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Trailblazers: East 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 East Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kelly McElveen

Many years ago, when I was about seven years old. My mom decided to go back to school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. I watched her help hundreds of people the last two decades. She was so inspiring that I wanted to continue to carry on the legacy of helping people with my hands. Read more>>

Julie Long

I started my little dairy goat farm a few years ago. My husband and I have always enjoyed farming and ranching with memories being made in Oklahoma and Texas. Since our kids are now grown and have families of there own, we decided to fill some time by raising milk goats. Read more>>

Mess Wright

I started a STEM-themed party room in 2010, so my own children and their friends would have a smart place to learn and play. I wanted programs that welcomed the curious (and often atypical) kids and celebrated their quirks while nurturing their sense of curiosity and self-confidence. Read more>>

Sarah Matthiesen

The name is inspired by Sarah’s grandmother’s long time cake business in Shreveport, LA, The Cake House. She has always loved cooking and decided when she was pregnant with her first child she would learn how to make and decorate sugar cookies for his or her birthdays and special events. Read more>>

Skylar Huett

My career in skincare began in 2012 at Aveda Institute in Dallas. I was still struggling to clear my skin at 20 years old and I was OVER IT. I decided to take matters into my own hands, so I could clear my skin and do the same for others with the same struggle. Read more>>

Courtney Anderson

Arrowwood Designs started out as a hobby back in 2012 when I made jewelry to build my portfolio for my dream job at Anthropologie. It slowed down because I got the job (yay!), but I kept it up as a hobby making jewelry and macrame wall hangings for friends and Etsy shoppers. Read more>>

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