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Women of Tocqueville

The mighty, mighty Women of Tocqueville are a passionate and influential network of corporate and community leaders who come together to support the work of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Our goal is to leverage the collective power and leadership of women to further United Way’s mission of creating opportunity for all North Texans to thrive.

This dynamic, inclusive group of women donors comes together to drive measurable change in the areas of education, income and health.

Our members have the opportunity to build personal connections with fellow philanthropic leaders while engaging directly with community impact work to make a life-changing impact in North Texas. Members volunteer as youth mentors, meet with Texas legislators about improving childcare standards, travel to Washington, D.C. to advocate on Capitol Hill and much more.

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Upcoming Events

  • Social Innovation: Alumni & Stakeholders Celebration- 10 Years of Social Innovation
    Thursday, November 2, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    White Rock Brewing Company

  • Volunteer Series: Feed the Funnel Presented by Texas Instruments, Tocqueville Family Event
    Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    United Way Office

  • Tocqueville Luncheon Series
    Friday, December 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Teens United Volunteer Service Event
    Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Home of Jennifer and Edward Sampson

  • Women of Tocqueville WOT Joy! Holiday Event
    Wednesday, December 13, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Neiman Marcus North Park

  • Tocqueville Series: $25,000 Circle Dinner featuring Democracy in America, hosted by Laura and Jason Downing
    January 2024, 6:00 pm

    Location: Pecan Room, Old Parkland

  • Women of Tocqueville & Emerging Leaders: Most Generous Now Generation
    February 2024

    Location: TBD

  • Centennial Volunteer Series: Reading Day, Presented by Texas Instruments
    Friday, March 1

    Local elementary schools

  • Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children hosted Incubator Debut Night
    Thursday, March 21, 5:30 pm

    Location: TBD

  • Tocqueville Bench & Bar: 2nd Annual Boo-Ray Tournament, hosted by Co-Chairs David McAtee and Sandra Phillips Rogers
    April 2024

    Location: TBD

  • The Pitch, Social Innovation Accelerator
    Thursday, May 2, 6:00 pm

    Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

  • Tocqueville Series: Gratitude
    May 2024

    Location: TBD

Activities subject to change. For more information, please contact

2023-2024 Steering Committee

  • Michelle Horton
    Principal, PwC
  • Vanessa Salinas Beckstrom

    Investigations & Forensics Partner, PwC

  • Mandy Austin
    Dallas Market President, Bank of Texas
  • Dee Brown
    Strategy Sr. Manager, Global Private Equity Services, Accenture
  • Joan Cetera
    Vice President, Communications, PepsiCo Foods North America
  • Melinda Chausse
    Senior Executive VP, Chief Credit Officer, Comerica
  • Inia Franklin
    Sr. Dealer Lending Analyst, Toyota Financial Services Corporation
  • Eva Hevron
    Partner, EY
  • Melissa Keeling
    SVP & Dallas Market Manager, Commercial Banking, Bank of Texas
  • Hayley Krahl
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking, Bank of Texas
  • Heather Lisle
    Heather Lisle Co.
  • Carol March
    Community Volunteer
  • Debbie McComas
    Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Manju Menon
    CEO & President, Eutopya Corporation, Texas Instruments (Retired)
  • Kate Newman
    Community Volunteer, Texas Instruments (Retired)
  • Katie Rose
    National Account Manager, ARGUS Software, Altus Group
  • Liz Ryan
    Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Rachel B. Simon
    Vice President – Privacy, AT&T
  • Deb SoRelle
    KPMG US – Advisory
  • Karen Tavana
    Community Volunteer, Texas Instruments (Retired)
  • Michelle Thomas
    Community Volunteer, AT&T (Retired)
  • Linda Yohe
    Community Volunteer, AT&T (Retired)

Fund for Women and Children

In 2017, the Women of Tocqueville launched an endowment fund with the United Way Foundation of Metropolitan Dallas to provide support to North Texas women and children in perpetuity. The Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children has raised millions of dollars to deliver targeted financial and skill-based investments in the areas of education, income and health—the building blocks of opportunity—for local women and children.
  • Women of Tocqueville unites Dallas’ most influential women around our community’s most pressing issues. We come together as community leaders, business executives and passionate philanthropists to drive positive change for all of our neighbors across North Texas.
    Mandy Austin
    2022-2023 Women of Tocqueville Chair
  • The collective brilliance and star-power of this diverse and talented group of women who engage and impact our community is incomparable.
    Michelle Thomas
    2021-2022 Women of Tocqueville Chair
  • We all come together to collectively create real impact in this city.
    Carol March
    Community Volunteer and Founding Member, Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children
  • I grew up with philanthropy as a core pillar in my family. I got involved in Women of Tocqueville, where the more you give, the more you get in return. That really proved true with my involvement in United Way. Some of my very best friends in the world come from the Women of Tocqueville.
    Cecily Gooch
    former Women of Tocqueville Chair and United Way Board Member