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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.

Sumontip Phommahaxay

Tuk & Weave began with my love of textiles and handmade goods along with fond memories of growing up in Bangkok, Thailand. Traveling around the world, eating good food, and browsing local markets has always been my passion. Throughout my travels, I’ve collected so many ideas. Read more>>

Joyce Ekworomadu

I started playing basketball in Irving at ten years old against boys. It became a passion of mine so much that I had dreamed about playing in the WNBA. However, being a daughter of Nigerian parents they were not too keen on me being a girl playing sports and encouraged me to only focus on my academics. Read more>>

Agnes NKhata-Blackwood

I am from a place that is considered the richest and also poorest in the world. Malawi, Africa. It is rich in natural resources yet very poor economically. This is why my amazing mother, Helen Zimba, The award-winning HIV/AIDS activist, took a chance and moved us to USA when I was about seven years old. Read more>>

Tova Sido

I was raised here in Dallas – with one dream – to be a mom. From 2000 – 2005, I gave birth to a still born, had a miscarriage and gave birth to a son, Charlie in 2003 that I buried the same year and another baby girl named Louisa I gave birth to in 2004 and buried in 2005. Read more>>

Camille Corales

I would like to start off my story talking about when I first moved to Dallas in October 2018 from Houston. I would say the year of 2018 was the most challenging year for me. It was the first time I didn’t plan my life because I wanted to be a bit more “spontaneous” with where I was heading after college. Read more>>

Bali Mendels

I was born and raised in England in a very traditional Indian household that was extremely old school, it was requirement in my Indian culture that we know how to cook all Indian authentic Punjabi foods, I was taught from the age of 10. How I got here today was kinda crazy, I currently work full time as a Mortgage Production Manager with Supreme Lending. Read more>>

Amber Oputa

I moved to Dallas in 2012 after graduating with a Master of Science in Business Management from Wake Forest University in North Carolina (where I was born and raised). My first corporate job is what sparked the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, and I immediately fell in love with the city. I always had a passion for entrepreneurship. Read more>>

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