polished austin dinner

november 14, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

mercury hall
615 cardinal ln.
Austin, tx, 78704

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Does your life look a little different than how you imagined it would when you were 18? If you're anything like our panelists, you've had a few twists and turns thrown your way since then. Join us to hear three unique perspectives on how life often turns out differently than we expected or wanted. These women have great wisdom on navigating life's journey. They will share their own journeys of career changes, big life moves, grief & loss, infertility, singleness, and most importantly, how their faith has helped them embrace the curveballs and move forward with courage and grace.

Taylor Nichols

Taylor Nichols is a dreamer, truth speaker and trusted friend. She talks about learning to have grace in grief and the importance of walking through every part of it. She believes in creating a safe space when you need to share difficulty in your life and believes in speaking hard truths into the scary places and sticks around in a storms of life.

Taylor and her husband Dave live in Austin, TX with their four children, Zane (8), Gage (6), Emerson (1), and their newest little sister (expected any day!).

Erin Banks

A native Texan, Erin has been on a 20-year tour from Boston to San Francisco evangelizing about how great it is to work with lawyers - without having to be one. Having returned to Austin, she now works for one of the largest law firms in the world as its US Director of Business Development, Practices. 

Erin doesn't have a dog, or kids, or a husband, but still thinks that her life is pretty great. Here in Austin she loves exploring all that the city has to offer, whether that be museums, restaurants or the latest food truck.

Jen Smith

Jen has been living in Austin for the past two years after spending the last 10 years bouncing around the country in Washington, DC, Dallas, Nashville, Tallahassee, and Boston. Jen is originally from Arlington, Texas and attended Texas A&M University where she received a degree in Marketing and International Business. Since college, Jen has had a variety of careers that have led her to where she is today. She worked in the White House for several years after graduation, then worked in non-profits and development events, and eventually moved into the field of education. After receiving her Masters in International Education from Harvard, Jen moved back to Texas to be closer to family and friends and started a consulting company called Taft Advisory Group that works with social enterprise, business as mission, and non-profit organizations. Jen serves as co-director of Polished Austin, and she loves traveling, cooking, hosting people in her home, red wine, flowers, and spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever.

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