Hayden Ellison has been an active member of the Junior League of Columbia for five years. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a Paralegal degree from Midlands Tech. She is from Greenville, SC and a strong supporter of the Gamecocks… most of the time. Hayden is a Client Associate for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.
Why did you join the League?
I grew up in Greenville but have family in Columbia and have always been involved with League events and people that are/have been in the League. I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of and a great way to meet new people.
What was your favorite placement in the Junior League of Columbia?
I have done Holiday Market committees the past four years and absolutely love it because of the holiday spirit and the girls I have become so close with! However, I have to say my most memorable was being involved with Winston’s Wish for my Provisional Project. I learned things that year and met people who help with Autism that impacted me in a major way and I will always be interested in helping children with Autism because of it.
What’s your favorite League memory?
Every year starting off the holiday season with Holiday Market. It gets me in the spirit and is such a fun time.
What is something important life has taught you?
Don’t waste time worrying about what others will think of you, do what makes you feel good about yourself.
Who has been a role model for you?
My mom. She has always been there for me, led me in the right direction and given me the confidence I needed to accomplish my goals.
What quality do you admire in others? Why?
Confidence. It takes a lot in this society to be fully confident in yourself and I admire those who continue to keep their confidence throughout.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer. Hands down knew I was going to be and always wanted to be. It’s so funny how much you change after college!
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Dance recitals. Even though I never made it to the front row, I couldn’t wait to get on that stage!
What are your hobbies?
Barre3 Columbia, happy hour with girlfriends, cooking
What is your favorite quote?
“Glamour is something more than what you put on your body. It has to do with the way you carry yourself and the impact you have on others.” –Tom Ford
How do you think the JLC has changed most since you joined as a member? Is there anything else you want to say to your League members and the community?
Since I joined, the League has continued to grow and grow and I think that’s great. The more women we have involved in the League means more lives in the community we have changed and I don’t think there could ever be too much of that!