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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.

Vanessa Ayoub

I have always worked and found employment in industries where I am surrounded by creative, encouraging, and fun-hearted people. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I worked for The Round Rock Express and assisted all facets of their franchise. Read more>>

Mica Mackenzie

I’ve always been the creative type, it’s just manifested itself differently over the years. As a child, I loved to sing and dance and play instruments. As a teen, I still loved to do those things, but I also became increasingly interested in this little thing called ‘blogging’ and the social media scene that was starting to take the world by storm. Read more>>

Attara Ketchens

As I’ve always been a lover of art and fashion, it has been my dream to own a clothing store and contribute my creativity to the fashion world. As a little girl, my favorite pastimes were dressing my dolls and taking trips to the shopping center to try on clothes we could not afford. Read more>>

Nicole Reid

Before I began my journey as a blogger and designer, I had this crazy idea that I would open a cupcake shop with my mother. I spent all of my time testing recipes and getting anyone around me to try them. I was so preoccupied with getting this business up and running that I completely neglected to decorate our new home. Read more>>

Annette Ambrose

When I graduated from college, I started flying as a flight attendant for American Airlines. My girlfriends and I started seeing the world at a young age on a penny. We would go to a new country every month or every other month and were living life staying in hostels, meeting new people, making amazing memories. Read more>>

Erin Jones

I ran track and graduated from The University of Oklahoma with my HR masters in 2017. Upon graduating, I decided to move back to Dallas to pursue my career in a bigger city. I have always been obsessed with makeup, fashion, interior decor. Read more>>

Johna Vaughn

My story began in a small town in East Texas called Sulphur Springs, where I was raised. I was born into the beauty industry; a third-generation stylist. I’ve always said it’s been in my blood but my family had other ideas for my future. They knew the trials and hardships that came along with being in this industry. Read more>>

Diana Bannister

My first introduction to healthcare was through my mother. She worked in the hospital first in housekeeping and then as a nurse’s aide. She had a special kind of work ethic and believed that no matter what type of job you had, you should do it with pride and to do the job well. Read more>>

Samantha Burmeister

I’ve always known that I wanted to visit every country in the world but was seeking more of a purpose in doing so, so I started on a pretty common path. I went to college, finished my degrees, and got a job. I sprinkled studying abroad into the college mix, took half a gap year. Read more>>

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