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Trailblazers: Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Dabney Poorter

Two years ago, I was featured in Voyage Dallas with my own company Dabney Poorter Nutrition and Wellness. At that time, I had been planning the opening of a multidisciplinary wellness center with my co-founder Taylor Dukes in Fort Worth, Texas. January 4, 2020, we opened Restore and Revive. More about R+R: The dream of Restore + Revive began in 2016 when a Certified Nutritionist and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Read more>>

Nadia Howard

AIDAN was established in 2005 to represent as many people around the world as possible. Our main goal was and is to provide the best professional customer service to our visitors, members and friends. In the beginning, we worked on creating and building products for the future. One thing led to another, many years passed and now we’ve adjusted our thinking to focus on future internet needs. Read more>>

Samantha Mobley

I was born and raised in North Texas. I’ve been an artist since I was a little girl, I would draw on anything I could get my hands on. Being a quiet and sensitive child, art was a perfect outlet for me, and it took up most of my time growing up, as well as having a love of music since I was little. I received my first guitar at age eight and a cherry red electric guitar at age 10. Read more>>

Keenya Hodges

I can remember as far back as being a little girl. I always had this interest in hair. I would take my barbies and baby dolls, cut there hair to try and mimic styles that I would see on television. At 12/13 years old, my mother and sisters began letting me cut and style their hair, and soon, I had begun cutting and styling friends and family’s hair to help my mom pay bills in the house. Read more>>

Annabel Luna-Smith and Ana Maria Oliveros

Ana Maria, my mom, has always been very creative and artistic; she’s created handmade jewelry before. She arrived in the US two years ago and brought with her multiple handmade necklaces. I, Annabel, started wearing them to work and would get so many compliments. One day, I came home and suggested to mom that we should register a company. Read more>>

Victoria Martinez

I left the field and worked in a lot of different fields throughout the years. My Husband, Mago Martinez who does piercings and tattoos introduced me to piercings in 2017, the first day I did about 20 piercings. All were free since I was learning, I wasn’t scared or nervous! I picked up the needle with so much confidence like I’ve been doing piercings for years. Read more>>

Kaitlin Butts

I have always loved singing, and later, playing guitar. I studied music for a couple of years in college but then was anxious to just get out there and start playing anywhere they’d let me. I began playing around OKC, where I was living–playing and writing songs. I got an opportunity to play at the Gypsy Cafe Music Festival in Stillwater. Read more>>

Taylor Dukes

I was originally a trauma ICU nurse and an adrenaline junkie until I got sick. I had a wonderful opportunity to go on a medical mission trip to Ecuador but after that trip, my health greatly declined. I was so sick and was going from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist with no real answers. Read more>>

Jalyn Gordon

It all started with graduate school. I was a first year student in the Masters Program in the African-American Studies Department at Clark Atlanta University. While I loved school and everything about what I was learning, something was missing. I spent more time engaging, researching and helping others build their Life Work than I spent on completing my school work. Read more>>

Stacey Lea

Someone told me long ago, find what brings you joy, then spread the joy. My earliest memories of pure joy involved making doll clothes with my mom, and the family pets. I became interested in fashion design at around 5 or 6 years old watching my mother sew clothes and dance recital costumes for my sister and I. Read more>>

Christen Westcott

I am originally from Cross River, New York. I experienced quite a bit of precipitation growing up, so I jumped at the chance to move to the West Coast and ultimately got my Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California (Fight On, Trojans!) You could say that was the first time I, “looked west.” Read more>>

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