As Erica navigates her personal and professional journey, she asks God daily for one thing: "Lord, please use me as a tool to build your kingdom, leading me to the people, communities, and businesses that I can serve in your name." Erica's winding road to professional "success" is evidence that God can use you in the most unexpected and amazing ways, when you just say "yes" to every assignment he presents.
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.
Amy Collins is the CEO & Co-Founder of RoRo’s Baking Company, I don’t know, maybe you’ve seen her cinnamon rolls in Central Market. They have a team of 8 female bakers who hand make thousands of Cinnamon rolls daily. All of their rolls are sold frozen in specialty grocery stores throughout Texas, surrounding states, and online. Haven't tried RoRo's yet? GET TO SHOPPING! You can thank us later.
Sabrina is from Laredo, TX and is an ambitious business-woman who balances career, ministry, and family. She does this so well, you guys! Sabrina takes pride in being a wife and mom first. Sabrina is the co-owner, marketing director, and interior designer of Mint Dentistry (you’ve probably seen her on a billboard around town), founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries and executive director of the Keep Smiling Promise and Mint Gear. Sabrina has been integral in the success of many major initiatives at Mint Enterprises and Camila Rose Interior Design Firm. This girl is a #triplethreat. She’s so smart, stylish, and drop-dead gorgeous.
Haley 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.
Dawn graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics, from Rice University with a Master’s of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, and from the University of Georgia with a Juris Doctorate (say what?!) After working for a few years as an Associate for Needle & Rosenberg, she joined Texas Instruments as Patent Counsel. Then she took on the role as Corporate Administrator for a booming church plant, One Community Church, where she managed staff and volunteers in several departments.
Heather brings over 30 years of team leadership, information services and financial experience within the homebuilding industry to her role as Chief Financial Officer for David Weekley Homes. Humphrey joined Weekley in 1993 and during her tenure has also served as the Company's Chief Information Officer leveraging technology to increase operational efficiencies. As CFO, Humphrey manages the capital structure of the company to meet current needs and support future growth. She is responsible for a variety of strategic initiatives, financial planning and reporting, controlling cash flow, management reporting, and record keeping.
Morgan is passionate about helping women of all ages experience a deep, meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ and to fall in love with God’s Word. She writes regularly about faith, relationships and career at morganeseke.com. In 2009, Morgan founded CoffeeTalk in Norman, Oklahoma, a multigenerational mentorship ministry focused on providing biblical wisdom and leadership development for women of all ages— from middle schoolers to moms. She and her husband, David, live in Dallas, TX and are active members of Watermark Community Church. They mentor pre-married couples through “Merge” and Morgan cares for grieving teens through a ministry called Shift. They’re also expecting their first baby!
Jenifer 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.
Jensy earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin. Her professional journey has been a bit non-traditional as she spent time in business risk consulting and internal audit before she stumbled upon a very interesting career – forensic accounting and fraud investigations – and she loves it! Jensy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She’s like CSI of the financial world! She currently serves as the Director of Internal Fraud for Capital One’s Financial Services division in Plano.
In episode 21, you'll get to listen to our May 2017 Polished North Dallas Luncheon, featuring Lauren King.
Y’all, Lauren is the greatest! She is a 20-something, Jesus-loving, born and raised Texan. Lauren is the Director of Polished North Dallas and desires for all women to believe they are fully known and unconditionally loved. Because of her personal battle with anxiety, she is passionate about helping others know and feel true peace, satisfaction and joy, only found in Christ.
In episode 20, we listen to our April 2017 Polished Austin Professional Business Women's Panel, featuring three incredible women! Melinda Garvey, Founder and Owner of Austin Woman Media, moderated Austin's dynamite panel.
In episode 19, we listen to our May 2017 Polished Dallas Luncheon, featuring Rocio Lopez.
Rocio Lopez works at Buckner International, leading and facilitating operations for international programs that serve some of the most vulnerable children and families in Latin America and Africa. This girl is all about serving others. You're going to love hearing her inspiring story!
In episode 18, we listen in to our May 2017 Polished Houston Luncheon featuring 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.
In Episode 17, we get to join in on the April 2017 Polished Ft. Worth Business Leader panel. Featuring three incredible women, Melissa Kates, Zena Jackson, and Karen Williams. We hope that listening in to the wisdom of these ladies will encourage and inspire you.
In episode 16, we get to hear from Tiffany Fulcher at our April 2017 Polished Dallas luncheon.Tiffany is the ultimate mompreneur, speaker, and business coach. She is devoted to encouraging women to build profitable businesses while leading purposeful lives. She is the CEO and founder of Tiffany Fulcher Enterprise and Momspace - an online business community created to educate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial moms and their kids. As a mompreneur, Tiffany dedicates her time to encouraging other women to live out their passions and desires while utilizing their God-given gifts. She believes we all have a right to greatness if we just reach down deep enough within, we will find that it's always been right there. Tiffany is inspired by her family, her husband Fred, 2 daughters Sydnei and Symone and son Trey.
In episode 15, we hear from Hallie Graves. Hallie is a 30-year-old, energetic Jesus follower living the single gal life in Austin, Texas. She 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.
In episode 14, we listen to Courtney Gilmore at our March 2017 Polished Ft. Worth Luncheon. Courtney is currently a weekday morning reporter at NBC 5 and she began her career reporting in Houston, where she spent nine years reporting and anchoring for KPRC Channel 2. Courtney graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and degree in Classical Theatre. She has performed and trained around the world from Shanghai and Beijing, China to London, England. And now she is on the news and back in school to earn her master's degree at Dallas Theological Seminary.
In episode 12 we listen in on our February 2017 Polished Ft. Worth luncheon featuring Heather Reynolds. Heather is the President and CEO at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). She oversees the strategic direction for the Fort Worth based, $30 million non-profit. With nearly 400 employees and four locations throughout the 28-county diocese, CCFW serves tens of thousands each year through its diverse services, poverty solutions, and income-generating social enterprises.
In episode 11 we hear from Sabrina Harrison at our Polished Dallas February 2017 luncheon. Sabrina is an ambitious business-woman who balances career, ministry, and family. She takes pride in being a wife and mom first. She is the co-owner, marketing director, and interior designer of Mint Dentistry, founder of Equipped by Faith Ministries and executive director of the Keep Smiling Promise and Mint Gear. Sabrina has been integral in the success of many major initiatives at Mint Enterprises and Camila Rose Interior Design Firm.