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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.

Jumana Allan

I always had an interest in real estate, but it was always “never the right time” I graduated from UTD with my bachelors degree in Business Administration in 2012. Right after graduation, I helped my husband manage his businesses. Read more>>

Amber Krisher

I grew up in a small town in Texas. I knew at an early age that I desired to work in a business atmosphere and run companies. The opposition I faced was a lack of knowledge of how to get there. Read more>>

Ja’Tarrieha Brinkley

I grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and when I was old enough I moved to Dallas, Texas.In the beginning I grew up with a single mother, but my father came around every so often I don’t have much of a memory of him in my youth. Read more>>

Nicole Queen and Monica Traverzo

I (Nicole Queen) used to create videos on YouTube about Islam from the perspective of being a convert, a native Texan who used to be a Christian. I used to get a pretty good response and knew that people enjoyed listening to those discussions so I approached my good friend Monica. Read more>>

Elyse Harlow

Working with my hands in some way has been a lifelong stress reliever for me. I was taught to sew at a young age, and I taught myself cross stitch as a kid. About 10 years ago, I took up embroidery as well. I became aware of how much I was using it to unwind, disconnect and recharge. Read more>>

Jaqueline Michelle

I have dedicated my life to my own personal growth, healing, and ability to connect intimately with myself. This hasn’t always been the case, however. While I did have a very beautiful and relatively normal childhood, I did experience years of sexual abuse for many years through-out most of my life. Read more>>

Tiffany Taliaferro

As a 25-year-old, I am currently a fashion/lifestyle blogger and online boutique owner, both of which have been dreams of mine for years! It’s crazy to say I’m doing everything that I love, and still pursuing even bigger goals, but it definitely came with the time, effort, and money. Read more>>

Sharon K. Bina

On June 29, 2003, I went skydiving with a singles group and it changed my life forever. Falling out of an airplane more than two miles in the air, only to touch down safely a few minutes later, gave me a feeling of empowerment and fearlessness I had never felt before. Read more>>

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