Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

August Luncheon

Melissa Wilson

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Emmy Award Winning Melissa Wilson is the Co-Anchor for FOX 26 Morning News weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m.

Then, she loves to head out to the Texas Medical Center and throw on comfy scrubs and follow doctors and patients through procedures, as Medical Reporter for FOX 26. Melissa Co-Anchored the prime-time FOX 26 News at 9:00 p.m. for ten years, as part of the longest running anchor team at FOX 26. Melissa made the switch to mornings in 2010, when her son began school and she needed "mom friendly" working hours. It's a great move career-wise, as she enjoys all of the live interviews and a more relaxed format that comes with a morning news program.

A Texas native, Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Baylor University. She began her career as the evening anchor at KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls and then went on to anchor at Florida's News Channel.

Houston Woman Magazine named Melissa one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Women in Houston". American Women in Radio and Television nominated Melissa for "Personality of the Year". She has been honored with the prestigious "Gracie Award" and Lone Star Emmy Awards. The Fair Care Center of Houston named Melissa a "Living Legend". The Houston Press named Melissa one of Houston's "Most Beautiful Reporters".

Melissa has been an Honorary Co-Chair for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure since 2000. She also serves on their Advisory Board of Directors. She serves, or has served, on the following Boards of Directors: Children at Risk, Lazarus House, March of Dimes, United Way, Harris County Community College Nurse's Association, "Gifts with Heart", and Baylor Business Network. This year will be her 12th Annual "Melissa Wilson Golf Classic" for Children at Risk.

Melissa is a member of Baylor University Women's Association and Sigma Kappa's Alumnae Association. She is a "Friend" of Escape Family Resource Center. She has volunteered for the Christian Community Service Center and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Society of Professional Journalists. 

Melissa is a mother of two who enjoys playing sports with her children, teaching their Sunday School classes, and has served as their Scout Den Mother for five years.  She enjoys scuba diving, sky diving, reading, and scrapbooking.  If she’s not hanging out with her boys, she’s getting creative in her craft room.


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Jun
14
12:00 PM12:00

Houston June Luncheon

Angie Gillkin

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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. 


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Apr
12
6:30 PM18:30

Houston April Dinner

Tara Royer Steele 

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I'm Tara Royer Steele. I live in Brenham, Texas, but at times I feel I live in Round Top, Texas. I love our heavenly father and fall in love with him more and more every day. He amazes me with his love, mercy, kindness and grace. He pours out abundantly. I'm married to Rick Steele, he's my best friend, my business partner in everything and he leads so well. We have two boys, Brayden, and Bentley!  they are a joy.  joy.  joy. They are straight up boys. Dirt, baseballs, dirt, footballs, video games and full of snuggles for their momma.  

I grew up in our family business, Royers Round Top Cafe & am the cafe's catering director. Together we have Royers Pie Haven & Two Sparrows Roasting Company in Round Top, Texas. They are businesses built around a place to rest, great food, drink & relationships. We also have the brave gathering, our favorite. We hold yearly camps for men and women to gather, rest, to strip back the layers added by the earthly world and get back to who they were originally created to be. We hold the camps at amazing venues throughout round top, but recently bought 7 acres to host camps. Over the last 31 years in round top, I have gone through hard things & when I truly began to KNOW & understand God and his plan, there was a shift in everything. I was able to learn from my life experiences and share them with others. I love to meet people right where they are & just love.

Don't miss our April dinner! Tara is going to be amazing. 


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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Houston March Luncheon

Dani Gantt

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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. 


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Feb
21
12:00 PM12:00

Houston February Luncheon

Lincee Ray

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Lincee began blogging accidentally when she wrote a recap for the beloved show everyone loves to hate — The Bachelor. What began as a place for closeted fans to commune and discuss the wonder that is Our Host Chris Harrison slowly morphed into a place where Lincee shared stories about everyday life.

One day, her Bachelor recap landed on the desk of an editor at Entertainment Weekly. That sweet woman quickly deduced that Lincee was a pop culture weirdo who probably watches all of the teenybopper shows on The CW. She was right. When she's not watching TV for a living, you can probably find her speaking to various groups of women, including business and church groups. If all else fails, look for her in a darkened movie theater or at a live music venue.

Lincee taught herself to say the ABCs backwards as a child. It kills at parties. She really does hate green beans and is a little too enthusiastic about Netflix, mix tapes and holiday-themed Oreos. She also believes that it’s important to tell your story—even the ones that make you seem a little crazy.

Don't miss our first luncheon of the semester! Lincee is going to be amazing.


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Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

Houston December Luncheon

Angie Gillikin

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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, and her rescue golden-doodle, Auggie. 

You won't want to miss our last luncheon of the semester!


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Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Houston November Dinner

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Business Women's Panel

Judy Bouchard

Judy graduated from LSU and has 30+ years experience in all areas of treasury management with various multi-national companies. She is currently the Banking Director at ConocoPhillips Company and is responsible for the bank relationship management and development, implementation and administration of the bank account structures and bank services globally. Woa! What doesn't Judy do?! A member of the Houston Treasury Management Association serving in various positions including President.

Judy is a frequent presenter and speaker at professional conferences, and she not only received the Treasury Today's Highly Commended Award for Best Practice and Innovation in the Payables and Receivables Solutions category, but she also won the top award in the Cash Management category of Treasury & Risk magazine's 17th Annual Alexander Hamilton Best Practices Summit and Awards. This woman is dynamite!


Natalie Mott

Natalie Mott is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She and her daughter, Jada, moved to Houston in 2005. Apart from working full-time at Houston Methodist West Hospital in Administration, Natalie speaks at various conferences. Natalie loves roller skating and dancing to wherever music is playing. She is passionate about living out this Mother Theresa quote and encourages others to do so as well, "Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."

Both of these women bring something valuable and unique to the table and we can't wait to learn from them! Join us for our Houston Dinner.

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Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Houston October Luncheon

Jasmine Turner

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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.

She is the President of the Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) and board member of the Houston Area Urban League. HAULYP is an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League where their mission is to support the affiliate through advocacy, fundraising and service. Prior to her role as President, Jasmine served as Civic Engagement Chair, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of HAULYP. She also currently serves on the National Urban League Young Professionals Programs Committee.

Jasmine is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute’s Class III; a program affiliated with the Greater Houston Black Chamber. Along with her classmates, Jasmine launched the Empower 360 Initiative, an interactive curriculum for high school seniors that teaches them the importance of voting and being involved in the political process. 
Jasmine also volunteers her time with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and is a graduate of the United Way’s Project Blueprint Program.

Jasmine is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and is a leader of the Young Adult Ministry. She is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

As President, Jasmine is focused on the mission of the Urban League while developing leaders.

What doesn't this girl do? You won't want to miss hearing her story! 


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Aug
24
12:00 PM12:00

Houston August Luncheon

AshLee Frazier

AshLee is an 80s-born babe who loves sharing her thoughts, opinions, and fashion! When she was a kid — too young to drive and before the world of Pinterest — AshLee would walk to the grocery store every month and buy all the fashion magazines she could carry home. She would sit on her floor, cut out outfit images, and paste them on a page, creating a book that would be labeled for each one of my girlfriends. It goes without saying that fashion runs deep in her heart. 

Now AshLee travels the world and shares her fashion and experiences with others. AshLee's story is unique in that she experienced fame after appearing on The Bachelor in 2013.

You'll love hearing from her at our first luncheon of the fall semester! We can't wait to see you next month. 


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Jun
22
12:00 PM12:00

Houston June Luncheon

Heather Humphrey

Heather Humphrey 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. 

Prior to her career with David Weekley, Heather was a successful consulting manager with Kenneth Leventhal & Company, a national accounting firm specializing in real estate. 

Heather is a Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of the University of Redlands in California, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with Computer Science concentration.

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May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Houston May Luncheon

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.

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, and her rescue golden-doodle, Auggie. 

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