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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.

Candace Carter

I am one that wants everything to be perfect but keep in mind when you walk into a restaurant the dining area is organized and nicely put together while normally the kitchen is in shambles. So, like Steve Harvey said: “JUMP” and take that leap of faith. Read more>>

Chelsea Flaming

I learned how to feed desserts to the masses; 10-5,000 people! After years of working hard and learning from other talented chefs, I decided it’s time to show everyone what I have learned! I created Sugar Social in 2016 as a way to bring people together, share memories, and celebrate with specially made desserts. Read more>>

Rachel Lewis

I’d love to start a summer program for my students, put “Little Free Libraries” at all of the neighboring apartment complexes, and work with parents of infant-pre-school aged kids on building literacy before they start school. Read more>>

Taylor Phillips

Photography and design have always been hobbies, so blogging was a natural addition to my life. At the time, the blogging world looked very different (Instagram was brand new) and I have enjoyed watching the space grow into what it is today. After graduation, I moved back home to Dallas, where I work full time in marketing and I am married to my “photographer” Alex. Read more>>

Stephanie Strobl

My passion for photography actually blossomed out of a moment of bridal angst from my sister. Not how you thought this story would begin, huh? Me neither. My sister, who was planning a wedding at the time, was a budget conscious bride and needed some professional photos in order to design her save the dates. I had a “nice camera” and she asked if I could take them for her. Read more>>

Elizabeth Hendershot

Elizabeth Leese was born out of a love for all things bridal and perfect timing. I went to college for fashion design and immediately knew my heart was in bridal. While in school, I began interning for a Dallas designer and was later hired onto the Atelier department. It was a dream job, no doubt, but it became increasingly difficult to work toward someone else’s goals when I had so many of my own. Read more>>

Lisa Reynolds

My journey in the fitness industry sparked from an early passion for movement, dance, and a desire to help others. I had danced all growing up and had discovered group fitness upon stumbling into a dance cardio class my freshmen year of college at Texas A&M University. Little did I know, at the time, I had found what would be my life’s work and greatest passion. Read more>>

Robyn Easley

Hand still raw with pain and a required compression glove, I made way to the model call and landed the opportunity to walk in my very first fashion show, Plus Size Dallas Takeover (April 2018). Thereafter, I was introduced to Presley Sheffield (NaturalState Images), photographer, who shot my first solo photo-shoot over a compilation of 8ball & MJG and Tank. Read more>>

Dawnyale Louriano

I Ioved and cared about. By the strength of the Lord, a job that many told me I was good at. It was totally without notice and it caught me by storm. I did nothing wrong, executed my job description to the best of my ability, but due to a Reduction in Force, my position was eliminated. Read more>>

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>>

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