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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Kayla Jackson

I’ve always had a desire to serve others. As a child, I dreamed of being a nurse and would often perform “procedures” on my grandmother while she took her afternoon nap. These routine procedures typically involved covering my grandmother’s legs with an entire bottle of body lotion and then applying toilet paper. At the age of 5, I honestly thought I was performing major surgery. Read more>>

Jessica Craig Pinzon

My career in the interior design industry began as a sales representative for a family business, Innovations in Wallcoverings, based out of Soho, NY. I needed a job and went showroom to showroom with my resume and was connected by an established and respected industry professional Roger Mathis whom I’m forever grateful for and have sought repeatedly to maintain this generous connected spirit. Read more>>

Megan Mendez

I am a native of San Antonio, Texas, specifically Alamo Heights—or as locals call it, “the bubble.” I graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall, a private college preparatory school, where I fell in love with photography, film, and digital media. Immediately after graduation, I moved to Austin, Texas, to intern for a family friend and non-profit lobbyist, Suzii Paynter. Read more>>

Kayla Hawk, Ciara Ray and Emily Enders of Sundays Bakeshop

The idea of owning a business together has been present since our freshman year of college at OU. Ciara decided to dedicate her time to finding the best CCC recipe, and Sundays became our day to bake and hang out and catch up. When we were deciding what we want to do with our lives, the idea of Sundays started forming. Read more>>

Kayla Edereka

I have always had a passion for helping others reach their potential. At the core, I see it as me giving back what so many gave to me. This passion started as far back as high school and continued into college, then into my full-time corporate career. When I started a career in Human Resources, this knowledge helped me tap into that passion even further. Read more>>

Sybil Summers

In 2001, I called into an overnight show on KYNG- 105.3 FM (The Talk That Rocks Texas). Turns out, they needed an intern and I was going to school for media so I got the gig. After a few shuffles of the deck, I’m still with the company 19 years later. I’m fortunate to host afternoon drive at our iconic sister station, 98.7 KLUV. Through the decades, I’ve also had the opportunity to be an emcee for the Dallas Cowboys. Read more>>

Eunice Jones

I was born and raised in Oklahoma City and is the only girl with five brothers. I graduated in 1997 from John Marshall HS. I was a nurse for 11 years until I began my passion for helping people with Life Coaching. I am an ordained minister and has been serving the Lord in ministry for nearly 20 years. I am a mother of four beautiful children and reside in Dallas. Read more>>

Laura Westerlage

I grew up in the Presbyterian Church and one summer when I was 16 years old, our youth group visited The Stewpot, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church Dallas, for a week long mission trip. It was my first encounter with a urban outreach program and definitely my first time interacting with someone who was experiencing homelessness. Read more>>

Tejal Bhikha

Ever since I was a kid, I was an entrepreneur. I just loved the feeling of creating something that sparked emotion in people enough for them to want it. As I got older, I became intrigued by makeup and once I entered university, I finally felt the freedom to express myself creatively with makeup. As I delved deeper into my passion for makeup. Read more>>

Deve Sanford

She was influenced by her international upbringing and travels, the importance of being culturally aware and having a global perspective resonated with Deve at an early age and became the driving force that led to her career path. Enjoying many strategic alliances around the world, Deve discovered a way to merge her expertise in business with her passion for creativity. Read more>>

Margaret Hulse

I opened Mpulse Studio in 2014. I was in Austin at the time, working on what I considered my artist dream job—designing a large scale piece of art for a prominent commercial property. I got caught in a #metoo situation with one of the project leads and I had two choices: sacrifice my integrity, safety, and dignity or walk away from the job with nothing to show for the months of work that I’d poured my heart and soul into. Read more>>

Erin Leibfarth

I had decided I needed to pay off my car faster, so I started working wine tastings as a side hustle. I have always been in a sales role, so that part of the business came easy to me. Of course, I also considered myself a great consumer of wine, so that part came naturally too! I just loved every second of my wine tastings. While working wine tastings in the stores, I built some great relationships with the wine stewards, sales reps, and customers too. Read more>>

Tiffany Mahon

Modest Muse originated at a table of women brought together with genuine conversation and uplifting energy seeking to help heal women so we can utilize our powers as powerful women. About a year ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life to leave behind an engagement to an NFL “wife” lifestyle and have faith to start over with nothing. Read more>>

Fatimah Valentin

Fashion + Jewelry has always been a passion of mine. Being of Middle Eastern descent, my mother had the most amazing vintage jewelry from exotic parts of the world. A world that the Jewelry helped me dream through since I was born in the U.S. and raised in Oak Cliff, TX in a hard, working-class immigrant family. Read more>>

Jhase Kennedy

I got started pretty randomly, to be honest, I knew I didn’t want to have a “regular job” for the rest of my life because I hated being told what to do etc. I figured if I got a trade, this would be my best bet. Read more>>

Camp Bond

I’ve been a music producer since I was 14 years old. I started off making beats with my cousin Brayson. He taught me how to structure a song. I was in the band in high school (Cedar Hill High School). I was in Drumline. I started in the music industry producing music for the artist in Dallas, such as Liv Free, Kaos Caine & Jayson Lyric and more. Read more>>

Dafna Revah and David Palatnik

In 2013, we opened a traditional smoke shop in St. Louis, MO. After that, we began attending various trade shows and learning more about CBD and Kratom products. At the same time, customers were coming into our store and asking if we carried the products. Due to customer demand, we began selling these products in our store in 2014. Read more>>

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