by Carolyn Meade
Jhaymee Heinlein joined Women’s Impact Fund in May of 2016 and currently serves on three committees – grants, finance and strategic planning. According to Jhaymee, doing so seemed like the “best way to learn about the organization, see the impact we have and meet people.” Jhaymee moved to Charlotte in 2015 to take on her current role as Strategy Director at Carolinas Healthcare System and the Levine Children’s Hospital where she provides in-house strategy consulting focusing on pediatrics and cancer care. Although a pro when it comes to moving around (her father was in the Air Force, and the family moved frequently), she’d worked for Deloitte Healthcare Consulting for six years and was looking for a job just as exciting but with less travel. She pulled me in with her open smile – and held me with her intelligence and her stories. Here are just a few of her responses to the questions I posed to her over coffee in February.
What have you learned about Charlotte through your involvement with Women’s Impact Fund? As I’ve driven around to nonprofits in the area, whether professionally or as part of the site visits we’ve done through the Grants Committee, I’ve first become aware of just how many nonprofits are here and, more importantly, how much many of them have done in the relatively short period of time that they’ve been around.
What would you tell a friend or colleague who was thinking about joining Women’s Impact Fund? If you have a passion for the community and for leadership, if you want to be able to see how you’ve had an impact in the community, this is a great organization for you. In addition, Women’s Impact Fund is a network of very accomplished women who are well-connected both personally and professionally. I believe being a member is one of the best ways to learn what Charlotte’s women leaders are doing.
What’s the best advice you ever received? One of my former mentors had some very good advice for me at a time when he knew I was anxious to advance in my career: Spend less time auditioning for the job you want. Make sure you are doing your current job well.
What person has had the biggest impact on your life? My mother. She was a nurse, and a lot of people say I look like her, although her real legacy to me was as a role model. She loved to talk about her work and share the impact she had on her patients. She instilled in me the principles of compassion, caring and a commitment to people. Moreover, she initially stayed home with me and my brother and sister, but then had the drive to go back to school to get her nursing degree. That drive is something I admire and emulate.
If you could take a class on anything from anyone, what would it be and who would the teacher be? I’d take a cooking class from Ina Garten (the “Barefoot Contessa”). I have all of her cookbooks – and would be happy to cook anything she selected even though breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.
What would people be surprised to learn about you? I grew up in Italy. My father was stationed in Northern Italy from the time I was 10 until I was 13 and, unlike a lot of military families, we lived in the community instead of on base. It was an amazing time and led to my love of travel.
Where have you never traveled, but would love to visit? Australia or South Africa/Africa.
When or where do you get your best ideas? In the morning, when I’m making coffee. Everyone is asleep; it’s a good quiet time to think and reflect.
What is your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? A Panthers Game!
I live in Belmont, so if we go out to eat there, I take them to The String Bean, a local farm to table spot.
What is the best news you’ve ever received? When my younger sister got pregnant in her early 20’s and called to tell me that she was having a little girl. She had always wanted to have children. For me, as an aunt, I get all the perks of a little girl without the rest of the challenges of parenting!
What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up? Thursday night shows. I watch Grey’s Anatomy and 2 others which the stations play back to back.