Irene Barton Named a 2022 Honoree for the 37th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement

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From left: Molly Nash, director of Development for LiveSafe Resources; Irene Barton, executive director of Cobb Collaborative; and Tracey Atwater, executive director of LiveSafe Resources

Irene Barton, executive director of the Cobb Collaborative, was named a 2022 honoree for the 37th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement.

LiveSafe Resources honors 15 women leaders every year who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their personal, professional, and volunteer endeavors. These outstanding women from the metro Atlanta area were nominated by their peers and chosen through a competitive application process.

“We work to raise up key voices in our community that represent the needs of all people in Cobb County,” said Barton. “The initiatives we’ve prioritized over the past few years are a reflection of data analysis, listening sessions, and documented expressed needs in our community.”

Barton, who began her role as executive director in September 2018, joins a prestigious group of more than 500 honorees over the past 36 years known as the Academy of Women Leaders, who have been recognized for their contributions in their profession and the community.

Friends from Special Needs Cobb, East Cobb Civitans, and Irene Barton’s husband and mother help her celebrate.

Baron said she considers her most significant contribution to the success of the Cobb Collaborative as increasing the capacity of the Georgia Family Connection Collaborative to improve outcomes for all children and families in Cobb County. That includes multiple components like tripling the budget, doubling membership, establishing key partnerships with Resilient Georgia, Marietta City Schools, Cobb County Public Library, NAMI Cobb, and Cobb County School District, and building four new communication channels and developing a robust social media presence.

“For me,” said Barton, “paying it forward is characterized by using the platform and collaborative work of our organization and leveraging and engaging our partner network to ensure that our community is a wonderful place to live, work, and play—for everyone.”

Bill Valladares
GaFCP Communications Director

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