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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.

Natalia Borja

I was born in California (Chula Vista). I got started performing when I was really little – I think my mom said I came out of the womb performing (singing, shouting, you name it!). When we moved to Texas in 1995, I got involved with a local community theatre in Brownsville and started to do the youth shows there. Eventually, I moved up to doing mainstage work. Read more>>

Lolita Harris

My story starts on the Southside of Chicago, as a young girl with humble beginnings growing up in an area infested with: single-family homes, domestic violence, sexual abuse, family dysfunction, drugs, alcohol and prostitution…just to name a few. With all of the chaos around me, I only wanted better. However, in my home and community, I couldn’t see what I wanted so I had to find what I desired. Read more>>

Alex Francis

I started Bona Blends after years of frustration with the natural hair care selections available to me and my three daughters. Though advertised as “natural” the available products contained ingredients that were harmful for me and my family’s curly hair types and overall health. Unwilling to sacrifice my health for beautiful curls. Read more>>

Danni Phan

I consider myself late to the game. Only about three years ago, my nail tech career started when I helped my brother look after his nail salon while he was on vacation. I was fortunate enough to be able to put all my focus on doing nails, how to improve the quality, making it long lasting, and how to do designs on dip powder nails. Read more>>

Carrie Stevens

I am a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist in the Plano Independent School District. Helping others has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I grew up in Plano, Texas and attended schools in PISD from kindergarten through 12th grade. My mother and father were both educators and were always my biggest support system. I am truly blessed to have amazing, caring family and friends in my life. Read more>>

Katie Wallace

I’ll tell my sustainability superhero-esque origin story. Almost 11 years ago, I was running around some not so great parts of Memphis with some not so great people. I get a phone call from my mom and she says, “There are US Marshalls here and they’re looking for you”. Read more>>

Angi Burns

I began acting at the age of four and continued to study Theatre in high school and college. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Theatre and Broadcast Communication and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. I taught public school Speech. Read more>>

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