Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina recently announced that its president, Connie Lanzl, who has led the organization for the past 10 years, will retire at the end of June.
During Lanzl’s time at JAUSC, the organization received the Peak Performance Team Award by Junior Achievement USA because of the chapter’s performance in sustaining financial and operational soundness while maintaining growth in students reached and volunteer contact hours delivered. JAUSC also earned a four-star rating from Junior Achievement USA for its focus on creating programming to meet the needs of its local school districts, employers and community organizations, such as its work with the Greenville County Schools’ Graduation Plus program, which focuses on getting kids ready for the workforce.
JAUSC works with middle schools by bringing people from the business community into the schools to share their knowledge with eighth graders and alert them to high-demand jobs in fields that the students might be interested in. When the students reach the midpoint of their school year, they meet with guidance counselors and their parents to discuss what career direction they would want to go in so their high school academic career can be generally outlined, said Lanzel.
“My 10 years at Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina have been among the happiest and most rewarding of my career,” Lanzl said. “The opportunity to know that you have had an impact on the future of children and the area you call home is an amazing gift for which I am profoundly grateful. I am particularly thankful for the team we’ve created, the close working partnerships we’ve formed with visionary school districts and donors and for the amazing JA volunteers who make all our good work possible. While I will be stepping away from the day-to-day work, I will remain a passionate supporter of JA and its mission, and I look forward to the bright future of the organization.”
“Connie is not only a well-respected and highly effective leader, but someone who thinks ahead and outside of the box,” said JAUSC board chairman Gary Bernardez. “She has accomplished so much over the course of her career, it would be difficult to point to only a few examples, but, while we will miss Connie’s vision and reassuring hand in daily matters, we know that her efforts have put our organization, our state and our children on the best possible path toward success. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for her service.”
In addition to Lanzl’s time with Junior Achievement, she served as the development director at Christ Church Episcopal School for 12 years. She also supports community organizations such as the Greenville Rotary Club and Greenville Women Giving.