Supporting each other: FemCity celebrates its fourth anniversary

From left, Christina Rodriguez, leader of the FemCity Collective Harlingen, and Dalilah Garcia, leader of FemCity Brownsville, prepare to celebrate the fourth anniversary of their networking groups on Monday, February 21. (Photo offered)

HARLINGEN — Whether budding entrepreneurs or those already running full-fledged businesses, local women have an upcoming opportunity to connect and help each other succeed.

FemCity Collectives Harlingen and Brownsville are teaming up to celebrate the fourth anniversary of their networking groups on Monday, February 21.

“Even though the two towns are 30 minutes apart, many members of FemCity Brownsville and FemCity Harlingen know each other,” said Christina Rodriguez, leader of the FemCity Harlingen collective. “We thought it would be great to celebrate together because we started both bands in the same month.”

The band celebration event will begin at 6 p.m. at 1205 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. in Brownville.

“We’re going to have fun,” Rodriguez said. “It will be a great event where we can get to know each other and meet new people.”

Monday’s event will have a DJ, food and drinks. This celebration is open to members and those interested in learning more about FemCity.

“We are a members-only community created exclusively for women in business,” Rodriguez explained. “Our program instills purpose, intention, and positivity in women looking to start, grow, and improve their businesses in a community that embraces gratitude.”

FemCity Founder, Violette de Ayala, will join the celebration via Zoom to talk about FemCity and her vision for the global women’s networking organization.

Ayala started FemCity about 10 years ago because she wanted a place where women could come together and support each other in a positive environment.

“A lot of times, business owners feel like they’re in competition with each other. Whereas, in FemCity, that’s not the goal,” Rodriguez said. “The focus is on the person and what we can do to support you and be there for you.”

For Rodriguez, it’s amazing to see both FemCity Collectives reaching their fourth year.

Rodriguez said when she first attended a FemCity Harlingen Collective event four years ago, she felt instantly welcome.

The FemCity Harlingen Collective currently has around 15 members.

“Most of our members have been members almost all the time,” Rodriguez said. “It’s very exciting and nice to be around people who understand you and like to show up and be part of a group. We try to make it a place where people feel welcome.

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