Tracy Guillory

Tracy Guillory

Owner, Guillory Realty Group/White Label Realty

Tell us about yourself and how you became a United Way Board Member.

I am a businesswoman, wife, friend, mother, and a humanitarian.  When I’m not serving the constituents of Precinct 2 with County Commissioner Patricia Chisolm- Miller or serving as an agent with White Label Realty Co., I’m organizing community events such as CenTex Teen Book Fest on the Brazos.  My ambitions to serve the community have shown through many ways and becoming a United Way Board Member is a significant achievement and enhances my dedication to community service and philanthropy. 

My journey began with a strong desire to make a positive impact on my community and my passion for community service developed from my personal experiences and  a desire to give back to society.  I received a personal invitation from Mr. (Coach) Ed Love, Mr. Hector Sabido, and Dr. Iliana Neumann to join the Board of Directors which was humbling and an honor and reflects the trust and confidence that these individuals and the organization have in my ability to contribute positively to the United Way mission.

Why do you love United Way?

I share a strong alignment with United Way’s mission, which is typically focused on improving the quality of life and well-being of individuals and families in our community. This shared purpose resonates with my personal values and principles, making my work as a board member feel meaningful and fulfilling. United Way often collaborates with a wide range of partners, including nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. My role on the board allows me to facilitate these collaborations and see the collective power of working together to create positive change.  Serving as a board member provides me with valuable leadership experiences as I can contribute my expertise, make strategic decisions, and guide the organization’s direction.  Being part of the United Way board exposes me to a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about community service. The connections and relationships I’ve built within the organization have become professionally and personally enriching.  As a board member, I have a unique platform to contribute my time, skills, and resources to make a positive difference, and this sense of contribution is deeply fulfilling.  Ultimately, the passion I have for United Way may come from the personal fulfillment I’ve experienced by being part of an organization that embodies my values and allows me to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others.

What are the benefits of giving back to your community?

  1. Sense of Purpose: Contributing to my community provides a sense of purpose and meaning in my life. Knowing that I am making a positive impact on others boosts self-esteem and overall happiness in my personal life.
  2. Building Empathy: Engaging in community service helps develop empathy and a deeper understanding of the challenges others face. It broadens my perspective and fosters a greater sense of compassion.
  3. Networking: Involvement in community service introduces me to a wide range of individuals, including potential mentors, friends, and professional contacts. These connections can be valuable for personal and career growth.
  4. Mental and Emotional Well-being: Engaging in acts of kindness and generosity has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also promote a sense of happiness and fulfillment.
  5. Long-Term Community Improvement: By participating in community projects and initiatives, I contribute to the long-term improvement and sustainability of our community, making it a better place for current and future generations.
“As a United Way CIC member, I’ve had the opportunity to champion the way forward at increasing the equity in grant-making. Collectively, we strive to move the dial in a direction whereby funded programs are representative of the communities they serve.”

Paula Solano, 2021 Community Investment Council Member

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