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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.

Angelica Lopez

Ever since I was old enough to dress myself, I loved to step outside the box with fashion. In high school I started to really appreciate and grow fond of all things vintage. I loved the idea that all of the clothes and jewelry had a story to tell and a previous life to showcase. Read more>>

Vicky Andres

While living in Denton for college, I took part in starting a print magazine company where I was the Editor-in-Chief for over four years. That experience introduced me to so much—I produced 17 print magazines, managed a team of 30+, art directed photoshoots, curated content, and built an international list of contributors. Read more>>


Writing music was more than just a hobby at this point for me. I was going through a lot in my life and music was something that remained constant. So I filled stacks of journals with lyrics and ideas for years until I found the words for this EP. That’s where this project came from. Read more>>

Bemnet Meshesha

Every opportunity for me to serve and lead in Dallas has largely been informed by the hard truths I learned from those two pivotal experiences and the many wonderful people that have guided and encouraged me along the way. In short, I am a proud Dallasite, by way of Ethiopia! Read more>>

Kali Measures

While starting a business can be frightening and intimidating, I was amazed at how fast I fell in love with being an entrepreneur. Kindle and Gather grew faster than I could have ever imagined! I began working with the most darling couples who were kind enough to take the chance on a start up wedding planner. Read more>>

Deah “DeDe” Berry Mitchell

When she’s not developing recipes Berry Mitchell, a self proclaimed food-enthusiast, enjoys traveling, entertaining friends and family at home, planning events and writing. Deah volunteers with a local nonprofit, FEED Oak Cliff, and works within the community to increase awareness of food deserts and health equity. Read more>>

Tani Lamb

Once upon a time in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, there was a little girl who had a playroom furnished with a set of World Book encyclopedias, and a plethora of Barbie Styling heads. This was the beginning of my journey. I loved reading, history, and geography from a very early age. Read more>>

Crystal A, Paulette A, Nikki I, Michelle N and Jori Y

Our topics are relatable to both male and females listeners. We’ve always been those group of girls where no matter where we are it always wrapped up in an intense discussion. It’s always garnered the same response from people, “I would love to be a fly on the wall during y’all’s conversations. Read more>>

Christina Vargas

After many years in corporate america I began a journey of self-discovery. At first and like most, my yoga practice was for physical benefit and to de-stress from the toxic work environment. It didn’t take long before my practice allowed for deeper inquiry and I began to question my purpose in life. Read more>>

Tori Webb Pendergrass

I’ve always known I was an artist. Once I graduated from Kansas City Art Institute with a bachelor’s degree in painting and drawing, I started teaching. Children’s art is a great form of inspiration for me. Their mark-making and color choices constantly inform my creations. Read more>>


Art has always been a part of my life, ever since I could pick up a pencil or paintbrush. I grew up loving different styles of art but the most intriguing to me was tattoo designs. I developed the dream of being a tattoo artist; constantly drawing tattoo art. Read more>>

Polla Corral

In a beautiful way, I flourish as I become familiar with people’s stories. It helps me know myself a little bit better while also seeing that there’s bigger picture and we’re all part of that mosaic! I think that all of those elements set the stage for what I do at LOVE in Motion. Read more>>

Shauna Robertson

I have always been surrounded by fashion and beauty. Growing up I would watch my mom, grandmother and aunts dress in the latest fashions and set beauty trends. Beauty and fashion has always been a huge part of my life. Read more>>

Tischell Ethridge

I’ve always been a motivator. I’m a firm believer in fulfilling your purpose. While many search for years to find their purpose, I believe that my purpose in life is to help people become better versions of themselves. Read more>>

Lori Lesniewski

I’m definitely not the stereotypical studio owner that was a fitness fanatic throughout life and followed their dream to owning their own studio. My story is more one of perseverance and passion. I actually was introduced to barre in NOLA when I moved down there to get married. Read more>>

Shaila Denise Hipolito

I really wish I could answer with some type of cool story about how it was my destiny or my calling! Obviously, it wasn’t quite like that! I mean, I’ve always been an “artsy” child growing up. Any type of art, I did it, I loved it and I continue to pursue it til this day. Read more>>

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