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Trailblazers: Central Dallas

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 Central Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.


There was a point when three of our four of my Fellas quit the band for various reasons, none bad, practically all at once. There was about a five-month period where it was my guitarist, myself, and literally three different other guys. Every single week. It was exhausting and so discouraging. I had to talk myself out of calling it quits every week. Read more>>

Ashley Friemel

I absolutely love telling my travel stories and helping others to plan their adventures. My objective is to provide beneficial advice and insights through my travel tips, firsthand experience, and itineraries. Keeping travel within the realm of reality for ordinary people is my motto. Read more>>

Dyjuana McDonald

My mom was the one who instilled courage and realness in me. She made sure I knew the truth at all times ‘no matter the circumstances‘ and to always hold your head up and stick with your sister. That structure alone molded me to make it through life obstacles and storms and to understand that GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Read more>>

Adriana Nava

I believe this part of my work is what I am best known for. Most clients I see want a beautiful full set, they want their eyelashes to be noticeable for afar. Being able to provide stylishly, but yet HEALTHY services for people is what sets me aside from others. I take pride in lashing every client that lays on my lashing bed, HEALTHY. Read more>>

Kimberly Kirt

I am a digital media lead generation expert! Whether you are looking to attract new clients to your business through organic or paid tactics, I’ll help you solidify your brand’s presence, message, and then blast that out to the world through an array of marketing tactics. Read more>>

LaShanda Hairston

Girls just want to have fun, why not do a little twerk fitness? What sets me apart from most hip-hop, twerking or dance class is I’m LaShanda and I’m a ball of energy and that’s my power. I have been a girl with a lack of pride, confidence, and self-esteem. I want all women to smile. Read more>>

Meherete Kassahun

I assess what each client needs and put together detailed steps and plans that will simplify the execution of the vision. I then pull together a team of people to work on the project. I am known for being able to recruit a team of people from diverse backgrounds and talents in order to bring the product to life. Read more>>

Amanda Montgomery

I’m known for my Contract Tips Tuesday series that I post every Tuesday on my @amontgomerylawyer Instagram account. These educational posts started out as a weekly routine to encourage me to post more consistently and now they actually have a following. It’s the greatest compliment to me when a potential new client tells me that they love tuning into #contracttipstuesday each week. Read more>>

Ray Goodson

There was a cleaning woman making $2 a week where I volunteered at, and they wanted me to train her on how to become an office manager. She was poor and had only gone to the school through the 4th grade, but I knew she was smart and had passion. Read more>>

Jennifer Blazek

I found great joy in supporting the patients and families at the hospital during their stays. I continued my education and went back to get my post-baccalaureate in elementary education and dove head first into life as a third-grade teacher. I was passionate about helping my students be not only successful academically, but socially and emotionally as well. Read more>>

Mary Meier-Evans

I began to specialize in Grant Writing, and eventually set aside my consulting to work for two Veteran non-profits here in Dallas. My role was to teach these amazing Veterans how to run a non-profit, and I wore a LOT of hats during those years, including content writing for newsletters, web sites, and social media. Read more>>

Christina Perez

In 2014, I started a fashion blog called Eat More Vegetables (EMV). At the time, I was looking for something creative to do while I was in school getting my Bachelors in Marketing. I love fashion and really enjoyed the blogging community. As my time at Dallas Baptist University came to an end, so did my blog. Read more>>

Shatrenia Heiskell

Well  hello I am a proud mother of 2 kings and a queen, my journey all started because I was the 6th child of seven and the way my hair was set up it wasn’t beauty shop material. Now my mother did the best she could but because I was a part of the second set of children I believe she was tired,  sorry mom I love you though! Read more>>

Michelle Marbel Torres

I went back to school to pursue my MBA. Now, with only a semester left in Grad School, I will be graduating with a Masters in Business Administration. As far as my goals, this was the main one towards my main objective of becoming an entrepreneur. Today, I am happy to announce that I am the business owner of Vivify Boutique and extremely excited for the future comings. Read more>>

Justine Hernandez

I got into modeling! But that doesn’t complete my story, my whole life everyone would ask me about my style, where I got my clothes from and how to wear certain pieces! That’s what gave me my idea to start a blog/channel which turned into my brand. Read more>>

Roxanne Carne

I was fortunate enough to land internships with key celebrity stylists in the Los Angeles entertainment realm. Through this experience, I got exposure to styling for magazine shoots & editorials, pulling limited samples from top designer PR firms, securing relationships with studio services, costume houses, and so much more. Read more>>

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