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

Meaghan Dawson

I began to realize that what I was putting my energy into wasn’t giving back as much as I wanted it to. I felt drained, grumpy and like I wasn’t making the best decisions for myself or my family. Looking back, I definitely wasn’t. So, I “retired” and took some time off from. Read more>>

Vanessa Levin

Early childhood education has traditionally been a very isolating profession, but the Internet started to change all that in the early 2000s. As more and more teachers started finding the site, they started making requests for specific content, which I created for them and continue to create today. Eventually, I left the classroom to devote myself full-time to Pre-K Pages, and eventually my membership site, The Teaching Tribe. Read more>>

Lilyan Cole

I started acting in plays & dancing at the age of 3 & at 12, I went to LA with my mom who was taking actors to get agents & I asked my mom if she could help me get one as well. So really, since I was 12, I have hit the ground running. I auditioned and signed with my first talent agent, then was cast in my first runway show and then a small film & one thing lead to the next. Read more>>

Shannon Wright

The excitement and pleasure that I get out of planning and vacationing to the most magical place on Earth is unexplainable and I hope to pass that onto my friends and family by making this dream a reality for them and their children. I started out by looking for something to fill my time during the day while my girls were in school. Read more>>

Liney Chacko

It was then we realized we could not assume that it was “someone else’s job” to fight the monster of injustice. Months later, we came across our first rescue–a child with special needs who was literally enchained during the day and abused at night. She looked all of four years old. We assumed guardianship over little Ruthie and brought her out that nightmare into a home of love and joy. Read more>>\

Kate Heihn

We talked about fast fashion; clothing that was not created to last but a fleeting style that can be thrown away after several wears. Fast fashion is something that destroys our environment as well as effects the humans involved in the process. It was during that conversation something sparked inside both of us as we realized we can do something! We could create a clothing line that is fashionable, fair trade, affordable and transparent. Read more>>

Kristine Schwope

I moved to Dallas in 2000 to work for major convention hotels including the Adam’s Mark (now the Sheraton) and the Anatole — respectively the 6th and 9th largest conference hotels in the U.S. When I first moved here, I knew exactly ONE person and they were over 45 minutes away from where I lived. In an effort to meet new folks, I began to volunteer. I asked around my workplace for suggestions and heard everything from Crystal Charity Ball to young professional auxiliaries. I balanced work with volunteering at Ronald McDonald House once a week and began to meet amazing people who cared about helping others. Read more>>

Layne Elizabeth

I’ve always loved to sing and perform, but my stage fright kept me from sharing it with the rest of the world for a long time. Performing is one of my biggest passions, and I’ve always had an above average music ability, but growing up, I wanted to stay as far away from the spotlight as possible. I wouldn’t sing (even humming was too much for me) in front of anyone. After many years of hiding my gifts, a friend convinced me to do a little show at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum with a few other people in the music industry I knew. Read more>>

Kachina Gosselin

Let’s gloss over the complicated childhood growing up with a single father in Woodstock, New York and skip to the part where I got a scholarship to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) one of the most prestigious technical colleges in the country. Growing up I didn’t have peers who attended and graduated from university. After spending years preparing for the opportunity, I arrived at college feeling a little lost and unsure what major to choose. So, in true fashion, I chose the hardest, and most intriguing, course I could find: Aeronautics and Astronautics. Read more>>

Kaylee Rutland

I’ve always loved music, but was a very shy kid. When I was eight years old, I sang a solo in a church musical – the first really brave moment I’d ever had – and the absolute joy I had while singing on stage, the shyness melting away, has stayed with me ever since. Growing up and throughout high school I would sing anywhere I could: the school choir, the church worship team, and lots of local festivals and gigs. I also started writing my own songs. Read more>>

Cherice Stoltzfus

I felt led to organize a community to bring these women that are in leadership together. To simply provide a place for women leaders to come together in community, collaboration and to partner together in ministries or kingdom-minded businesses. Read more>>

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