Jewel Littleton

Jewel Littleton

Special Education Teacher
Birmingham, AL

LEI Class III

What is your most vivid LEI memory?

I remember riding with our advisor to participate in a week full of nothing but women. At the time, I didn’t know Suzanne but Amanda and I enjoyed our conversation all the way there. I usually take naps on road trips but this one was one I was so pumped about although I had no clue what to expect!

How did LEI change your life?

LEI changed my life by inundating me with information about politics that I would not have sought out myself. It allowed me to create and foster relationships with women of great prestige and beauty. I tapped into the leader in me and I became aware of who I am and what my strengths are. I now exude leadership qualities as member of the LEI Advisory Council, at my school and at my church.

How does your LEI experience impact you now?

My LEI experience impacts me now because I never look at a situation and feel as though I CAN’T make a difference because I’m too small or unimportant. I, instead, look at the opportunities presented and face them head-on. I just became a National Board Certified Teacher which means I subjected myself to a strenuous process to challenge my skills and talents as a teacher. The leadership skills that surfaced as a result of my LEI experience played a major role in my agreement to accept the challenge voluntarily.

Why do you think we chose you to be on the postcard?

I think I was chosen because my strong support of people and things that I love is always apparent. Therefore, I can assume that my love for LEI, its goals and the women who make it such an awesome institute, is exhibited in my volunteering and especially in how much I talk about LEI and what LEI has helped me achieve. My passion for LEI speaks loud and clear in my dedication to the women that LEI serves.

Is there anything else you would like to share about LEI?

An action project grant from LEI allowed me to start a minority scholarship fund at Samford University. Scholarships have been awarded to several minority students over the past few years and it is still growing and going strong!

In one sentence, what does LEI mean to you?

LEI discovered and developed the Jewel Littleton that God designed me to be and encouraged me to live on the edge in a manner that helps others while still pleasing Him!


Kathryn Dietrich Perreault

Kathryn Dietrich Perreault

Attorney, Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
Birmingham, AL

LEI Class I

What is your most vivid LEI memory?

One of my most vivid LEI memories was our diversity training workshop. Our workshop leaders talked about the benefit of dispelling stereotypes by speaking them out loud. We each paired up with a partner, of a different race or ethnicity, and our task was to “talk down” to each other using the stereotypes that we had heard spoken about our respective groups. It was raw. It was honest. At that moment, I became intensely aware that, although my skin color had rarely posed obstacles for me, that was not the experience of other women in the room, and in our world. It was a turning point for me.

How did LEI change your life?

LEI gave me a springboard for a successful college experience. As a college sophomore, LEI gave me confidence and motivated me to set higher goals. The Summer Institute taught me more about our state, its struggles and successes, than I had learned in any classroom. It inspired me to live and work in Alabama and give back to the place that has given me so much.

How does your LEI experience impact you now?

LEI gives me the opportunity to work with and learn from its fantastic alumnae and community leaders that continue to support LEI and its mission of empowering women to create positive change in their communities.

Why do you think we chose you to be on the postcard?

I think I was chosen because I am a graduate of Class I and the postcard announces the celebration of 10 years of LEI. And because my mom would love it – just kidding, not really!

Is there anything else you would like to share about LEI?

LEI is unique because it selects participants that aren’t necessarily the most involved women on campus. Instead, LEI looks for and develops potential to lead and effect positive change.

In one sentence, what does LEI mean to you?

Rubber Tree Plants!