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Trailblazers: Plano

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

Dajuanay Phillips

I was born and raised in Detroit for the majority of my life. I moved to Texas to attend The University of North Texas (UNT) with my mom and brothers. My story was different from a lot of friends I had. I never really had a close relationship with my dad. Read more>>

Reed McDonald

Born to Parents Terry & Jami McDonald I grew up in Mckinney, Texas just like my father and attended Mckinney High School. From ages 8-12, I modeled and acted for various brands including JCPenney in their Christmas Magazine, Belk, and Hasbro. Read more>>

Yen Pham

This is sort of lengthy but I feel like it might help some people who are interested in pursuing their creative passion projects, so here goes! During the end of my senior year in high school, I decided to create a food Instagram to post all the food pictures. Read more>>

Sudha Srinivasamoorthy

I am an Engineer and I was working in an IT firm as a Web page developer for seven years before taking a break. Baking has been my creative outlet and hobby. It all started around 2013 when I started trying out basic recipes and started baking simple cakes in a pressure cooker and sharing with friends from the office. Read more>>

Elizabeth Watkins

For as long as I can remember, serving others has been important to me. Several years ago, I came across this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?” His words have had a profound impact on me. I sincerely believe that we have been put on this earth to live beyond ourselves. Read more>>

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