Profile In Philanthropy: Tommie Mailey, Assistant Controller
Meet Tommie Mailey, WFCO Assistant Controller
Tommie Mailey (she/her) of Highlands Ranch joined The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as assistant controller in October 2023.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I am very creative and love the arts especially drawing. Just never have time to devote to the past time.
If you had a personal philanthropic mission statement or slogan, what would it say?
Never judge a person by their cover and do your best to bring hope and joy to those around you by being compassionate and understanding.
What about our mission inspires you?
I have a daughter and I want a future for her that is equitable for her just as much as it is for my two sons. Everyone should be appreciated and valued for their worth and not based on any preconceived notions.
What do you believe is the most pressing issue women and families are facing in Colorado?
I feel that day care costs are a significant issue for most women and their families. I believe Colorado has made strides in the right direction but that more is needed. A lot of women must make the decision between continuing to work and staying home with their child(ren). Either choice should be based on what is wanted and not what is required because of the significant cost. Really, your mortgage should not cost less than paying for day care.
What is the best personal decision you’ve ever made?
Deciding after having my first son to focus my attention on raising my family and not climbing the executive ladder. There are no regrets in this decision but now with my children being older I have the time now to use the experience I do have for an organization that I believe in the mission and initiatives.
If you had to teach a class, what would it be about?
Honestly a basic class on personal finance to high school students. To give them the ability to make informed decisions on credit cards, checking account, buying a car, renting versus ownership, etc.
Where do you find the most joy in your life?
The most joy in my life is spending time with my family and friends. I also love to cook and bake so the holidays are always a favorite time of year for me. Good food always puts a smile on someone’s face.
What is your favorite place or activity to do in Colorado?
I love to ski and there is nothing like being above 9,000 feet and looking at the view.