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Impact Austin Member Spotlight on Heather Toolin

Heather Toolin is high-energy, passionate woman who runs her own business in addition to being a mom. She’s an active member of Impact Austin and says she’s grown tremendously from the experience. Learn more about Heather!

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Heather Toolin is high-energy, passionate woman who runs her own business in addition to being a mom. She’s an active member of Impact Austin and says she’s grown tremendously from the experience. Learn more about Heather below!

How did you hear about Impact Austin and why did you decide to join?  What year was it?I first heard about Impact Austin in 2009 when Rebecca Powers and Becky Ruffin came to visit me at my then furniture store. I started hosting recruitment events (coffees) and was immediately hooked. My goal was to one day be an Impact Austin member and in 2011 I took the plunge. I am going into my fifth year as a member.  Being an Impact Austin member is so important to me.  I get to learn about what is going on in our community and meet inspiring women and I’ve had many personal growth experiences from being a member.

What have you done at Impact Austin (GRCs, Committees, Board Positions, etc.)?My first year as a member I was on a GRC in the Family focus area and I got to see the grant I was working on win.  It was the 180 program with GENaustin. It was so exciting and I learned so much!  I decided that it was best for me to put my efforts where my talent lies and that is networking so I joined the membership committee. I have helped bring many people together through the membership committee, and help grow our organization by spreading my excitement for Impact Austin.

What is your profession?I am an interior designer.  I have a BS in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Austin. I have been practicing in different areas of interior design for 20 years. I love what I do and I provide a unique design approach to my clients that they really appreciate. I am not a designer who wants to sell you a bunch of home furnishings. I want to enhance my clients’ lifestyles according to who they uniquely are.

What other nonprofits are you affiliated with and how?
I love to give to GEN Austin, and I love my sorority alumnae Hill Country Kappa Delta.

Who are your family members? I have a son Thomas Toolin who is a sixth grader and a daughter who is a first grader. I also have two naughty dogs Raleigh (AKA: No-No-Bad-Dog) a Wire Hair Terrier and Trudy (AKA: Countess Doo-Doo) a Long Haired Mini Dachshund.

What is the most important thing you have learned by being an Impact Austin member and what is your favorite thing you have done with the organization?
I have learned a lot through Impact Austin about philanthropy and what is important to me.  I’ve also learned a lot about vetting a nonprofit which has been priceless information. As a member I have narrowed in on my passions and what areas of philanthropy are important to me. I love organizations that help young girls. I had a really hard upbringing and I could have benefitted from some of the organizations that I have learned about through Impact Austin. Giving back to our youth helps me heal from my painful upbringing.

Tell us something surprising or unusual about you!  Go crazy!
People are always surprised when they find out that I am a tomboy at heart.  I am a good handy (man) lady. I learned how to use tools at an early age.  I used to help my dad fix my car and change my oil. I LOVED it!  I have thought about signing up for Auto Mechanics at ACC, but have not made it a priority yet. I am pretty busy being a single mom these days.