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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.

Michelle Rushing

After year two, I branched off again into my own suite and that is where Natural Tapestry resides today, in Richardson, Texas. The business is continuing to grow by word of mouth and the next stage is bringing in another stylist or barber who not only work with but more importantly appreciate the beauty of black hair, who are business minded and ready to build something and learn together. Read more>>

Nikki Steele

Although I had my hands full with being a stay at home mom, turning my passion into a legitimate business was always in the back of my head, I just didn’t have the time to dedicate myself to it. Then came baby number two, our daughter, Sophia. I had two under two – life was crazy and hectic so any dream of me becoming a photographer was put on the back burner as I tended to my little babies. Read more>>

Whitney Waller

I am inspired by nature and travel and am an avid collector of the earth’s simple treasures. I was “that” kid with rocks in her pockets, a bug collection, dried flowers, and leaves pressed in books, and bits of paint on every surface and article of clothing. Read more>>

Gina Scheer

One of my favorite things about my former job was developing people. Getting to know them, discovering their unique gifts, guiding them through obstacles and celebrating their successes. And with my new career as a book consultant, I get to do exactly that! Read more>>

Katie Phillips

Even though I loved being away and experiencing new things, I still didn’t feel like I had a sense of purpose. I needed to get back to Texas and figure it out. My mom, knowing me better than anyone, kept mentioning the Paul Mitchell School in Dallas. I took a tour and immediately knew that this was where I needed to be to help me transition to do what I was called to do. Read more>>

Lakyn Garza

I found myself in the middle of a dance floor dancing bachata (a genre of Latin American dance) with a gentleman that my good friend Nelson introduced me to. I had always wanted to learn but never really had the time or confidence to just start classes alone. Read more>>

Addie Gibson

As a young girl, I LOVED to read [still do] and I could never find enough bookmarks to go with all my books… so I would simply make them. Seemed like a solution to my problem at the time and I think that’s what motivated me to start making things by hand.  Read more>>

Mimi Hawkins

As I worked my job as a financial aid officer at Aladdin Beauty College, I found my love for hair and the beauty business. After parting ways with Aladdin Beauty College, I began working with another company in their accounting department. This would be my last job prior to pursuing a path into my entrepreneurial endeavors. Read more>>

Desiree Hamlin

The Queen Project is a blog where self-worth, creativity, and God’s love are elevated! I am committed to sharing my personal story in a relatable way, and to share what I am learning in life. I also advocate for knowing your worth! Knowing your worth is so important because it can determine how you perceive yourself, how you treat others and the decisions that you make. Read more>>

Simmy Hassan

For as long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about blogging. I remember being infatuated with MySpace, Tumblr, and Xanga. I would teach myself how to code and make my page legit. I would even get paid in high school to spice up my peers MySpace pages. Read more>>

Lea Toshiye

I have ALWAYS really, really cared how others viewed me. But I decided, from that point on, to live my life how I wanted and not care about peoples opinions. I got a point where it was me or them. I was either going to stay in a box that people and society put me in and be miserable for the rest of my life, or I was going be happy and free and LIVE. Read more>>

Kristin O’Neal

I require a certain amount of complexity in my work to stay engaged, aka I get bored easily. Out of college, I excelled in sales and sales management roles in Southern California. When I moved to Dallas, I had to learn the culture of the new city plus the culture of sales. Read more>>

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