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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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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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