Jasmine Turner is a native Houstonian and works at LyondellBasell as a Cost Analyst, where she is responsible for budgeting and forecasting spending for capital projects at Lyondell’s Houston Refinery. Jasmine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Corporate Communication from Baylor University and serves on the Baylor Business Network Advisory Board.
She is the President of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) and board member of the Houston Area Urban League. HAULYP is an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League where their mission is to support the affiliate through advocacy, fundraising and service. Prior to her role as President, Jasmine served as Civic Engagement Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of HAULYP. She also currently serves on the National Urban League Young Professionals Programs Committee.
Jasmine is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute’s Class III; a program affiliated with the Greater Houston Black Chamber. Along with her classmates, Jasmine launched the Empower 360 Initiative, an interactive curriculum for high school seniors that teaches them the importance of voting and being involved in the political process.
Jasmine also volunteers her time with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and is a graduate of the United Way’s Project Blueprint Program.
Jasmine is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and is a leader of the Young Adult Ministry. She is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Suzanne Taylor is serving as the City Director for Polished Fort Worth. She works as an associate attorney at Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Schell, Kelly & Taplett, LLP practicing Estate Planning, Probate & Trust law. She spends most of her day drafting Wills and Trusts and meeting with clients on how to best plan for their future. Through her work and specifically meeting with young parents planning for their children’s future, she saw a theme in conversations about how the role of women is continuing to evolve and become more complex. Suzanne recognized the crucial importance of clinging to scripture, wise counsel, and the need for accountability as she and others pursue being Godly women during this transitional life stage in their careers and families. Through this desire, the Lord continued to open doors, bring other women into this pursuit, and challenge her with helping bring a ministry to Fort Worth for young professional women to learn how to be bolder in their faith and scripturally approach their many roles. Thus, Polished Fort Worth became a reality for her and others. Suzanne is thrilled yet humbled to serve as City Director for this ministry and continues to be overwhelmed with the Lord’s faithfulness and direction.
Prior to practicing law, Suzanne served as Director of External Relations for the President’s Office at Texas Tech University. She is an avid Red Raider where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising as well as her Law Degree. Suzanne is married to a stud named Brandon who oversees the homebuilding process at David Weekley homes. Brandon and Suzanne have one child, Kate, who was born this past March. Brandon and Suzanne help teach the engaged/newly married Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Arlington and love being invested in the communities of Arlington and Fort Worth. Suzanne spends her free time loving on her sweet baby, helping her husband with home renovation projects, spending time with her family, eating watermelon, and playing with her little black puppy named Raider!
In episode 34 you'll join us at our October 2017 Polished North Dallas Luncheon. Today's guest is Melissa Wickham. Melissa serves on the Polished Board of Directors as the Special Events Chair. Naturally, we are excited to introduce you to her! Her education was in finance and leadership studies and she has spent 19 years in the business world, specifically in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and wholesale distribution. She currently serves as the Director of Finance, Assistant Controller at Interstate Batteries, where she has worked for over 10 years. Melissa serves on numerous boards and loves to travel. Her resume is stacked with experience and we get to glean from her wisdom at our next luncheon. If only we had time at a lunch to have her sing to us, as she has been singing her whole life.