In episode 19, we listen in to Rocio Lopez at our June 2017 Polished Dallas luncheon.
Rocio works at Buckner International, a global, social service-based non-profit headquartered in Dallas, Texas. She leads and facilitates operations for international programs that serve some of the most vulnerable children and families in Latin America and Africa. Rocio graduated from Baylor University with her undergraduate degree in International Business and Marketing and will complete her MBA in December of 2016.
Polished had Rocio at hello. For the past 4 years, she has loved leading with and serving some of the smartest, most talented and accomplished women of Dallas. Connecting with these women to share life and how faith plays into different areas of it makes her heart happy. Her story is a gamut of interesting twists and unexpected, sometimes painful turns. She strives to navigate life through desperate dependence on Jesus and great community - making what lies behind Doors B or Doors C much sweeter.
Rocio is a self-proclaimed foodie and coffee is her love language. Good food and good people is her mantra. A few of her interests include exploring new restaurants, globe-trotting, spontaneous trips to White Rock Lake, her pup Xena (the Warrior Princess), the beach, cultures and social justice.
In episode 20, we get to sit in on our April 2017 Polished Austin Dinner Event. During this event, we get to list to a panel of women social entrepreneurs in Austin, moderated by Austin Woman's Melinda Garvey!
In episode 18, we listen in to our May 2017 Polished Houston Luncheon featuring Angie Gillikin.
Angie is a Manager in the Career Readiness Department at Houston ISD. She focuses on high school CTE programming and developing business partnerships to support CTE programs; with a goal to expose students to careers and opportunities in their CTE pathways. In her role, she organizes Houston ISD's annual When I Grow Up Career Expo and bi-monthly Chamber meetings with active business partners.
Angie is passionate about #equippingeducation and as a teacher used her 16 years of previous corporate experience to apply the "real world" in her CTE classrooms while also applying core academics resulting in students with both technical application and employability skills in addition to applied academics.
Angie is active in the Houston community, and is completing her 13th year as a volunteer with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she's a Vice Chairman and Captain on two committees. She is also the Houston Chapter Director for Polished and is currently pursuing a MBA at University of Houston Downtown.
Outside of work Angie enjoys blogging, creating lettered art, friends and family, and her rescue golden-doodle, Auggie.