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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.

Kelley Johnson

My journey has inspired me to pursue spiritual authenticity and encourage others to do the same. I don’t want women to feel as if they have to sacrifice their values or their soul to have a fulfilling life and career. In addition to running my consulting and coaching firm. Read more>>

Shunquetta Goins

Purdie Gurl is just my life adventures. From creating t-shirts, mugs, to me teaching people how to plant succulents, learning photography, fly my drone and being a massive tech geek, these are all the things that encompass me as Purdie Gurl. Read more>>

Contessa Corkern

And I am free to tell everyone I can that we are all chasing the same satisfaction in life that can only come from Him. The peace that surpasses all understanding, the guide that tells you one day at a time is all you have to do. Read more>>

Jasmine Mathew

Neither should anyone else working to pursue their dreams. Finally, I have also learned from my mistakes, and I am still learning. Accept the fact that you will make mistakes, again and again, but don’t stop improving yourself. Read more>>

Jenn Lyons

Filled With Joy was actually born out of a Bible verse and a “Gotcha Day” party to celebrate the finalization of our daughter’s adoption in late 2014. The verse, which we clung to throughout our adoption process, is found in Psalm 126:3 and says “The LORD has done great things for us. Read more>>

Kami Guidry, MS, LMFT-Associate, CFLE-P

I am working hard to be an advocate for mental health awareness in my own community and striving to educate on the importance of regular self-care and the goal, not of perfection, but simply working every day towards being the best version of yourself. Read more>>

Sara Bawany

I grew up in a home where I witnessed domestic violence in the form of intimate partner violence between my parents and emotional and physical violence towards us children. I have several intersecting identities – Muslim, Pakistani, American, female and because of that, the issue of domestic violence was rarely discussed. When my parents finally divorced in 2008, my entire life changed, and I began more actively writing to find an outlet for the dramatic transitions and changes that were rapidly taking place in my life. As someone who always stood out academically and ethnically in school, all I wanted now was to blend in and hide, but it was impossible. Read more>>

Alicia Bush

I began my career in the surgical device sales field and served in this area for 11 years. It was after I had my third child that I decided I wanted to invest more time into my family and I stepped down from my profession. It wasn’t long after I left my career I felt a strong desire to do some research on how I could be engaged in the non-profit community. It was my faith that led me to the great need for a safe please for girls who have been recovered from domestic sex trafficking to go. My family is uniquely equipped to provide a solution because my husband is a custom home builder here in North Texas and I have many connections from my corporate career. Read more>>

Vesha (Vee) Royal

So when you look at my profile you think “Oh this is a pretty great model”. However when you look at the comments under my picture you will see I am way much more than that. I am actually a brand developer/ youth advocate. I love the arts and I love the kids. Read more>>

Melissa Jackson

As I began to share my adventures on social media, companies began to compliment my work and reach out for collaboration opportunities. The more frequent this became, the more I realized I needed to establish my own brand. Read more>>

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