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#GirlBoss: redefining what a boss looks like

Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?

Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.

We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.

Jen Vogelman-Blogger & Content Creator

Never forget that you have all you need in you to conquer all that’s in front of you, and God on your side always.

Valeria Gonzalez- Make-up Artist & Hairstylist

Every goal is possible, every challenge can be overcome, everyday that you wake up is an opportunity to reach new heights. Push yourself harder and see how the hardest challenge was just an opportunity to explore new potentials.


Lauren Richardson- Influencer and Mom Boss

My advice is to think of something small that you can commit to daily and weekly, and be consistent with that task. Once that task becomes automatic, commit to something a little bit bigger. Taking small, consistent steps every day will help you to over come that challenge that you thought was impossible!

Lauren Nelson Dallas mom + blogger and owner of a non-profit in Haiti

You always face challenges and unfortunately sometimes really hard ones. How you navigate through those small ones will help you push through the big ones. Don’t avoid challenges or the emotions that come with it. Go there and let what needs to happen in you, happen. It can be your fuel and your strength to overcome.

Laura Vanden Heuvel Optimistic Dallas based Influencer sharing Fashion, Fitness, Home, and Travel

My advice would be allow those that you love comfort you and offer advice. Going along with that, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Also, taking it a day at a time and making small goals for yourself. Something I do is visualize what I want…often, and very vividly. This has helped me in so many areas of my life. So, I would say visualize what you want (making a vision board helps) and on the days it’s really hard, just look at your vision board and focus on the feeling you will feel once you achieve that goal!



hair by @lobloblack at @layerbeauty #layerbeauty

Achieving a rich, even, beautiful blonde like this one requires patience and dedication. The best blondes take lots of time and don’t happen overnight. With the right stylist, a good game plan, and patience anything is possible.

Jessica Ardonne Schmidt – Makeup Artist and Founder of Ardonne Beauty

Photography: @rob_resendez_27 Model: @alli_godbee

First, do not give in to fear. Fear is the opposite of Love. Fear cannot conquer you if you recognize what is inside of you. God wants you to succeed more than anyone. He is not angry with you; He is on your side. Through Him you can overcome anything because the same power that raised life from death is inside all of us. We merely have to recognize that we can’t do it alone and that we are connected to the power of Christ. He will empower you to do more than we can imagine if we only allow Him to work. Even if you do not believe this, this law is still at work and it is freedom and a gift to all. It’s the power of Love at work in us. And the access is already inside of you. It has always been there, and no one can ever take it away. No strings attached. I dare you to test it. Watch and see. You have the greatest power in the universe flowing inside of you. Never fear. Never give up.

Othashia Harris – Professional Makeup Artist & Upcoming Candle Business Owner

I’ve learned that there are very few things that are insurmountable.When at times that you there is something hindering you from a challenge, find a new goal or take on a new challenge you go after without any questions asked. Having self worth is the key in your life to accomplish your goals, faith and confidence. Remember, that you I am able to achieve anything! Have a strong support system that can encourage you during any challenge big or small.  And most important, surround yourself with those that believe in you and continue to challenge you.

Jenna Thomas- Licensed Esthetician & Professional Makeup Artist

We all have different seasons we go through in life. At the moment you might  feel overwhelmed with whatever particular season you’re in but remember it’s just a season. Do not let it overcome you. I’m a big planner (my husband would roll his eyes at how much this is true) but having a game plan sets you up for success. Make a list of what you need to do to achieve a particular goal. Big or small write it down and start with the small things. As you cross off item by item you will slowly reach that goal. For me it made me confident to get to the next step knowing I had already come so far along!

Photography: Kristen Dee , Florals: Rlove Floral Dress: Patsys Bridal Boutique Venue: the lumen room

Endia Dawkins -Multi-Textural Hair Stylist & Entrepreneur

Remember your ‘Why”. We often get caught up in the daily routine of life and we forget why we even started in the first place. The challenges we face are usually temporary so take some time to clear your mind, remember your “Why” and create a plan and follow though. “A Goal without a plan is just a wish”

Dechelle Roan- Certified Makeup Artist

The best advice I will give someone that is facing an insurmountable challenge is to believe in yourself no matter what and  to surround yourself with a good support system. Never give up and push through.


Ashley Moreno – Dallas Balayage Specialist

We were created to be more than our circumstances. If someone told you, you had to go through this to grow, to change and be evolve, would you see your trials differently? Embrace your struggles as you would your blessings. Have faith, put your best foot forward. This too shall pass.


Krystal Wagner owner of KryzStylz

The best advice I would give someone who is facing a challenge that they may feel is insurmountable, is that confidence is Key. The best thing about yourself is discovering that you have the ability to face any challenge possible with the confidence in yourself that you will get where you want to be in life if you fight hard enough. Success is earned not given. With facing challenges this just serves as a testimony that you can get though any obstacle. I want to leave on the note with saying to the individuals that can water themselves and still pour into others, we make the world go round. Have that confidence that you can do whatever it is! 

Shae Cates- Hairstylist

Nothing is impossible! Hard work and perseverance always pay off! Don’t ever let anyone hold you back and always be your biggest cheerleader!! Even in the most difficult times, never give up! That’s when the magic happens.


Landry Ritchey- professional hair and makeup artist

I feel like I’ve had many challenges in my life that have felt insurmountable, but my biggest one being that I was/am a young single mom of two little girls who are 5 and 3 years old trying  to push through school full time and taking care of my little ones. Most days I was EXAUSTED, well lets be real.. Everyday I was exhausted.

Rebekah Brooks – Actress and Model

If you do what everyone else does, you will have what everyone else has. So be yourself, be different, and do what you love.

Jinna Mann – Mom of two & Chiropractor

Take a deep breath in. Close your eyes. And p a u s e. Then think of 5 things you are thankful for. Things that are going right. The tiniest specks of light in your life. Because gratitude always wins….And we always have things to be grateful for.

Shawnee Cana – Hair stylist & Momma

The best advice I could offer when you feel like you’re facing an insurmountable challenge is to remember that humanity has existed for millions of years and somehow we continue to evolve and overcome impossible odds, and at the end of the day we must always remember all life is temporary. So we must enjoy ourselves throughout our stay and not take life too seriously. Not sure if that’s the best advice but just knowing that life continues to move on with or without me makes me feel very small but also humbled as well. And that makes me laugh at my problems that seem so trivial in the moment.


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