Oct
10
12:00 PM12:00

October Luncheon

Meagan Harding

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Meagan is a creative, justice advocate and civil rights attorney. She has a strong passion demonstrated passion for eradicating systemic inequity and is actively involved in the Austin community. She serves on the board of many legal organizations in the city and strives to improve inclusion in the legal field.

In 2017, she served as the Vice Chair of the City of Austin Ethics Review Commission and was appointed to the Criminal and Civil Justice working group for the Mayor’s Task Force on institutional Racism. She has also helped plan the Austin Trailblazer Awards honoring stellar black women in the Austin community. Meagan is a graduate of the 2015 class of Leadership Austin, which is a premiere development program that focuses on leadership and community involvement. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rising Star award for the Black Austin Democrats and the 2018 Outstanding New Director of the Year for the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

In 2015, she became one of the founding team members of “The Gospel And” (TGA) at her local church: Mosaic Church Austin. TGA is a program designed to encourage and cultivate authentic conversations around difficult topics such as race, politics and community. In this role, she has helped develop dynamic curriculum and programming to spur transformative, in depth conversations while also growing relationships.

In Fall of 2018, she will be launching a new platform in partnership with community advocate and thought leader, Virginia Cumberbatch, called Rosa Rebellion and our first project, Rebel + Rest. We are really excited to be developing a space to empower women of color committed to creative social justice.

She attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergrad and received her bachelor of science in Communication Studies. She also received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Meagan lives in East Austin with her law school sweetheart, Vincent.


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Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

September Luncheon

Caren Kelleher

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When Caren was thirteen, she had her first startup idea: a Beatles-themed restaurant called The Octopus’ Garden. It was such a good idea that the band’s lawyers threatened to sue her over it, which only went to further her interest in the music business.

Today, Caren is the founder and president of Gold Rush Vinyl, a new record manufacturing company that helps musicians take advantage of the renewed demand for vinyl. Once thought a dying format, vinyl has become a $1B industry once again, but one that has seen little innovation since the 1970s. Caren’s team recently launched a new state-of-the-art plant here in Austin to deliver high-quality records at a fraction of the time most plants can.

Before starting Gold Rush, Caren was Head of Music Apps at Google, where she also launched Google’s own music service, Google Play. She started her career at Paste magazine and is also a former band manager, work that helped her see the vinyl opportunity. Caren holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from Emory University. The Beatles are still her favorite band of all time.


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Jun
6
12:00 PM12:00

Austin June Luncheon

Hallie Graves

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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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May
2
12:00 PM12:00

Austin May Luncheon

Ashley Goudeau

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Emmy Award winning journalist Ashley Goudeau is currently a weekend morning anchor and the political reporter for KVUE News in Austin, Texas.

A Houston native, Ashley’s love of journalism started at a young age when she routinely called family members to conduct "news interviews." That love of news followed her into high school where she enrolled in broadcast journalism classes.

Ashley continued her journalism studies at the Dan Rather School of Communications at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. There she served as the main anchor, reporter and news director for KSHU Channel 7 news, Huntsville’s only local TV news source, before graduating Cum Laude from SHSU.

Goudeau returned to Houston, becoming an assignment editor for KIAH-CW. A few months later, Central Texas came calling. Ashley was the senior reporter at KCEN in the Waco-Temple-Killeen market where she covered an array of stories, from Baylor sports to high profile murder cases. She also covered the tragic Fort Hood massacre, providing live coverage for her station as well as MSNBC.

In November 2011, Ashley was awarded an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lone Star Chapter for a story she wrote and produced on people who hack into video baby monitor systems.

That next year, Ashley’s career brought her to our state Capitol where she joined the KVUE News team.

In 2015, Ashley’s work on the deadly South by Southwest crash was honored by the Texas Associated Press. That year she was also named an Emerging Business Leader by the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce.

At the conclusion of her coverage of the 2017 Texas Legislative Session and Special Session, Goudeau was appointed to the Elections Advisory Commission by Speaker of the House Joe Straus. She was also included in the 2017 inaugural edition of “Achievements in Black Austin,” a book recognizing the work of individuals in Austin’s Black community.

When she’s not chasing news, Ashley enjoys exploring Austin’s food scene with her fiancé Brian, volunteering with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serving with Polished.

 

 

 

 

 


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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Austin April Dinner

 

Professional Women's Self Care Panel

FEATURING JULIA LORENZ-OLSEN, ANGIE JONES AND STEPHANIE ALLEN 

MODERATED BY HALLIE GRAVES

JULIA LORENZ-OLSEN

Julia is a Swiss/Texan who was practically raised on the stage. Now, she adores using those talents to empower and inspire others to take charge of their own financial destiny through her company The Art of Finance. Spending several years in the mortgage industry gave her number-crunching confidence and a unique insight into investing. She’s also a self-professed foodie, budget-wizard, yogi, a vintage-clothing collector and has owned several of her own successful businesses. Her excitement for teaching people, especially other young women, about financial matters is matched only by her passion for figuring out who this Jesus-dude was, 60’s costume dramas and reading sci-fi.

STEPHANIE D. ALLEN

Stephanie is a Private Trust Administrator with Frost Wealth Advisors, a division of Frost Bank. While not currently practicing, she is a licensed attorney, and prior to joining Frost in 2015, Stephanie worked in private law practice. Stephanie earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Southwestern Assembly of God University, a J.D. from Regent University, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Alabama. She currently serves on the boards of Travis County Women Lawyers and of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Austin Bar; she previously served on the board of AGE of Central Texas.

ANGIE JONES

Angie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor in Austin, Texas. She specialize in treating adolescents (age 14+), adults, and couples with a focus on the following: trauma/abuse, grief/loss, major life transitions, anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-esteem issues, divorce/separation and faith/spirituality. 

Originally from Chicago, I received my Bachelors in Social Work from Baylor University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. Over the last 11 years I have worked in community mental health, public schools, anti-human trafficking, and private practice. Throughout my experiences I have gained insight and passion for working with multi-cultural communities with diverse needs. 

My approach to therapy is strengths-based and client-led, emphasizing one’s self-determination and strengths to help create healthy resolutions to various issues. I look through an ecological lens, taking into account one’s current developmental context and the overlapping systems of self, relationships, community, and societal factors. I draw techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

When I’m not doing therapy, you can find me running on Town Lake, enjoying a Camp Gladiator boot camp, yoga class, or trying out a new restaurant. I am drawn to storytelling, strong women, designing beautiful spaces, spending time with family and friends, and traveling with my husband. There’s nothing like taking in the beauty of a new city on foot, preferably with an almond chai latte in hand!

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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Mar
7
12:00 PM12:00

Austin March Luncheon

 

Virginia Cumberbatch

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Virginia Cumberbatch began serving as Director of the Community Engagement Center (CEC) in the fall of 2016. The CEC is an arm of The University of Texas' Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and incubates the Social Justice Institute, which focuses on connecting the resources of the university to the community to address concerns of equity and access in education, housing, health-care and social justice. In 2015 she co-founded HUX STORYHOUSE, LLC, with her brother, a creative strategies collective that uses culturally relevant storytelling to help organizations engage thoughtfully and authentically with markets across the Black Diaspora. 

Born in raised in Austin, Texas, Virginia is a founding board member of Six Square: Austin's Black Cultural District, an organization focused on preserving Austin's Black history and heritage in East Austin and curating ongoing cultural and economic contributions of Black Austinites. She is currently serving as Curator for the Austin Shapers (a hub of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers), on the board of KLRU (Austin's Public Broadcasting station) and was vital in re-launching the National Urban League's Young Professionals program Austin. She was appointed to and is currently serving on the Mayor of Austin's Taskforce on Institutional Racism and Systemic Bias.

Virginia received her bachelor degree from Williams College in 2010 in history and sociology with a focus on race studies and her master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 2016. She is the recipient of the 2016 Anti-Defamation League of Austin Social Justice Award and the Austin American-Statesman named her "Person to Watch in 2015" for her work in community engagement. Her book, As We Saw It: The Story of Integration at The University of Texas at Austin, will be published on March 11, 2018.


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Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Austin February Luncheon

Denise Bradley

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Denise Bradley is responsible for planning and executing corporate communication and community affairs strategies for the HCA Central and West Texas Division, which encompasses St. David’s HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. St. David’s HealthCare is a seven-hospital healthcare system, with more than 110 locations throughout Central Texas. It is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, employing more than 9,000 associates and supported by more than 2,000 medical staff members. In her role, Denise oversees the strategic direction and coordination of internal and external communication; media and public relations; community relations; and, crisis management.

Denise has held a variety of state and nationally recognized positions, including both Director of Correspondence and Special Projects Manager in The White House Office of the First Lady. Her work experience also includes lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin; research and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Presidential Management Fellow; Deputy Director of the Central Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center; and Executive Director of the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Denise earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in educational psychology with an emphasis in program evaluation, and later earned a doctorate in educational psychology in the areas of human development and education, from The University of Texas at Austin.

Denise is active in numerous organizations. She is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, which is a membership organization of business and community leaders advancing the economic and social well-being of the Central Texas area. She currently serves on the board, as well as the executive committee, of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Texas Hospital Association’s Strategic Communications Constituency Council. Denise has also served on the board of Hyde Park Schools, including a one-year appointment as school board president; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she also chaired the Student-of-the-Year Task Force; as a member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign; and, co-chair of the marketing and public relations committee for the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball.

In 2012, Denise was named a Central Texas Woman of Influence by the Austin Business Journal.


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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

  M  e  l  i  s  s  a     H  i  n  n  a  n  t   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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