Carolyn West, Founder and Executive Director

Carolyn West, Founder of the Thank You Darlin Foundation

Carolyn has been the executive director of the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation since 2004. She brings 25-plus years of experience to this position. Under her leadership, the organization has grown exponentially from serving only 5 students to impacting thousands, annually.

Carolyn studied business administration at Loyola University.  She exercised her passion for the arts as a member of a female trio and became an opening act for top R&B and Jazz artists.  She toured theatre nationwide including the historic Howard Theatre.

Her diverse background includes managing theatrical groups.  Also, running financial services for Fortune 500 companies including American Family Insurance and Allstate, where she earned numerous awards for productivity and profitability.

Her transformation to heading a nonprofit organization was inspired by a deep desire to honor her mother’s legacy of helping others.  In 2004, in Chicago, Illinois, Carolyn founded and established the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation as a public charity. She later expanded the organization’s footprint by launching operations in Fort Worth, Texas and led its poetry writing and performance program to become an award-winning. A teaching artist for 12-plus years and an administrator who has affirmed her business acumen by implementing arts programs in 30 Texas public schools, she works tirelessly to raise the voices of youth.

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