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Trailblazers: Arlington

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Arlington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Bria Borunda

I received so much love and support. Then, one day, a panicked mom reached out to me because the person who was supposed to make her sons first birthday board bailed on her. She asked if I was up for the job, which I certainly was! I was also a little intimidated, but I knew it would be worth it. That was the true beginning of itsbbmade. Read more>>

Rochelle M. Ragas

Baking is still something I really enjoy. I began baking for myself and then for family and friends and said one day “hey, why don’t I give this a shot as a business.” After throwing names out there a friend and I came up with Sweet Shak – and here we are. Read more>>

Erica Davis

I began dabbling in the use of negative and positive space with sharpies and developed a cross-hatch technique that allows me to embed subtle, but the meaningful depth to my work. This new medium proved to be a pivotal transformation in my artistic identity and defined “my style.” Over the years, I have honed my skills into a unique blend of visually stimulating, thought-provoking, and inspiring art. Read more>>

Laura Effiom

I knew I was meant to do more than climb the corporate ladder in some big company. Once I graduated, I went the traditional route and found a job in my field, but I hated it! It wasn’t until I was laid off from that job and I gave birth to my son at the end of 2017 that I finally decided to take my entrepreneurial endeavors seriously. Read more>>

Shureka Ward

I’ve always been drawn to helping others. When thinking of branching out to start my blog (Southern City Lights), the idea originated from my overwhelming love for fashion and beauty but quickly became a bit more defined. I began to realize the equally overwhelming love I had for motivating and teaching others. Read more>>

Tina Meeks

I started my blog on a whim in January 2018. It’s actually something that friends and family had been urging me to start for years, but I always thought it was this big huge thing that I didn’t have time for. Turns out that I was making it more difficult in my head than it actually was. Having an outlet to share my thoughts and experiences on my terms is one of the most liberating things I’ve done for myself in a while. Read more>>

Teresa Tran

I began sharing with my friends and family how great essential oils were benefitting my family. I started using them because I wanted to turn to a more natural lifestyle. Once you experience how powerful Young Living Essential Oils are, it is hard not to share with your loved ones. My team has now grown to over 600 members. Read more>>

Tamesha Berryman

More than Berry’s came about through happenstance. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding a few years ago and I decided to make a fruit tray as a dish for the bridal shower. Presentation is everything to me so I wanted the tray to be unique, delicious and professional in appearance. Read more>>

Camille Thomas

Becoming a stylist was a process birthed out of necessity to provide for my family and a meshing of what I’d always done. Once I graduated from beauty school, it blossomed into a business that allowed me to use all of my God-given talents in one place. Read more>>

Tennielle Clark

Pretty and Perched Coaching was born out from the deepest place in my heart. When I was 316 pounds, I always felt like I took up this type of space where I people could see that I was big but I never felt noticed. I never felt seen. I knew how to take up space around me but not in the ways that mattered. when I had gastric sleeve surgery and lost over 92 pounds, I thought that my life would be different. It was for a moment; I was smaller and took up less space but the attention that I longed for made me feel even more invisible. Read more>>

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