Each month, the Austin Young Chamber will highlight a member who is doing extraordinary work to strengthen our businesses, our community…or both! Showcasing their achievements is just one way we can put a spotlight on the talented, collaborative, and community-focused workforce we have here in Central Texas.
This month we honor Tori Vogel, Senior Consultant at Deloitte.
Tori Vogel has been an Austin Young Chamber member since March of 2020. She previously lived in Austin for her master’s program and was always impressed by the great programs and enjoyed how friendly the members were. It was an easy decision for her to join once she moved back to Austin earlier this year!
Tori is a member of the Economic Development Committee and was instrumental in the success of their Civics 201 forum held in September. For the event, she helped work with a dedicated group of volunteers to recruit speakers, put together the program, and coordinate the overall look and feel of the event.
Earlier this year, Tori was accepted into the inaugural class of the LBJ Women’s Campaign School. She has always viewed public service as an honorable career path and applied to the program to further explore if pursuing public service through an elected position would be a viable path. So far she has found the program to be very helpful at meeting women across parties with different paths but similar ambitions and she hopes to share tips from the curriculum with friends interested in running for office.
In her day-to-day role, Tori manages State and Local government technology projects. She has found that getting to know other AYC members and attending the many professional development webinars offered have been the most helpful parts of being an AYC Member.
When asked what advice she would give to someone looking to get informed and become more civically engaged in our community, Tori said:
I recommend focusing on a topic you are already interested in and starting small. For example, if you love to bike, look up the Austin Mobility Committee and listen in to their next meeting. The important thing to remember is that civics is open to everyone! You do not need to be a transportation expert or have a background in policy to bring in ideas grounded from your lived experience.