Over the past decade, Carol Goglia has been busy on both the professional and personal fronts. In addition to being a wife, a mom of three and a breast cancer survivor, she’s also spearheaded the marketing and communications for Communities Foundation of Texas.
In addition to the numerous CFT programs and events supervised by Carol, it was during the last decade that she was responsible for launching the marketing for the infamous North Texas Giving Day. The first couple of years, the 18-hour fundraising extravaganza was such a success that it blew out the website and phone lines, with Carol calmly assuring the media that the glitch was only a hiccup and would be resolved. The result? More than $290M has been provided for thousands of North Texas nonprofits.
For their efforts over the years, Carol and her team were acknowledged with the PRNews Marketer of the Year award, the Dallas-Fort Worth American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year honor and CNM Connect’s Communicator of the Year nod.
On Tuesday, February 11, Carol orchestrated the champagne-toasting celebration of CFT’s reaching the $2B mark for grants. The occasion was bittersweet for the CFT family, though. Three days later, on Valentine’s Day, she cleaned out her desk for a new challenge: becoming president of United To Learn (aka U2L) starting Monday, March 2 (aka Texas Independence Day).
According to Carol, “I’m thrilled and honored to join United to Learn as it aligns with my passion for education as the gateway to opportunity. The visionaries at United to Learn, working in partnership with Dallas ISD, have created a model that is truly closing resource gaps at our public elementary schools, as well as awareness gaps across our community.”
If U2L is new on your radar, it’s “a Dallas-based nonprofit organization that is changing lives by transforming the relationship between schools and community. The United to Learn community is comprised of 50 partners including 27 Dallas ISD elementary schools and over 20 community partners, including independent schools, faith-based organizations and businesses working together to accelerate student achievement, develop purposeful leaders and create a united and thriving community.
“United to Learn’s program model focuses on four research-driven and Dallas ISD aligned key pillars: social and emotional learning (SEL) for students and faculty, creating positive, aspirational campus environments, accelerating student achievement in literacy, and developing an informed community equipped to promote opportunities for all students to learn and lead.”
Boasting a B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University and an M.B.A .from The University of Texas at Austin, Carol’s résumé also includes her brand marketing work at PepsiCo and Frito Lay.
U2L Founder/CEO Abigail Williams said, “We are delighted to have Carol join the United to Learn team as president. Carol’s talent, experience and unwavering belief in the potential of all children will be a driving force in building the brand of United to Learn and ensuring the highest impact of our programs across partner Dallas ISD elementary school campuses.”
It’s a step in the right direction for both Carol and U2L, with North Texas youngsters being the beneficiaries.
* Graphic and photo provided by United To Learn