Join our September 2017 Ft. Worth luncheon for a fascinating panel including Katey McFarlan Hellman, Kara Stout, and Samantha Stewart. Hosted by Suzanne Taylor, you won't want to miss this insightful group of ladies who are rocking their businesses.
As Erica navigates her personal and professional journey, she asks God daily for one thing: "Lord, please use me as a tool to build your kingdom, leading me to the people, communities, and businesses that I can serve in your name." Erica's winding road to professional "success" is evidence that God can use you in the most unexpected and amazing ways, when you just say "yes" to every assignment he presents.
Erica spent the first 10 years of her career in the financial industry, including investments, commercial banking, and loan underwriting. In 2007, God transitioned her into the public sector, where she led the Ex-Offender Reentry Division for the City of Dallas, for nearly 5 years. In 2013, she blended her private sector and public sector experience, as the Business Retention & Expansion Manager, for the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation. There she supported the needs of Cedar Hill businesses, ranging from importing and exporting, commercial real estate, workforce, organizational structure, to accessing capital, and startup strategies. During this time, Erica found a true calling for building collaborations amongst non-profits, corporations, educators, community leaders, and government entities. Erica loves exploring new cultures, and has been called upon by the World Affairs Council to host international delegates from nearly 10 different countries. Erica recently stepped out on faith and began her own consulting firm, Expansion Solutions Consulting Services, to broaden her impact in the areas of workforce development, leadership development training, and economic development.
Erica also owns another company, that Conscious Couture Luxury Resale Events was birthed out of the Molett family's own tumultuous journey through the recession and a televised financial bootcamp, a small yard sale idea, and a few angels on earth. Conscious Couture combines fashion and philanthropy, to support the fight against human trafficking, showcase emerging designers, and create global girl power. Attendees shop the personal closets of celebrities and local style influencers, sample sales from designer runway collections, and rare finds from couture consignment boutiques. Most importantly, they leave inspired by the empowering Style Boss panels, with women who have succeeded in areas like fashion, philanthropy, sports, business, and journalism.
You won't want to miss hearing Erica's story!
Tasha is a bridge-builder, reconciler and a compelling voice in the fight for racial justice. When she speaks, she expresses a passion for social justice issues across the globe.
She has taken this message to audiences across the country at events that include: IF: Gathering, the Justice Conference, Youth Specialties, Catalyst, Barna's Pastor's Conference, the Orange Conference and many others.
A native of North Carolina, Tasha attended East Carolina University, earned a Masters in Business from Liberty University. She has served as Children’s and Next Gen Director and recently joined staff at Gateway Church Central in Austin, Texas as the Director of Operations.
In Addition to her church positions, she has simultaneously cultivated "Be the Bridge," a ministry to equip and provide tools for those who are actively involved in taking the next steps toward racial solidarity.
At the heart of this incredible women, Tasha uses her platform to encourage racial reconciliation among all ethnicities, to promote racial unity in America, and to develop others to do the same.
When not captivating audiences with her dynamic presentations and conscious-raising workshops, Tasha can be found exploring her new hometown of Austin, TX, drinking tea, laughing with friends, and viewing Christmas movies and listening to Christmas music all year long!
Tasha is sure to inspire and encourage you! Don't miss hearing her powerful story.
Amy Collins is the CEO & Co-Founder of RoRo’s Baking Company, located right here in Dallas, TX. They have a team of 8 female bakers who hand make thousands of Cinnamon rolls daily. All of their rolls are sold frozen in specialty grocery stores throughout Texas, surrounding states, and online. Haven't tried RoRo's yet? GET TO SHOPPING! You can thank us later.
With a big dream and lot’s of determination, RoRo’s has grown to gain national exposure. Loved by Oprah & Good Morning America, RoRo’s has stayed true to where they started by preserving the art of handmade rolls made famous by Amy's grandmother.
When Amy isn't busy growing her company, she can often be found wondering the aisles of Central Market, at Orange Theory, or working on her 1950’s fixer upper in Richardson. Amy is married to her Nashville college sweetheart, and they just celebrated 7 years of marriage! Amy and her hubby are completely obsessed with their two fur babies: Golden Retriever, Finnley, and Weimaraner, Tucker. One of Amy's greatest blessings in life so far is experiencing the Lord’s faithfulness in the restoration of her marriage.
She is a lover of all things white and gold, Rosemary Beach, and interior design, and she'll never turn down a new gel polish or a good iced coffee!
Amy's story is one of hope and redemption! We know you're going to love hearing from her.
Sabrina Martinez Harrison, 35 years old from Laredo, TX is an ambitious business-woman who balances career, ministry, and family. Sabrina takes pride in being a wife and mom first. Sabrina is the co-owner, marketing director, and interior designer of Mint Dentistry, founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries and executive director of the Keep Smiling Promise and Mint Gear. Sabrina has been integral in the success of many major initiatives at Mint Enterprises and Camila Rose Interior Design Firm. Sabrina graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in International Business. She continued her studies and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M International University and 2 years later, a Master’s certification degree in Educational Leadership. Sabrina has great passion for giving back through philanthropic endeavors making a difference in the lives of hurting people around the world. Alongside her husband, Field Harrison, Sabrina works to equip leaders and individuals in maximizing their potential by living purpose-driven, God-inspired lives. Together they have two beautiful children, Field Christian and Camila and reside in Dallas, TX.
Sabrina is ambitious and so inspiring! You'll love hearing from her.
Haley Robison is the chief executive officer at Kammok, an outdoor gear company based in Austin, Texas. Kammok designs performance gear for elevated camping, and their team is on mission to get people outside! Prior to joining the Kammok team, Haley worked as a curriculum designer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she designed and implemented “Career Design,” a new career methodology to help incoming MBAs assess their personal and professional priorities. She also spent three years as a consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, advising clients on a wide range of strategic issues. An outdoor enthusiast, Haley completed the three-month National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in 2011 and has also led climbing and backpacking expeditions focused on personal leadership for high school students. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a joint master’s degree in Business Administration and Education from Stanford University.
Listen in as our Executive Director, Kat Armstrong, interviews our August 2017 Polished Dallas luncheon guest, Dawn Stephens. Dawn graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics, from Rice University with a Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and from the University of Georgia with a Juris Doctorate (say what?!) After working for a few years as an Associate for Needle & Rosenberg, she joined Texas Instruments as Patent Counsel. Then she took on the role as Corporate Administrator for a booming church plant, One Community Church, where she managed staff and volunteers in several departments.
While the seed for Dawn’s ministry passion was planted during the years she spent in Sunday School, her passion became more evident as she began serving in capacities more aligned with her gift/skill mix. The joy that she found in serving was inexpressible. As a single woman living away from home, her life changed dramatically through the community that she found in ministry. Given these, her ministry passions include creating room for people to use their gifts/skills in ministry and helping women, especially single women, grow through community.
Heather Humphrey brings over 30 years of team leadership, information services and financial experience within the homebuilding industry to her role as Chief Financial Officer for David Weekley Homes. Humphrey joined Weekley in 1993 and during her tenure has also served as the Company's Chief Information Officer leveraging technology to increase operational efficiencies. As CFO, Humphrey manages the capital structure of the company to meet current needs and support future growth. She is responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives, financial planning and reporting, controlling cash flow, management reporting, and record keeping.
Prior to her career with David Weekley, Heather was a successful consulting manager with Kenneth Leventhal & Company, a national accounting firm specializing in real estate.
Heather is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Redlands in California, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Computer Science concentration.
Morgan Eseke is passionate about helping all ages of women experience a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ and to fall in love with God’s Word. She writes regularly about faith, relationships, and career at morganeseke.com. In 2009, Morgan founded CoffeeTalk in Norman, Oklahoma, a multigenerational mentorship ministry focused on providing biblical wisdom and leadership development for all ages of women— from middle schoolers to moms. She and her husband, David, live in Dallas, TX and are active members of Watermark Community Church. They mentor pre-married couples through “Merge” and Morgan cares for grieving teens through a ministry called Shift.
When she is not writing, shopping, or at a cycling class, Morgan works as a marketing professional and organizational health consultant at Credera, a management-consulting firm. Her current passion project is working alongside pro-life leaders to help launch The Life Center, a world-class museum and center of influence on life issues opening in 2023. Morgan has a degree in Communications from The University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing a Masters in Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Jenifer Sarver has nearly two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds, helping clients develop messages that will resonate with their core audiences and create strategies for effectively delivering those messages through the appropriate channels. In 2014, she launched Sarver Strategies, a communications consultancy, focused on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that effectively conveys their core values, and then preparing them to effectively deliver that message.
Jensy earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'Em!). Her professional journey has been a bit non-traditional as she spent time in business risk consulting and internal audit when she stumbled upon a very interesting career – forensic accounting and fraud investigations – and loves it! Jensy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and is currently the Director of Internal Fraud for Capital One’s Financial Services division in Plano.
One of Jensy’s passions is teaching and she’s had the opportunity to be both an adjunct and full-time professor at UT Dallas (Go Comets!). She also has a passion for equipping and empowering young women (which is why she LOVES Polished!). She has been a formal (and informal) mentor to many, led book clubs and topical studies, and spoken on panels/events for a college campus ministry that she and her husband are avid supporters of.
Jensy is a native Texan, born and raised in Fort Worth - while she has never owned a pair of cowboy boots, she has always been an avid Dallas Cowboys fan! Jensy and her hubby of nine years, Chris, live in Frisco and have two little people they adore – Joshua and Hannah. She’s obsessed with a few food network shows, finding a steal of a deal (on anything!) and loves to entertain and host her family and friends.
Lauren King is a 20-something, Jesus-loving, born and raised Texan. Lauren is the director of Polished North Dallas and desires for all women to believe they are fully known and unconditionally loved. Because of her personal battle with anxiety, she is passionate about helping others know and feel true peace, satisfaction and joy, only found in Christ.
Lauren graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. As a marketing professional, she gets to strategically and creatively tell brand stories and positively impact audiences.
Lauren loves getting to know people, spending time outdoors, sporting events (Hook 'Em!), writing, and dark chocolate. You can usually find her in Dallas checking out a new restaurant, walking her dog on the Katy Trail, or taking a spin class.
Lauren is a member at Watermark Community Church and has been involved with FCA, YoungLife, The Austin Stone Institute, 2nd Saturday, and D-Group.
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 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 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.
In Episode 17, we get to join in on the April 2017 Polished Ft. Worth Business Leader panel. Featuring three incredible women, Melissa Kates, Zena Jackson, and Karen Williams. We hope that listening in on the wisdom of these ladies will encourage and inspire you.
As an advocate, Melissa Kates has an extensive history as an attorney representing school districts as general counsel and as board counsel. Prior to joining Duncanville ISD, she helped Underwood Law Firm establish its DFW presence in 2013. Melissa is currently working towards her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, but remains passionate about her career and serving others.
Zena Jackson is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. She is capably entrusted with the campus’ academic culture and focuses on collaboration, innovation, and excellence in teaching and learning. She has previously served 28 years at North Lake College and also was the interim Vice President at Eastfield! To round it off, she has volunteered over 10 years with Citizen’s Development Center in Dallas helping adults with disabilities embrace and lead productive lives.
The First Lady of Arlington, Karen has been – alongside her husband – actively involved in the community for over 30 years. Serving on the Arlington ISD Education Foundation Board, a PTA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a well-versed speaker, Karen has always been about serving others. She has not let her community outreach keep her from her church family, having led the Women’s ministry at the First Baptist Church in Arlington for 15 years and a Bible Study Fellowship leader for over 20 years!
In episode 16, we get to hear from Tiffany Fulcher at our April 2017 Polished Dallas luncheon.Tiffany is the ultimate mompreneur, speaker, and business coach. She is devoted to encouraging women to build profitable businesses while leading purposeful lives. She is the CEO and founder of Tiffany Fulcher Enterprise and Momspace - an online business community created to educate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial moms and their kids. As a mompreneur, Tiffany dedicates her time to encouraging other women to live out their passions and desires while utilizing their God-given gifts. She believes we all have a right to greatness if we just reach down deep enough within, we will find that it's always been right there. Tiffany is inspired by her family, her husband Fred, 2 daughters Sydnei and Symone and son Trey. Today's episode is sponsored by MINT Dentistry. MINT is staffed with the most highly trained cosmetic dentists imaginable. And we equip them with the absolute finest materials. So our veneers, crowns, implants, even fillings are of the absolute ultimate quality that you don’t pay more for. And with six-month dental checkups, MINT doctors keep your mouth fresh, clean and healthy. Check them out at mintdentistry.com.
In episode 15, we hear from Hallie Graves. Hallie is a 30-year-old, energetic Jesus follower living the single gal life in Austin, Texas. She is the director of Polished Austin and is passionate about encouraging women to live the fullest, most free lives that Jesus has called them to live. As a lawyer and passion-collector, Hallie’s advocated for budding entrepreneurs and Fortune 50 companies and for children and families in child protection cases. Hallie is obsessed with Broadway shows, La Croix fancy waters (all flavors), hummus, red wine, group fitness classes, and her people, and she can almost always be found somewhere around Town Lake. Hallie’s a member of the Austin Stone Community Church (downtown AM!) and has degrees in voice, physics, and law. Today's episode is sponsored by MINT Dentistry. MINT is staffed with the most highly trained cosmetic dentists imaginable. And we equip them with the absolute finest materials. So our veneers, crowns, implants, even fillings are of the absolute ultimate quality that you don’t pay more for. And with six-month dental checkups, MINT doctors keep your mouth fresh, clean and healthy. Check them out at mintdentistry.com.
In episode 14 we listen to Courtney Gilmore at our March 2017 Polished Ft. Worth Luncheon. Courtney is currently a weekday morning reporter at NBC 5 and she began her career reporting in Houston, where she spent nine years reporting and anchoring for KPRC Channel 2. Courtney graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and degree in Classical Theatre. She has performed and trained around the world from Shanghai and Beijing, China to London, England. And now she is on the news and back in school to earn her master's degree at Dallas Theological Seminary.
In episode 13 we hear from Stephanie Giddens at our March 2017 Polished Dallas luncheon. Stephanie has a passion for empowering women. In 2009, she co-founded Polished to address the need she saw for young professional women to connect faith with real life. Over time, her passion for social justice grew, and she and her husband planned to move to East Africa to pursue business as missions in order to empower marginalized women. In a heartbreaking turn of events, the move fell through, but it inspired the work that she does today. She is founder and president of Vickery Trading Company, a children’s clothing line that renews hope to refugee women in Dallas. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M and holds a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Stephanie lives in Dallas with her husband Brad and their three young children.This episode is sponsored by Vickery Trading Company. Vickery Trading Company is sewing hope by operating a children’s clothing company that renews hope for refugee women. You'll definitely want to check them out at vickerytrading.org.
In episode 12 we listen in on our February 2017 Polished Ft. Worth luncheon featuring Heather Reynolds. Heather is the President and CEO at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). She oversees the strategic direction for the Fort Worth based, $30 million non-profit. With nearly 400 employees and four locations throughout the 28-county diocese, CCFW serves tens of thousands each year through its diverse services, poverty solutions, and income-generating social enterprises.Today's episode is sponsored by MINT Dentistry. MINT is staffed with the most highly trained cosmetic dentists imaginable. And we equip them with the absolute finest materials. So our veneers, crowns, implants, even fillings are of the absolute ultimate quality that you don’t pay more for. And with six-month dental checkups, MINT doctors keep your mouth fresh, clean and healthy. Check them out at mintdentistry.com.
In episode 11 we hear from Sabrina Harrison at our Polished Dallas February 2017 luncheon. Sabrina is an ambitious business-woman who balances career, ministry, and family. She takes pride in being a wife and mom first. She is the co-owner, marketing director, and interior designer of Mint Dentistry, founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries and executive director of the Keep Smiling Promise and Mint Gear. Sabrina has been integral in the success of many major initiatives at Mint Enterprises and Camila Rose Interior Design Firm.
Today's episode is sponsored by MINT Dentistry. MINT is staffed with the most highly trained cosmetic dentists imaginable. And we equip them with the absolute finest materials. So our veneers, crowns, implants, even fillings are of the absolute ultimate quality that you don’t pay more for. And with six-month dental checkups, MINT doctors keep your mouth fresh, clean and healthy. Check them out at mintdentistry.com.
In Episode 9 we get to hear from guest speaker Ashley Goudeau at our February 2017 Polished Austin Luncheon. Ashley is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who currently reports on news from City Hall in Austin, Texas. Her work has been honored by the Texas Associated Press, and she’s been named an Emerging Business Leader by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. When she’s not chasing news, Ashley enjoys volunteering with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, cooking, and dancing.
This episode is sponsored by May Designs. May Designs is a lifestyle brand specializing in customized notebooks, stationery, and more! At our core, we are a team wanting to bring beauty to everyday moments. The flagship product is the May Book, a simple notebook that can be customized to reflect each customer’s style; in three different sizes, it lays flat and fits nicely in your purse.The heart behind each product is allowing customers to create something that makes everyday life more beautiful. May Designs has been featured by Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple and was named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things!
In this episode, we get to go inside of Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour Live for Polished Austin. Jamie hosts Hallie Graves, director of Polished Austin, and friend of Polished, Jenn Sprinkle.
This episode of the podcast is sponsored by LoweCo. LoweCo. is all about fun messages with a crisp and elegant delivery. Because our paper is embossed for texture, you can truly "feel the Lowe". Whether you want to remind a loved one that you care or only worry about signing your name and letting the cards speak for themselves, you (and the receiving friend) are in for a treat. A refreshing, delicious treat.