As a Senior Attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, Meagan practices law in order to correct systemic issues on a large scale. As a Founding Chief Community Curator, Meagan develops cohorts for Rosa Rebelion, a platform for creative activism by and for women of color recently featured at South by Southwest, where Rosa Rebelion presented REBEL + REST—a resistance conversation, workshop, rejuvenation zone, and storytelling booth led by Black activists, advocates, creatives and wellness practitioners.Read More
As the Manager for Corporate Engagement and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH), Aracely P. Muñoz leads the efforts focused on CMNH corporate fundraising for Children’s Health for more than 50 corporate partner brands in Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas, raising more than 3.3 million dollars annually. Her role is to partner with corporate partners and like-minded individuals to elevate Children's Health as a cause of choice within the community. Aracely also leads the multicultural efforts for the Foundation, which includes collaborating with Hispanic/Latino leaders and influencers, through engagement, cause-marketing, and B2B initiatives.Read More
When Caren Kelleher was thirteen, she had her first startup idea: a Beatles-themed restaurant called The Octopus’ Garden. It was such a good idea that the band’s lawyers threatened to sue her over it, which only went to further her interest in the music business. Today, Caren is the founder and president of Gold Rush Vinyl, a new record manufacturing company that helps musicians take advantage of the renewed demand for vinyl. Once thought a dying format, vinyl has become a$1B industry once again, but one that has seen little innovation since the 1970s. Caren’s team recently launched a new state-of-the-art plant here in Austin to deliver high-quality records at a fraction of the time most plants can. Before starting Gold Rush, Caren was Head of Music Apps at Google, where she also launched Google’s own music service, Google Play. She started her career at Paste magazine and is also a former band manager, work that helped her see the vinyl opportunity. Caren holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from Emory University. The Beatles are still her favorite band of all time.Read More
Elyse Munselle grew up in Richardson, TX, but has lived in the great city of Austin for eight years. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a BA in Finance, she moved to Austin to work as a financial fraud analyst. She has since moved into commercial lending and currently works as the Director of Underwriting at a start-up, Able Lending. She has been involved with Polished Austin since its inception and is honored to be serving as director alongside Jen. She loves being an advocate for women in business and encouraging women in their career and faith. In her free time, Elyse volunteers with 1 Dog 1 Hour and spends time exploring the ever-expanding list of new Austin restaurants with dog-friendly patios with her chocolate lab, Livy. Elyse loves traveling, listening to live music, loving rescue animals, drinking red wine, playing with her nieces and nephews, and being outside in the Texas heat, preferably by a lake with friends.Read More
Psyche Terry was born on the south side of Chicago to a teen mom. Due to a lack of resources, her parents gave custody to Psyche’s great aunt. Based on the statistics of the community, Psyche was expected to be pregnant by 16, unwed, and working multiple low paying jobs to make ends meet. Her high school counselor told her that she would likely not go to college.Read More
Natalie is the CEO and founder of StudioHop. She was born in Dallas and raised in Austin with her 3 siblings on Lake Austin. Natalie met her now husband Ryan in high school, and they have been married for 5 years and work quite literally side-by-side at their software company they co-founded. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in journalism and Spanish and currently lives in Dallas on the Katy Trail with her husband and their “Shichon” Annabelle. Natalie has a passion for fitness, health and wellness, cooking and has a consistently strong case of wanderlust.Read More
Jennifer Paine currently serves as Director of Business Transformation Solutions—Operations within Southwest Airlines’ Corporate Delivery Department. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for providing Southwest’s Operational Departments with the appropriate solutions to meet their business needs, most of which utilize technology.Read More
Judy is a photographer, writer, friend, daughter, wife and mama. She loves helping people capture beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. When she doesn't have a camera in her hand, you can find her reading or spending time with family and friends. On the enneagram chart Judy is a #7 with a strong #8 wing for the things she's passionate about. Judy definitely not the loudest person in the room, but she love having tons of friends to share life with!Read More
In this week’s episode, you'll get to listen to an exclusive interview between our Executive Director, Kat Armstrong, and our all-time favorite real estate duo, Lauri Ann and Aimee of Dwell Partners.
Dwell Partners started out as two individual agents managing the hustle and bustle of DFW real estate. As they became friends and advocates for each other, they got excited about how much more they could do for their clients together rather than apart with their complementary work ethic, core beliefs, and drive. Since teaming up, their ambition and fresh approach to real estate has opened doors for them to represent clients all over the metroplex.Read More
On paper, Alana Latiolais began as a licensed Cosmetologist, adding a Merchandising degree to the mix. As life unfolded, blossoming into marriage and a family, Alana continued to cultivate color into every part of her life, never blending into a crowd, believing wholeheartedly the richness of tones can change a mood, spark joy, and evoke connection.Read More
Sam is a tax accountant at Grant Thornton. She is married to her best friend, Ben, and is dog-mom to Beatrice. She is enthusiastic about Baylor, Chick-fil-A and budgeting!Read More
Emily studied International Business and Economics at Mary Hardin-Baylor, and she gets to live her dream job at Fossil Group, specializing in global brand management and merchandising. Emily shares her home in Allen, TX with her sweet husband Seth and their diva cat Princess. When not working on a home project, she spends her weekends trying new recipes for a dinner party with friends or napping in a hammock with a good book club read. Emily is passionate about travel, empowering women, and sharing Jesus' love with the world.Read More
Irina works for Texas A&M Mays Business School and Southern Methodist University as an MBA virtual career coach. She coaches MBA students on interviewing, networking, or finding the very best job or internship based on their strengths and career goals.
After 15 years of working in research and brand management for Frito Lay and Dr. Pepper Snapple, Irina was ready to move into academia. Irina is a married working mom with two beautiful girls, Olivia and Adele.Read More
Audry is one of our Polished Dallas volunteers and loves serving her community with an amazing group of women. She has made a career in the luxury retail industry working for Neiman Marcus and Jay Strongwater. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Business.Read More