On Monday, February 23, Houston City Council Member Ellen Cohen inspired the nearly 100 attendees of the 15th Annual Community Collaborations event hosted at the Junior League of Houston to “Leverage the Power of Women.” The Community Collaborations Council, chaired by the Junior League of Houston’s Community Collaborations Chairman, is a council of diverse, nonprofit organizations in the Houston area that meets regularly to learn about the needs of the Houston community and holds an annual event designed to inspire and educate the Greater Houston Area.
The Community Collaborations Council consists of representatives from the following organizations:
Children’s Mental Health Action Network
Children’s Museum of Houston
Collaborative for Children
Communities in Schools of Houston, Inc.,
Fort Bend Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto
Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
HAEYC (Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children)
The Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Reach Out and Read Texas
This year’s annual event started with a networking opportunity and agency showcase, which served to educate attendees on the efforts of various non-profit agencies that support the Houston community. Council Member Cohen then provided advice on how every woman can best maximize her talents, resources and networks to make a more powerful impact in the lives of children, families and communities. Yvonne Harris, the League’s 2014 – 2015 Community Collaborations Chairman, stated, “Ms. Cohen not only motivated me, but also she stretched my thinking with actionable items. Starting today, I will connect more with the women in my network to gain different perspectives and creative brainstorming for the challenges I face personally and professionally.”