A Message from Linda Yohe
2020-2021 Women of Tocqueville Chair
Thanks to the Women of Tocqueville for making 2020-2021 such a huge success. As my term as Chair of the Mighty, Mighty Women of Tocqueville is at an end with June’s campaign close, I feel so blessed and grateful to have served during such a remarkable period – “A Year Like No Other”. This fabulous and dynamic group of women leaders and doers have truly inspired me throughout the year to keep focused on the important work in our community, which was only amplified by the pandemic.
The Aspire United 2030 Goals, launched last fall, served as our guideposts, focusing our community impact work in the areas of education, income, and health. A big thanks to our WOT Steering Committee – “A Team Like No Other” – who drove our member engagement through their creative and innovative events. They delivered incredible and impactful virtual programs and volunteer opportunities such as our WiNGS Virtual Baby Shower, our career mentoring with Uplift Education, and our Reading Day antics with Mi Escuelita – Cockrell Hill. Our ever popular Most Generous Next Generation event featuring Anne Chow CEO, AT&T Business & United Way Annual Campaign Chair, provided a unique forum to discuss philanthropic involvement across all stages and all ages, bringing together participants from Teens United, March Tocqueville Fellows, Leadership Society, Builders Society, Tocqueville Society, and Women of Tocqueville for conversation and networking. At this year’s Bench & Bar, WOT presented The Honorable LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (retired), Superior Court of California for a discussion on her work and career in social activism and breaking race and gender barriers. This impactful event also featured local leaders, Sandra Phillips Rogers and John Creuzot reflecting on how we can create change within our own North Texas community. I am most proud that as Women of Tocqueville we were able to begin a meaningful dialogue on social justice and fairness, one that will continue to move forward in the coming year. Kudos to our WOT Steering Committee for making this all happen!
And it is because of these key events and others that our WOT volunteer hours were up substantially this year – over 600 hours, marking a 40% percent increase. That speaks volumes about the character and spirit of our members to be so actively engaged, especially in a year when so many were sheltered at home. Our WOT membership continued to grow as well as we welcomed 56 new members to our ranks, in large part due to the hugely successful annual campaign by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and to the impact of the newly launched March Tocqueville Fellows Initiative. I am so proud of our results and look forward to engaging and networking with all our Women of Tocqueville members as we open to in-person gatherings.
I want to again express my deepest gratitude to the Women of Tocqueville Steering Committee and especially to my dear friend Michelle Thomas, AVP – Chief Compliance Office at AT&T, who has been by my side as Chair-Elect throughout the year. It is such an honor and privilege to turn over the Chair position to Michelle, a committed leader and visionary who I know will inspire Women of Tocqueville to new levels of engagement and volunteerism. We can all look forward to great things in 2021-2022 under her leadership!
And so in closing, as I said before, “WOT A Year Indeed” and it is all THANKS TO YOU. WOT a way to go!
This article was published on: Jul 19, 2021