Dallas-ite Akilah S. Wallace has not one, not two, but three jobs. As Director of Development for Faith in Texas, this powerhouse leads fundraising efforts by connecting people and other vital resources to support multi-faith-based community organizing, addressing social justice issues to protect vulnerable communities including low and moderate income families, the formerly incarcerated/rehabilitated, undocumented immigrants, and black and Muslim people. In 2013, she founded Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative “seeking to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of Philanthropists of Color” throughout North Texas. But perhaps her biggest, and best, job is mother of two boys, whom she strives to be an example for of giving and perseverance. #UGauGrrl
“I have a heart for helping others so it only made sense to build a career in the nonprofit industry, where each day I have the opportunity to connect people and resources for the betterment of society. Additionally, my two sons motivate me to be their best example of how to be selfless in a very selfish world.”
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I got to where I am by never allowing stereotypes, assumptions, personal challenges or others’ views about me deter me from working towards my goals. As a matter of fact, they have made me work that much harder.
“I’m currently challenged with returning to college to complete my Bachelor’s degree after 16 years of starting and stopping as a single mother of two. But I’m determined to finish this time, and I’m extremely grateful for my village, who always help me balance my career aspirations and family obligations.”
Who is your she-ro?
“My she-ro is actually ‘she-roes.’ I owe my strength and passion to the women in my lineage, from my great-grandmothers Emma and Sara, grandmothers Charlene and Cora to my loving mother Gloria.”
What does the term”UGauGrrl” (“you go girl”) mean to you?
“UGauGrrl means no matter who you are, you are unique and valued, and you are shining exactly where you are… so UGAUGRRL!”
“There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” – Madame C.J. Walker
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