Member Spotlight: Colleen O’Hara by: Amy Bucher

By Brittany Trimble

Transfer member Colleen O'Hara

Transfer member Colleen O’Hara

Today we are showcasing Transfer Member Colleen O’Hara. Originally from Upstate New York, Colleen speaks with us about how she first became involved with the League, how the League has helped her career, and some of her favorite Boston things.

Hometown: Upstate New York

JL Boston Committee/Title: Community Service Council Member

How did you first get involved with the Junior League? A friend in Junior League (who then became my mentor) suggested that I apply after I told her that I was looking for volunteering opportunities and for more ways to connect to the community. I was accepted into the Junior League of Washington, D.C. in 2015.

Has your experience as a member of the Junior League helped you at all in your career, and if so how? Yes! By attending a recent Junior League leadership training session that was hosted by a certified leadership coach and former Junior League President, I learned how to delegate, manage up, and how to work through conflicts.

How has your experience as a woman in digital advertising compared and/or related to your experience as a JL Boston member serving her community? As I volunteer in the community, I meet other JL women who are in the same or similar field as I am. Through the JL bond connecting us, we share our professional experiences with each other as well as skills we’ve learned through serving the community as JL Boston members.

What has been your all-time favorite Junior League project? Volunteering at City Year Boston with the Junior League. This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we made crafts such as plush keychains that kids in Boston Public Schools can choose to purchase in their school stores with reward “money” that they earn through demonstrating good behavior in the classroom.

What is your favorite Boston brunch spot? The Broadway.

What book are you reading? The Girl With Seven Names by Lee Hyeon-seo & David John.

Do you have a Boston bucket list? If so, what’s on it? Yes! Going to as many restaurants in the North End as possible, seeing a Red Sox game this summer, and attending the Patriots Super Bowl Parade next year when we win!