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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.

Nicole Smith

Through months of job searching and interviewing, I decided to pick back up a little hobby and side gig that I did during college, which was remaking vintage “mom jeans” into high waisted shorts. This time around, it took off more than before, and I quickly realized my love of owning my own business! Read more>>

Carolyn and Andy McGlennon

Working together we combine our talents to create a variety of unique high design pieces. Each piece we complete is unique to itself; using materials, we have carefully chosen and worked with enthusiasm and love. Read more>>

Tammy Kling

I believe every human should make an impact. Some don’t until their experiences define them to take action.15 years ago I began working with the homeless on the streets and under bridges teaching a workshop called The Conversation, in shelters, out of a desire to help men overcome their setbacks. Read more>>

Katty Strite

I have helped in the production of feature songs recorded in Nashville and worked with top-tier studio musicians. These experiences have given me familiarity and special insight into this competitive industry. Read more>>

Hope “Pinkky” Sanders

My goal is to spread the Pink hair across many screens everywhere. I hope to impact the people around me by giving them a platform they usually would not have to get their message across and spread their hustle. Read more>>

Jeanine Tillman

I realized I had many talents. I could draw, dance sing, articulate well with others, and most things I put my hands to I was successful at them. However, there was always something holding me back called the past. I found myself desiring to be more but could never bring myself to do it. Read more>>

Shilah Phillips

My health and life had many ups and downs, but I decided not to let it get me down or make me give up! I am just a normal girl with hopes and dreams determined to succeed. The door was not opened, so I decided to paint my own door and open it. Read more>>

Elle Smith

I’ve been in the hair industry for (almost) 8 years. My journey began after working in dead-end administration jobs; I didn’t graduate college & had my first son at 18. I felt aimless in a multitude of ways. I moved back in with my parents & decided to enroll in cosmetology school. Read more>>

Leslie Purdy

My glass journey has included two full-immersion studies under glass masters at the Pilchuck International Glass School (founded by Dale Chihuly) and hours of personal study and works in my studio. Read more>>

Tiara Fizer

I was taught “the system” which is to go to school and get your education, graduate and attain a degree and then go straight to the workforce. In the workforce, I was taught to work hard, get in with the “right” people, work overtime for “the man”, and make the moves necessary to get promoted to the next level. So, I did just that! I went to a top D1 college and graduated and on time! I got a job working at Fortune 500 companies and began to excel very quickly in addition to gaining valuable experience. Read more>>

Daisha Board

The creation of BLACK SHEEP ART CULTURE was started with an outlet needed to escape from modern-day stresses. I wanted to engage myself and more importantly, my three children on the artists who have stories they’ve never heard. It allowed my children to express themselves openly and honestly. It was quite therapeutic for us all. I began posting to social media our art excursions in the Dallas Fort Worth area. We visited museums, galleries & festivals throughout the city and the one common denominator that other art enthusiasts would point out is sheer surprise of OUR presence. Read more>>

Jeanelle Staffel

I started this boutique because I love making women feel beautiful and confident in what they wear! It all started when I took a job in retail while in college. I was a personal stylist as well as the store merchandiser. I was just looking to make some money when I wasn’t in class. Read more>>

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