Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Austin December Luncheon

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill is a native Texan, an attorney, mother, and writer.  She has her own law firm representing physicians and medical groups in Texas, as well as speaking to medical groups and practices across the state.  She was a contestant on “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” and had a fabulous time interviewing for a job with Martha on national television.  She is a blogger and writer of articles on essay regarding faith, humor, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared on sites like Scary Mommy, (in)courage, Blog Her, and Aiming Low.  She finished her first novel and is currently working on an adapted screenplay.  

What doesn't this women do? You're sure to be inspired by Amanda. Join us for our holiday luncheon!


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Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

Austin November Luncheon

Hallie Graves

Hallie Graves is a 30-something from the great Austin, Texas. Not a fan of the linear life, Hallie’s a lawyer with a boutique law firm, the Outreach Director for Polished Austin (@polishedaustin), and an aspiring foster mom, and is overly interested in just about everything.

Hallie is passionate about encouraging people to live fully in light of the grace and freedom of Jesus and to use every ounce of all they’ve been given in this life. She loves the Austin library, Broadway shows, queso, yoga, words, and her people. Hallie’s involved in the Austin Stone Community Church and Restore Foster Care, and has degrees in voice, physics, and law.

Hallie is smart, witty, and so much fun to be around! Don't miss hearing her story.


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Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

Austin September Luncheon

Tasha Morrison

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. 


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Aug
2
12:00 PM12:00

Austin August Luncheon

Haley Robison

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.

Don't miss our first luncheon of the semester!


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Jun
21
12:00 PM12:00

Austin June Luncheon

Jenifer Sarver

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.

Jenifer spent nearly six years as Chief of Staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, the worldwide vice chair of Burson-Marsteller, where she was also a Senior Director in the Public Affairs & Crisis Practice, and General Manager of the Austin office. Previously, Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center, The University of Texas System campus in Washington, D.C., and was a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Jenifer worked in public relations at Cunningham Communications and Public Strategies, representing high tech and communications clients, and began her professional career in political campaigns, working as a Finance Director, and later as a Deputy Campaign Manager on two separate congressional races during the 1996 election cycle.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She received the degree of Master in Public Administration from American University.

She is on the Advisory Councils of the UT Austin College of Communication and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, is on the board of the Archer Center and is chairman of the board of Texas 4000 for Cancer. She was selected as a Texas Lyceum director in 2013, and was asked to serve on the organization’s executive committee in 2015 and 2016. She was a member of the 2010 Leadership Austin Essential Class. In 2014, she was appointed as a member of the Texas Exes Council. In 2013, she received a “40 Under 40” Award from Maverick PAC. In 2015, she received the “Austin Under 40 Award” for Marketing, PR & Advertising.


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May
17
12:00 PM12:00

Austin May Luncheon

Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson is the owner of Imperfect Concepts LLC, which is a content based website geared toward helping women entrepreneurs by providing them tools, resources and insight. In addition to that, she consults women and men business owners. Her entrepreneurial journey started in her early twenties and her focus is to help others on theirs. Last year, she launched her latest business endeavor, Business Bestie. An online directory and community for women business owners all over the globe.


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Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

Austin March Luncheon

Hallie Graves

Hallie Graves is a 30-year-old, energetic Jesus follower living the single gal life in Austin, Texas.

Hallie 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.

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

Austin February Luncheon

Ashley Goudeau

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.


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Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

Austin December Luncheon

Ashley Goudeau

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.  

Darbie Angell

With her background in design, Darbie started CRU in 2008.  Since then, CRU Dinnerware, which provides beautiful, modern, luxury tabletop products, has been a best seller in Macy’s, Dillards, and Bed Bath & Beyond.  Darbie is passionate about design and making an impact in the world. 

Melinda Garvey

Melinda is one of the most dynamic women in Austin and known for her work as a successful female entrepreneur, philanthropist, and role model. She’s the founder and publisher of AW Media, Inc., which publishes Austin Woman Magazine, and the woman behind On the Dot, a daily audible newsletter full of encouragement and inspiration for women and their stories. 

Mica May

Mica is a graphic designer-turned entrepreneur, the quintessential modern woman and founder of May Designs. Mica started May Designs in 2009 after she was unable to find the perfect notebook, and has grown from notebooks to an array of customizable paper products, including stationery, greeting cards, photo books, and more. 


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Nov
16
12:00 PM12:00

Austin November Lunch

Karen Jordan-Markham is the Vice President of Development and an Executive Coach for Emergent Execs. Previously, Karen Jordan-Markham was the President and CEO of Marketing Destinations, Inc. The company assisted corporations in strategic planning, partnership development, organizational and performance audits, market assessment and analysis and stakeholder perception analysis, specializing in businesses associated with the hospitality industry. Prior to founding Marketing Destinations, Inc., Karen was President and CEO of the International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (now DMAI) where she oversaw all operations. Karen came to IACVB from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau where she served as Executive Director. 

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North Texas Giving Day
Sep
22
6:00 AM06:00

North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day 2016

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND

Polished Enthusiasts,

North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 22nd. Mark your calendars and set a new bookmark in your browser for this link, because together we can double our impact.

As we double our reach from two chapters (Dallas and Austin) to four (Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and North Dallas), I'm often asked: "What's your vision for the future of Polished?"

We want to be the Young Life for young professional women: chapters in every city. 

You share this vision and, as a result, a generous donor has pledged a $10,000 matching gift so that as we double our reach we can also double our gifts to Polished.

This is where you come in. We need your donation this week to make this match happen and to continue to grow our ministry to directly fulfill our mission to share the gospel with a generation of young professional women and equip young professional women to share the gospel. 

Mark your calendar for September 22 and save this link.

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Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Austin September Luncheon

Melissa Hinnant I've always been a DIY kinda girl. I grew up with a mom who always made homemade playdough and birthday cakes, and sewed our dance costumes. So I learned to "sew a straight line" very early in age. In the spring of 2010, I was five months pregnant with a little girl. At a routine doctor's visit, I was suddenly given the devastating news that without surgical intervention I would give birth to our daughter within 24 hours, and she would not survive. I was rushed into emergency surgery to try to save her, and spent the remainder of my pregnancy in the hospital on strict, horizontal bedrest. The days were incredibly L O N G, and since I couldn't even sit up, I just had to do something with my hands! I started with a vision to crochet this tiny baby girl a blanket. And thus began and spurred my desire to sew, sew, sew. For two weeks I lived in the hospital until doctors could no longer stop the labor. Our very tiny, but oh-so-perfect baby girl was born. With lungs not yet developed enough to survive on her own, the Lord took her straight to Heaven. Though heart-wrenching and devastating, I truly believe that out of this great tragedy has come our greatest victory. My love for sewing and all things knit continued to grow. Late in the fall of 2011, I made my first pair of lacey leg warmers. Everywhere I went, people would stop and ask me where I got them. I put them up for sale online, and in a matter of days I was overwhelmed with orders I could not possibly fulfill on my own! Now, just a few years later, Grace and Lace has become a full-blown women’s apparel company with trademarked designs, a full studio and warehouse, and friends and family as staff. A portion of every sale goes toward building orphanages in India! It has been an exciting journey, and we are beyond grateful for the many doors that have opened for us over the years, including all of the media opportunities we’ve been given. We are also incredibly grateful to have the most amazing mentors and team members, and loyal customers who keep coming back for more. We are humbled, grateful, and blessed!

Melissa Hinnant

I've always been a DIY kinda girl. I grew up with a mom who always made homemade playdough and birthday cakes, and sewed our dance costumes. So I learned to "sew a straight line" very early in age.

In the spring of 2010, I was five months pregnant with a little girl. At a routine doctor's visit, I was suddenly given the devastating news that without surgical intervention I would give birth to our daughter within 24 hours, and she would not survive. I was rushed into emergency surgery to try to save her, and spent the remainder of my pregnancy in the hospital on strict, horizontal bedrest. The days were incredibly L O N G, and since I couldn't even sit up, I just had to do something with my hands! I started with a vision to crochet this tiny baby girl a blanket. And thus began and spurred my desire to sew, sew, sew.

For two weeks I lived in the hospital until doctors could no longer stop the labor. Our very tiny, but oh-so-perfect baby girl was born. With lungs not yet developed enough to survive on her own, the Lord took her straight to Heaven.

Though heart-wrenching and devastating, I truly believe that out of this great tragedy has come our greatest victory.

My love for sewing and all things knit continued to grow. Late in the fall of 2011, I made my first pair of lacey leg warmers. Everywhere I went, people would stop and ask me where I got them. I put them up for sale online, and in a matter of days I was overwhelmed with orders I could not possibly fulfill on my own! Now, just a few years later, Grace and Lace has become a full-blown women’s apparel company with trademarked designs, a full studio and warehouse, and friends and family as staff. A portion of every sale goes toward building orphanages in India!

It has been an exciting journey, and we are beyond grateful for the many doors that have opened for us over the years, including all of the media opportunities we’ve been given. We are also incredibly grateful to have the most amazing mentors and team members, and loyal customers who keep coming back for more. We are humbled, grateful, and blessed!


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