Angie Gillikin & Dani Gantt
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. Angie is passionate about #equippingeducation and as a teacher used her 16 years of previous corporate experience to apply the "real world" in her CTE classrooms while also applying core academics resulting in students with both technical application and employability skills in addition to applied academics. Angie is active in the Houston community; and is completing her 13th year as a volunteer with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo where she's a Vice Chairman and Captain on two committees. She is also the Houston Chapter Director for Polished and is currently pursuing a MBA at University of Houston Downtown. Outside of work Angie enjoys blogging, creating lettered art, friends and family, including her rescue golden-doodle, Auggie.
Dani is an HR Manager at Pappas Restaurants, a family-owned and operated restaurant company with nearly one hundred restaurant locations in eight states. She leads the recruiting, employee engagement and retention initiatives for hourly team members.
Dani is a native New Yorker who calls Houston home. She is passionate about serving her community and is on the committee for HR Houston Gives Back where they partner with local organizations to assist disadvantaged job seekers through job search guidance, resume reviews and mock interviews. She frequently volunteers with the Houston Food Bank, Children at Risk and her church Bayou City Fellowship.
She remembers attending her first Polished Houston luncheon in the Fall of 2017 and felt an instant connection to exploring life, faith and work with a diverse group of professional women. Dani is excited to be serving as the Co-Director of Polished Houston with Angie.
Danielle is a Mom to Ethan, the coolest 13-year-old boy she knows. She loves listening to live music and traveling. She can be found searching for coffee, tacos, a place to hike and the score of the game.