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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.

Shelby Ratliff

I decided I needed another hobby to keep me busy and bodybuilding seemed like a good idea. I had seen one of my friends compete in bikini and I always wanted to do it. I enjoyed working out and I eat fairly clean, so I didn’t think it could be too hard. I was wrong. I found a coach and began the process. I can honestly say if you want to learn about who you really are and how strong you are mentally, then a bodybuilding competition is for you. Read more>>

Katie Goodrich

I loved creating jokes with silly drawings on my notebooks through grade school, creating stories for new characters I would dream up, and attempting a few short comics. These simple comics opened the door to learning the basics of graphic design layouts. I found a wonderful mix of being both a graphic designer and an illustrator as I started my career. Read more>>

Kelsey Gonzalez

An athlete. That was my identity. Through high school and college, I lived for athletics and loved every minute of it. I lived in the St. Louis area where I met the love of my life, and shortly after graduation, got married and began mapping out our life. Graduate, get a job, make money and pay for your lives. Read more>>

Nissa-Lynn Parson

When I was four years old I would spend hours in the middle of the night drawing at my drawing table. When I was around seven, I would spend hours playing Barbie dolls. But it wasn’t the dolls that enthralled me, it was the furniture and tiny home accessories. Read more>>

Ashley Sneed

I love everything about a wedding, but my dream honestly, would be to own a boutique with full bridal couture and offer a “one-stop” shop. This is actually on my five-year business plan. I have always wanted to plan and coordinate them. I started my career in New York City. Read more>>

Jessica Nunn

We now help business owners better understand their business from a financial perspective, so they can spend their time doing what they love, whether it’s practicing medicine or law or building marketing campaigns, and they can feel confident that the business they’ve built is running to the best of its financial ability. Read more>>

Kerry Oldham

My husband’s job took us to San Antonio and later to North Dallas. It is here where I walked into a Zumba class about 2007-08 to see what it was all about. I loved it the minute the music started. It was a dance fitness class with Latin Inspired songs and dances. The music is electric and motivating, not like anything I had ever heard or danced to for that matter. Read more>>

Andrea Boyd

I am an author and lifestyle content creator who empowers the everyday woman to live on purpose and love who God has made her be! When I was 13 years old, my world turned upside down when my dad died suddenly from an asthma attack. Only three months later, my mom passed away the day before my 14th birthday, from a long fight with breast cancer leaving me parentless. Soon after, I moved to Dallas, Texas with my aunt and uncle who were also my Godparents. Read more>>

Saadia Iqbal

I was making cakes for fun and started taking them to parties I would get invited to. After a while, I realized that this was too much work and decided to start charging a little bit. Once I started charging, the orders just started coming in because people felt more comfortable asking me for a cake since they were paying for it. Read more>>

Ankita Bantey

I started Wristem when I realized that there needs to be an easy way to carry your phone around without carrying a bag – our phones should be quickly accessible to us at all times. With the help of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Frisco, I was able to make this business idea a reality. Read more>>

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