Episode #51- Dr. Ekpe Wade

For as long as Ekpe can remember she has had the desire to work in medicine. This desire, and a full basketball scholarship, led her to study Pre- Medicine/Biology at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. Ekpe went on to receive her M.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Shortly after graduation, Ekpe moved to Houston to complete her residency in Family Medicine at Memorial Family Medicine and was named Chief Resident her third year.

Episode #50- Danika Franks

Dr. Danika Franks is a passionate mentor and empowerer of young people. As Assistant Dean of Students for TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine, she cares for her students through career advising while also doing life alongside her husband, Chauncey Franks, TCU Football Team’s Chaplain. Mother to three children – Eli, Eden, and Ellie – she also loves interior design, describing her décor style as a cross between Bohemian-Anthro- Traditional- Minimalist. Try saying that fast! A graduate from Midwestern State University and UT Southwestern, Dr. Franks is a brilliant educator, example, and friend. You won’t want to miss her story!

Episode #49- Virginia Cumberbatch

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. 

Episode #46- Feleceia Benton

Feleceia, affectionately known as Zoe's Mom, is a passionate lover of God, His people and His purpose in her life and the lives of others. Her knack for creativity and business inspired her to start her own company. Now in its seventh year, the Zoe Communications Agency is a creative content and brand management company that builds strategic marketing solutions for cities, communities and businesses alike!

Episode #44- LaToria Wilson

Big hair and big personality aren't all this girl has to offer! With an energy all her own, LaToria brings an eclectic feel to the hip hop music she makes. Whether it’s a high-energy anthem, or a story she’s telling accompanied by soulful melodies, LaToria aims to offer hope, light, and truth through her music while providing an unforgettable experience. She writes about life from a Gospel-centered perspective.

Episode #43- Justice Sue Walker

Coming from the educational halls of the University of Texas in Austin (undergrad) and Texas Tech University (no big deal, just her Law Degree here), Justice Sue Walker is an amazing woman in every way. She has worn (read: mastered) many hats in her career - adjunct professor of law for Texas Wesleyan School of Law, solo practitioner, briefing and staffing attorney for the Court of Appeals, and now serving on the Second Court of Appeals for Tarrant County since 2001. 

Episode #42- Angie Gillikin

Angie is a Manager in the Career Readiness Department at Houston ISD. She focuses on high school CTE programming  and developing business partnerships to support CTE programs; with a goal to expose students to careers and opportunities in their CTE pathways. In her role she organizes Houston ISD's annual When I Grow Up Career Expo and bi-monthly Chamber meetings with active business partners.

Episode #41- Christal West Atkinson

Christal grew up a small town gal before transitioning to big city living, moving from Clifton, TX, to Frisco during high school. Receiving her degree in International Relations and History from Salem College, she graduated, moved to Capitol Hill, and launched a 10 year career in Washington, D.C.  After working in the Office of Legislative Affairs/Chief of Staff (The White House, y’all) and the Treasury department – as Director of Scheduling and Executive Assistant to Secretary of Treasury, Christal took a position in 2009 for the Bass family in Fort Worth. 

Episode #40- Ashley Freer

Ashley Freer didn't start out as a Texan, but 10 years here have taught her to appreciate the big and the small differentiators of this great state, breakfast tacos and gorgeous sunsets included. As group director and PR specialist at Fort Worth-based Balcom Agency, Ashley drives strategy and client projects for national, regional and local clients with 18 years of experience behind her. And while her job is one of her favorite things in life, she's eager to talk about other passions, including theology, history, travel and community engagement.

Episode #39- 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. 

Episode #37- Sharla Langston

Sharla Langston currently serves as the Minister of Generous Living at Northwest Bible Church, where she walks alongside God’s faithful stewards to encourage whole life generosity. This woman is all about giving!In addition, Sharla serves the national ministry of Generous Giving, whose mission is to spread the biblical message of generosity in order to grow generous givers among those entrusted with much. Sharla is a founder of Women Doing Well, an organization created to help Christian women live and give in God’s image. In addition, she serves individuals and families as a giving coach by helping faithful stewards discover and execute their unique giving design. 

Episode #36- Jasmine Turner

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.

Episode #35- Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne is serving as the Co-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.

Episode #34- 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 know you’re going to love hearing her story! She’s hilarious and so insightful.