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Mar 25, 2020

In the final episode of our series, Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Kat Armstrong chats with the brilliant and creative Debora Annino. Debora’s story of creativity, faith and bravery is the inspiration we all need right now. 

Spending more than twenty-five years in the fashion apparel and textile industry, Debora led design, merchandising and sourcing teams developing national and international brands. No longer content to use business solely for profit, Debora returned to school earning an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry from Dallas Theological Seminary. Now, she passionately pursues opportunities to use creativity for positive impact in the lives of others. Her creative enterprises include Common Project Artisan Market, a pop-up market showcasing a curated collection of local and global artisan brands that use the power of business for transformation, and Casita No. 8, a collection of unique, hand-embroidered home décor and textiles created by the indigenous Otomi women and men in Central Mexico. 
 
After her husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, it was Barry’s last wish, and her last gift to him, to launch the Little Things Matter Foundation, which serves individuals, families and communities through small-scale, project-based investment, transforming communities and connecting lives. As the foundation’s executive director, Debora seeks investment opportunities that generate long-term impact and economic empowerment for marginalized people in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her foundation’s key contributions include sponsorship of a week-long  children’s camp that engages creativity, outdoor activities, creation science and spiritual formation; a women’s cooperative teaching creative and providing marketplace opportunities; and funding for organic gardens and chicken farming to provide nutritious food in addition to economic opportunities. 

Connect With Debora

Instagram: @debora_annino

Website: littlethingsmatter.net

Book: Little Things Matter by Debora and Barry Annino

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Mar 25, 2020

We know we are still living in an unprecedented time of uncertainty and that we are all doing our best to navigate this time well. You all loved our last episode with Tiffany Ashenfelter so much that the amazing Feleceia Benton teamed up with Tiffany to co-create a super thoughtful and practical digital guide on how we can find peace during this time of uncertainty. The guide is filled with practical tips, calming scripture and thoughtful prompts for journaling. In light of the current situation, our host, Kat Armstrong, and National Director, Feleceia Benton, recorded a special bonus episode to discuss this exclusive digital download, help you find peace and focus on stories of hope during this time. 

Get the Guide!

Connect With Kat and Feleceia 

Instagram: @heyfeleceia & @katarmstrong1

Verses

Psalm 77

James 1:2-5 " Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." 

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Mar 18, 2020

Are you wondering how to adjust in these uncertain times? We know our all of our lives look very different then they did even just a week ago leaving us with a lot of thoughts, fears and emotions. All of us at Polished are right there with you. We are trying to learn how to cope in the midst of this extremely hard time which is why  our co-founder, Kat Armstrong, talked with Tiffany Ashenfelter, a licensed professional counselor and Polished leader, to talk about mental wellbeing during a crisis. In the episode, Tiffany helps us to understand our different reactions to the current situation and gives several incredibly helpful tips for staying emotionally healthy during this crisis. 

Tiffany is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor in Dallas TX specializing in helping individual's whose lives are screaming something's gotta give. She is partnered with her husband Michael, who specializes in helping couples identify and overcome the conflict cycles that leads to disconnection.

Connect With Tiffany 

Instagram: @tiffanyashenfelter

Website: Ashenfeltercounseling.com

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Mar 12, 2020

We know. There is a lot going on in our world right now. Whether you need a short distraction to give your mind a break or need some company while you clorox your house for the millionth time, we are so excited to share the latest episode in our Breaking the Glass Ceiling series with you. In today’s episode, Kat chats with Chong-Ae Shah about the importance of always having a desire to learn from colleagues and the joy that comes with investing in others. Let us tell you. Chong-Ae is the real deal. Throughout her career, she has worked for General Motors, AARP, International Justice Mission and currently serves as the Associate Director of DTS-DC. And she has absolutely broken glass ceilings every step of the way. Chong-Ae’s gratitude for and tenacity to learn from those who have gone before her will inspire you no matter where you are in your career. 

Connect With Chong Ae Shah

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Mar 5, 2020

Did you hear that? It’s the guests for our March episodes shattering the glass ceiling. This month, we’ll learn from the stories women who are breaking into boardrooms, C-Suites, and partner roles normally filled by men. We’re confident you’ll be encouraged hearing from women who have entered into professional settings where no women had gone before.

To kick off our new series, Kat chats with Gaylan Hendricks, the founder and CEO of Senior Security Benefits. In today's episode, Gaylan shares about she persevered in her career despite several difficult disruptions throughout her life. Her courage and tenacity to go where God called her is inspiring. No matter where you are in your professional and personal life, we know you'll be encouraged by Gaylan's story today. 

Connect With Gaylan  

Instagram: @hendricksgaylan

Verses:

Romans 8:26 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans."

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