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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.

Tina Ames

I first began making soap as a hobby. I loved making up my own recipes, seeing what worked and what didn’t. I was fascinated by the science behind it all. I was hooked! Soon after, I began gifting what I made. From there, friends began requesting more and wanted to give to their friends and family. I never thought of doing this as an actual business. Read more>>

Doreen Heake

I received my MS in Digital Marketing which led me to start a blog as one of our assignments was to develop a business plan for a brand. Once I developed the business plan, I put it into action and haven’t looked back since. Currently, I am the Regional Marketing Conceirge for a mortgage company. Read more>>

Monique Boehme

Teaching women to care about how their products are made, and providing them with a way to both look good and FEEL great – that’s where I thrive. As we like to say, every woman has a dream and every Sseko has a story. Read more>>

Tara Blair

I found CrossFit in college after retiring my collegiate volleyball career in the hopes that it would provide that same competitive atmosphere I had known for so long. It did this and much more. Not only did I fall in love with the sport itself, but found myself a part of a community unlike any other. Read more>>

Jen Gassiraro

A little over a year, I had to hang up my shoes and retired due to multiple knee injuries. I was so upset at first but this actually was the best thing that ever happened to me. That is when I fell in love with the arts. I received my bachelor of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from TCU in 2000 and then decided to pursue my masters at the University of North Texas in painting with a minor in textiles. Read more>>

Deepa Tummala

This was my first entrepreneurial venture and earned me a lot of recognition and satisfaction. I did a lot of innovative work with jewelry, costumes and accessories, and I was passionate about what I was doing. People loved my work and appreciated me which inspired me more. Read more>>

Berty Morales

When I started the blog back in 2012, I knew that if I could inspire at least one woman, I’d be very happy. Little did I know, that several women would identify with me since then! Read more>>

Stephanie Casey

About a year in, I made a goal to get over 10,000 followers on Instagram in just a year, which I achieved. And not too long after that, I realized I could monetize my blog and other social media. Now, I work with brands on a regular basis. All I was striving for was collaborations with brands to get free items when I started my journey. Read more>>

Kelsey Glass

My interest with botanical art in the home started with Pinterest, just moving into my new house I made a couple of maidenhair fern pieces for my home. I pressed the ferns with ease and found the perfect frames. After I had my son, I really wanted to try a figure out a way to stay at home with him. I always had a strong pull towards the arts of every kind and started to think of a creative business idea. Read more>>

Tracy Graham

I decided to start my blog and Instagram as a way to share my home decor style with everyone. It has since morphed into a lifestyle blog where I share recipes, design tips, DIY projects, great restaurant finds, fashion and travel. I have been blessed with a very supportive family and friend group that have helped me grow my business. Read more>>

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