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 Irving that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Finding time and energy to paint and do freelance work while I had a high-demand salary design job was really exhausting, so I enjoy the flexibility I have with my business. Before I owned my own business, I would find myself constantly determining my own value based on what my superiors or co-workers would say or do to me, no matter how great the work was that I produced. Read more>>
Grace and Sherrie Lee-Dennis
Yet life had its moments, I continued working in the corporate world for the next ten years. Through this time, I was still baking and creating edible works of art as a passion. Then in 2017, I met the man of my dreams who encouraged me to pursue my passion when my corporate job as an executive was being sourced out of the country. Read more>>
I moved to Dallas three years ago from Miami via Atlanta to continue advancing my career and discovered my passion. I am a Division Vice President of Implementation at a healthcare staffing firm and have been in the staffing industry for eight years. Read more>>
I’ve lost over 100 lbs and have kept the weight off for six years. No surgery, No pills, No dieting. I’m 61 years old, I go to the gym six days a week. I’m not on ANY MEDICATION at all, and I eat healthily. My journey didn’t start off wanting to get fit, it started because I wanted to save my life. Read more>>
What I would share with any woman – younger or older – is that you are limitless. I think our society is so quick to put people in boxes and marry them to their triumphs and/or tragedies to the point it doesn’t leave space for growth. I never want to look back and be the same person I was at 25 as I’m going to be at 40. Read more>>
I spent a weird few years after, kind of just letting life go with the flow, I wasn’t really happy with how my life was going. I got a job as a Pharmacy Tech and worked at a pharmacy for three years, then got laid off, and tried getting a new job in the same field, and ended up realizing that I didn’t even want to be doing any of this, there was no joy in it. Read more>>
Getting to where I am today was and is full of low moments, joyful moments and a lot of in between. Thankfully, God and my family never gave up on me. Growing up, I was kind of introverted and I kept to myself, for the most part, I didn’t really show my outgoing side until I was comfortable with you. Read more>>
I would take photos of flowers, roads, trees, lamps and go back home and edit them on Canva while adding music lyrics to them. These photographs would then become my laptop screensavers. I would change it daily to a new photograph with lyrics to inspire me to do my best for the day and motivate me to survive the day calmly. Read more>>
Honestly, I can say with any business things will not come easy. You will have some very great months and then you’ll have some slow ones. I advice to never give up or feel down even when times get hard, always stay focus, network and promote yourself constantly. Read more>
As I began to do my research, I discovered that the standards of beauty set forth by society had morphed into something entirely different than what I had remembered. Not only plus size, but acceptance of all things different was now in demand. Read more>>