Over the past 10 years, the Women of Tocqueville have used their collective power and generosity to dramatically impact and change the lives of women and children around North Texas. Each year, a new chair is elected to lead the organization. These dynamic leaders built a strong and lasting foundation of volunteers and resources and a legacy for future generations.
We sat down with Kristy Faus, 2018 & 2019 Tocqueville Co-Chair, to reflect on the remarkable women and accomplishments of the past decade.
1) What would you like to say to the past chairs that have served Women of Tocqueville these 10 years?
Thank you! Thank you for your vision and for laying the foundation for our organization. Because of your passion and initiative, we have been able to collectively leverage this dynamic group of women and make measurable differences in the lives of those in our community. Each of our past chairs has left their mark on Women of Tocqueville, and each year we become stronger and more relevant because of their leadership.
2) How has their influence shaped Women of Tocqueville today?
You can never underestimate the influence you make on someone, whether it be directly or indirectly. Not only have our past chairs provided outstanding leadership for our membership, but they are also incredible examples of service, compassion and positive action. Our membership has grown from 140 members in our first year to over 350 members strong! Many of our past chairs and members are serving on UW boards, grant panels, finance committee and even leading United Way advocacy committees. Our involvement in the community doesn’t just stop there. I am constantly in awe of how our women find time in their busy lives to find ways to make positive change in our society.
3) What does the future hold for Women of Tocqueville?
I can’t begin to express how exciting it is to be a part of the Women of Tocqueville! Our members over the past 10 years have created a strong foundation and positive momentum preparing us for what is to come. We want to make a lasting impact in our community through focusing on women and children and we are creating new and exciting ways to make that possible.
4) Why did you join Women of Tocqueville?
Reflecting on my personal journey with Women of Tocqueville, I can’t help but conclude that the universe conspired to put me here. I have always been compelled to give back to my community and am amazed at how this organization has helped me fulfill that desire. The opportunity to join Women of Tocqueville came in a year of saying “yes.” I will forever be grateful to those who encouraged me in the process.
5) What has it meant to you?
Through my journey I have made some incredible relationships with women who share my passion. I am constantly inspired and motivated by this dynamic group and have found true and lasting friendships that I will treasure forever. It has also offered me a tremendous personal growth opportunity which I did not anticipate. In this group I always feel motivated, supported and encouraged.
Any last thoughts?
Yes. I look to the past chairs, founders and leaders of Women of Tocqueville, as mentors and advisors and challenge them to continue to be engaged as examples for our membership in the years to come. We are ALL relevant and vital in our mission to make measurable differences in the lives of women and children in our community.