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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.

Jessica Haims

I came to yoga about eight years ago when I was a competitive ballroom dancer and I was looking for cross-training to improve my dance skills. My friend took me to class and the first half I HATED it. The room felt like a million degrees, it was the hardest thing I had ever done, and I never realized how hard it is to take a deep breath ;).  Read more>>

Alix Barth

I grew up spending a lot of time with my Italian Grandmother who was way ahead of her time when it came to treating the body holistically – mental, physical and emotional. She taught me so much about how foods can heal us and hurt us. Read more>>

Amy Hayes

We found out that he had a brain tumor 10 hours before he passed away. Up until that day, he was the perfect, healthy little sweet boy. I found myself lost in a world I didn’t know what to do in anymore since I was a stay at home mom and overwhelmed with grief. To work through my grief, I began painting pretty much anything I could get my hands on. Read more>>

Ashley Smith

I have always enjoyed helping people, and when I discovered the world of speech-language pathology at Oklahoma State, it was a naturally perfect fit. No one can know where life will take them, and I certainly wouldn’t have predicted the path mine has followed. Read more>>

Jessica Turner

I started off doing theatre in middle school. I attended George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy from the ages of 4-14. There, I learned what it was like to really be an artist and to want to explore a life that had nothing to do with four core subjects. From there, it was only right that I attend Booker T. Washington High School for The Performing and Visual Arts. Read more>>

Linn Daugherty

Being adopted, I was obviously different from everybody around me – physically, emotionally, socially, and genetically. I felt like I was a piece put into the wrong puzzle box. Which triggered this resistance and distrust inside my gut to not rely on my peers, my family, or the mirror to tell me who I am. Read more>>

Debbie Ruegsegger

My artistic motto is “Everyone has a story to tell”. A storyteller by nature, I started my artistic journey as a theatre artist. As the first person in my family to have the opportunity to attend college, I studied at Hardin-Simmons University where I was the first woman to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. Read more>>

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