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Trailblazers: Irving

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.

Sweta Das

Being a Banking and Finance professional for more than 6 years, I wanted a break from my monotonous 9 to 5 job. At that moment in time, I wanted to do something which I love and am really passionate about till this day. And this is where Makeup came in. Read more>>

Susie Robb

I was a mom to two young children when my marriage fell apart. I needed to go back to work and with a background in inventory management, I landed a job as a store manager for a small home décor boutique. After a year and a half, I bought the business and just recently rebranded. Read more>>

Ghazel Rashid and Amy Admani

This scattered community came together through events at the Mosque, or through Friday prayers. Although the community was very tight-knit there was a lack of connection and/or events focused only on Muslim women. Seeing this as an opportunity to fill in this gap, we started Jade + Grey. Read more>>

Shari Watt

I’m just a big kid at heart and always have been! I knew I loved all things about learning and couldn’t wait to become a teacher. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Memphis in 2012 and my Master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Western Illinois in 2016. One thing I noticed after teaching for a few years was that people held this certain stereotype of what a teacher should be. Read more>>

Jennifer Nesrsta

In my younger years, I was always doing whatever I could get my hands on such as loom beading, weaving, spinning yarn, woodwork, ceramics, painting, and sketching (usually comics). I continued art in high school and onto college specializing in fine arts with painting as my media of choice. During this time, I had this story that I would work off and on. Read more>>

Bella Jones

I was born and raised in Manchester, U.K. Growing up in the North of England, especially Manchester, you’re surrounded by football (soccer), music and good comfort food (meat and potato pies, chips and gravy, curries). I’m not a huge football fan except going to a few Manchester City matches with my dad, instead, as a child, I took an interest in art. Read more>>

Pavlina Panova

Clarify your understanding of happiness and success and do not put off to be creative and fulfill your dreams. Among all the obstacles you may have, there is always one which overcoming will determine your progress. For me, it was English. Identify your biggest problem and start with it. Read more>>

Megan Knoebel

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>>

Michelle Simmons

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>>

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