Collier is to educate local business leaders about the societal and economic challenges facing the community today.
Amanda is an experienced educator who earned her BS from Ohio University and her MA Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to her current position with Leadership Collier, her 10 years of teaching experience included such leadership roles as: Dean of Early Childhood Education and Master In-Service Coordinator with Royal Palm Academy in Naples, Florida; Lead Teacher at St. James Lutheran School in Chicago, Illinois; and member of the Core Leadership Team at the Catherine Cook School in Chicago, Illinois.”
“I’m passionate about strengthening the critical connections in Collier County that lead to community betterment,” says Beights. “I am also proud of the expansion of our Youth Leadership Collier program; we’re committed to supporting our county and the region’s high school and college students with meaningful work based learning. Turning our dreams of expanding our work with youth into reality is incredibly exciting.”
Amanda enjoys volunteering and serves on the Collier Child Care Resources Advisory Board, Blue Zones Community Engagement Committee, Grace Lutheran Preschool School Board, and the Naples Historical Society’s Young Executive Society. She is also is very involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the past, Amanda volunteered at PAWS No Kill Humane Shelter in Chicago, served on the St. Luke Lutheran School Board of Education, was Golden Halo Award nominee, and featured in a national Sprint commercial in 2011 for educational technology. Most recently, Amanda was recognized as one of Gulfshore Business’ 40 Under 40, and Naples Illustrated “Rising Star.
Immediately following Hurricane Irma’s destruction, she organized volunteers to assist others in need. She pulled together neighbors and strangers to volunteer their time, talents and treasures in assisting others. Her list, which was constantly updated, was used by local media as a conduit to disperse more volunteers and supplies.
Six local women have been chosen to represent the community as part of the Legacy Lady recognition program this year; they will be showcased through June 2018. The Legacy Lady program was created to celebrate local women who leave a lasting legacy in the community. The recognition program was designed by sisters and co-owners Amy Turner and Tammy Turner Kipp, as a result of the amazing outcome they had from their previous program in 2016, the Ooh La La Ladies.
“We’re excited to have Amanda as our first Legacy Lady of 2018,” said Amy Turner. “She’s a young professional that is leaving a legacy already in our community.” Tammy Turner Kipp added, “We can’t wait to see what else she accomplishes. She truly embodies a lady leaving a legacy.”
Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour offers attractively priced unique jewelry, handbags, souvenirs, gifts and accessories. The boutique constantly adds new items and receives many identical pieces as the fine department stores, at a fraction of the price. Ooh La La Jewels Du Jour is located at 900 Neapolitan Way in Naples.
For more information, call (239) 434-9700 or visit www.oohlalanaples.com. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.