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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.

Isabel Peacock

I saw art classes as elective courses and did take art in middle, high school and college. I actually ended up finishing prerequisites for nursing school and acquired a minor degree in Science. After that, I took a break from school and had my second child in 2016. Being home with a newborn, I found myself exploring social media and being drawn to modern calligraphy pages. Read more>>

Ifeoma Ahuna

Four years ago, I moved to Dallas not knowing anyone in hopes of changing up my scene and starting anew. I am originally from Houston, Texas and I grew up in a smaller town called Richmond, Texas. It was there that I developed my yearning to explore, dream big, and achieve my goals. Read more>>

Barbara Robinson

I love to draw. As a child, I created my own books and illustrations just for fun and started taking art classes. In college, I pursued a Graphic Design degree. My art background, coupled with a slightly warped mind, led me to start my first nasty greeting card business. The cards were meticulously inked by hand on card stock. Read more>>

Brittany Payton

Becoming The Honest RD came after becoming a wife, mom while maintaining my position in corporate wellness and still teaching fitness class but feeling like I was failing at all of the above because I was failing in keeping up with my own health while finding my own rhythm in life. Read more>>

Samantha Hernandez

My art journey started in high school (John Paul II High School in Plano). I had an amazing teacher, Mr. Steed, who opened the door to the art world to me. I just wanted to make art all the time. More specifically, I wanted to create stories with my art. I focused on and studied illustrations from old children’s stories. Read more>>

Patti Meyer

After several years in corporate retail management, my love of theater led me to a job at a non-profit theater in San Francisco. While I started as a lighting and sound tech, I quickly moved behind the scenes of the business and became the Volunteer Coordinator and Program Director, and eventually the Operations Manager. Read more>>

Katie Clark

I started in the classroom as a first-year teacher seven years ago. When I was applying for jobs, I remember wondering if I was ready to be an adult, to have a career. I was completely terrified and I didn’t know if I could handle it all. I spent the entire weekend before my first day of school scripting out exactly what I was going to say. Read more>>

Ann Taylor

Determination and grit are two things I learned from my parents. My 13+ years of experience has spanned across relationship management, credit, program management and product at two top financial institutions. I worked diligently towards my career goals and I always had my eye on the next promotion. Read more>>

Mitzi Nelson

Playing “house” was one of my siblings and my favorite childhood pastime. The couch and sofa made perfect cars completed by couch pillows as our steering wheels. Our parents were both educators and knew the importance and value of unstructured play. The beautiful landscape of the expansive ranch where I grew up provided an idyllic backdrop for hours of pretend play. Read more>>

Dr. Gina Pazzaglia

Most call me Dr. Gina. My goal is helping others learn to “Rewrite your Script.” This is not only the theme at my agency, Restorative Alternative Wellness but a personal story of rewriting my own life script. I was raised in an environment of domestic violence from a mentally ill mother. I married early, believing I would change the world, only to realize the world I faced as a child followed me into adulthood. Read more>>

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