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 North West Dallas below.
I have wanted to be a counselor since I was young. I was first introduced to the field of psychology early on by my grandfather, who is a licensed clinical psychologist. Some kids played with toys at that age, but growing up in a psychologist’s office meant I played with testing materials. Throughout my time in his office, I got to see first hand what he did for people and how helpful they found his work. I always was drawn to finding a career equally as fulfilling. After getting to college, I found a passion for psychology, as well, which lead me to complete a bachelor’s then a master’s. All the while having a clear path of wanting to help people through therapy. I specialized early on in addictions counseling. This was a population of people that I found to feel connected too. Read more>>
I started Recycle Revolution in 2008, while I was finishing my undergraduate degree in Political Science at UTD, interning as Assistant Campaign Director at the Texas Campaign for the Environment, selling camping equipment at REI, and tending bar (and washing dishes!) at bars in Lower Greenville and Exposition Park. It was a busy time! But I was passionate about our Mission and super motivated to create something that I could put my whole head & heart into. I’d spent four years in my late teens and early 20’s backpacking, working, and living in Central & South America, and the way people valued resources in those parts of the world was something that really stayed with me and is still with me to this day (I spend about half of my year each year guiding trips in Brazil, where I am currently). Read more>>
Seven years ago, Doug Pickering left behind the world of Wall Street to pursue his passion for Texas barbecue. Since that time, the BBQ Pit-master has become a serious player in the Texas BBQ scene racking up honors, including Best Chef in Dallas, Best New Restaurant in Dallas and one of the Top 10 New BBQ Restaurants in Texas. After an 11-year stint as Head Trader for a Dallas-based Hedge Fund, Pickering left to start DWP BBQ, a catering and BBQ school in Dallas. He became well-known for teaching locals how to sharpen their grill skills with full tutorials on the art of great BBQ.Â. He then served as Head Pit-master for WORK Bar and Grill in Deep Ellum and then Headed Pit-master and Catering Manager for NL Group/Headington Companies where he managed large-scale catering programs for Dallas-area hotels. Read more>>
My mom and I, along with my twin brothers, moved to Dallas in 1978 when I was just 16 years old. We drove from New York to Vegas and then back towards Houston, where our old junk car made its final mile when it broke down. We had little money and even fewer resources. We stayed at a motel in Richardson. My mom, now 87, lives in Richardson to this day. Having grown up around a Brooklyn-born father with a 7th-grade education who was in and out of prison-made life challenging. The trip that eventually led us to Dallas while running away from him quickly became our salvation. Read more>>
The start of my business was very accidental. It was the most spontaneous decision I made, and I am glad I did. Let me give you a little backstory about myself. I moved to the united states when I was nine years old, and my first American Christmas, my parents got me a little purple sewing machine. I was so excited, I spent hours on YouTube learning to sew and my dolls had new outfits every day. When I outgrew the mini machine, I got my first big girl machine and I started making clothes for myself and my family members. Being self-taught, I was not confident in my skills to make clothes for other people so I would always say no when they asked. My mom got me my first clients who wanted custom dashiki tops in different colors, and she would take preorders so I had no choice but to make them. It was a cunning plan, but it worked. Read more>>