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Arts and civic leaders chew over best ways to encourage innovation at breakfast salon

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News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Joel Cowley, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Robert Robbins
Panelists Joel Cowley, left, Mari Carmen Ramírez and Dr. Robert Robbins. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Carol Lewis, July 2014
Panel moderator Carol Lewis of Texas Southern University. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Catherine Mosbacher, July 2014
Center for Houston's Future CEO Catherine Mosbacher. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future,Shrub Kempner, July 2014
Audience member Shrub Kempner makes a comment. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Minnette Boesel, Perry Ann Reed, July 2014
Breakfast participants Minnette Boesel, left, and Perry Ann Reed. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Gracie Saenz, July 2014
Former city councilwoman, attorney Gracie Saenz. Photo by Ann Shaw, Center for Houston's Future
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Joel Cowley, Mari Carmen Ramirez, Robert Robbins
News Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Carol Lewis, July 2014
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Catherine Mosbacher, July 2014
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future,Shrub Kempner, July 2014
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Minnette Boesel, Perry Ann Reed, July 2014
News, Shelby, Center for Houston's Future, Gracie Saenz, July 2014

What: The Center for Houston's Future second summer breakfast salon series focusing on "How Cities Innovate."

Where: The Junior League of Houston.

The 411: With Texas Southern University administrator Carol Lewis as moderator, a trio of high-octane leaders discussed their experiences in cross-discipline strategies, both locally and nationally, that  grow and nurture the arts. Sharing their insights were Museum of Fine Arts, Houston curator Mari Carmen Ramírez, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO Joel Cowley and Texas Medical Center president and CEO Dr. Robert Robbins. The latter noted, “Innovation has to be a combination of strategic vision and problem solving.” Also addressing the gathering was Center for Houston's Future CEO Catherine Mosbacher.

Who: The culturally-connected participants included Minnette Boesel,  the Mayor’s Assistant for Cultural Affairs; Susan Young, president of the South Main Alliance; Emily Todd, president of Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston; and Center for Houston’s Future Fellow Gwen Goffe, retired associate director of investment and finance for the MFAH.

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