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Women of Tocqueville Support and Cheer On Local Entrepreneurs at Debut Night

The event marks the culmination of United Way’s Social Innovation Incubator program.

May 8, 2024

The collective impact of the Women of Tocqueville Fund for Women and Children was on full display at last month’s Debut Night, where the latest all-women cohort of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Social Innovation Incubator presented their game-changing ventures to improve access to education, income and health at the Dallas College Bill J. Priest Center.


Through the Fund for Women and Children, the Women of Tocqueville have invested generously in the Incubator. The program supports early-stage social ventures led and staffed by women and people of color who are working to implement new solutions in the areas of education, income and health.

The work of the Fund for Women and Children continues to astound us. Since its launch in 2017, the endowment fund—which is designed to provide support to North Texas women and children in perpetuity—has raised more than $16 million to deliver targeted financial and skill-based investments in the areas of education, income and health for local women and children.

We are grateful to this year’s Incubator sponsors—Comerica Bank, Charles Schwab and Target—for making bold commitments to invest in North Texas women-led nonprofits and businesses.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to our formidable Women of Tocqueville Fund and members, including Advisory Council chair Robbi Luxbacher; Manju Menon, who served as a judge for this year’s competition; and Rachel Ybarra, Carol March, Kristy Faus, Michelle Horton, Michelle Thomas, Debbie McComas and Linda Yohe. Together, they made the evening unforgettable.

Winners of this year’s Debut Night include:

  • Jo Lam, founder of Project Beauty DFW: Audience Choice Award and Innovator of the Year
  • Laura Hayes, founder and CEO of The Learning Bridge: Most Impactful in Education Award
  • Cece Rockwell, founder of SelfSuffi: Most Impactful in Income and Best Pitch Award
  • Sydney Portilla-Diggs, founder, CEO and executive director of Any Step Community Services: Most Impactful in Health

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