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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.

Emily Fede

It’s hard to say exactly when I knew I wanted to be a performer. It started when I was young. My mom enrolled me in ballet lessons. I soon realized how passionate I was about theatre and dance. Read more>>

Allison Flaherty

Life has a funny way of putting you in situations you never imagined. If you had told me 10 years ago I would go to cosmetology school and open a business, I would have laughed and vehemently denied the notion. Here I am though, Esthetics license in hand and self-employed. Read more>>

Catherine D’Annibale

I started theatre at a very young age and was always drawn to it for the sense of community it has. I always knew I wanted to work with kids and so theatre education basically found me. Read more>>

Ramika Qazi

I think my love for home decor has been instilled in me since I was a child. One of my most unforgettable memories was when my parents were looking for their first house and I would ride along with the realtor on the weekends. During these rides I absolutely fell in love with model homes. Read more>>

Mary Alexander

I’ve always been deeply passionate about human health and healing, although the road to where I am now is a long and winding one. I’m a native of Buffalo, NY and I remember in the 2nd grade calling the University at Buffalo Medical School for some ‘preliminary information’ about becoming a cardiac surgeon. Read more>>

Selina Eshraghi

I always knew that I would somehow find my way back to activism, hence my decision to double major in Chemical Engineering and Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas. My dream is to go into science communication and help restore the trust the general public has in the scientific community. Read more>>

Jillian Eppler

When something matters to me I am tenacious in my pursuit of it. Not perfectly, but it is something I strive for. Soon after, I also created a blog. My passion behind my account was to share travel recommendations, travel tips, and share pictures of my travels as a way to inspire those that follow along! Read more>>

Hannah Cox

My blog started evolving in high school when I took on the challenge of posting every day for a year. Instead of angst, my blogs took on a personal tone, where I was and what I was learning in my faith and everyday life. Read more>>

Jamie Nixon

Since I was about eight years old, I wanted to be a nurse and I realized that dream about 16 years ago. At the same time, I was graduating from nursing school my husband, Robert, was graduating with his audio engineering degree. Read more>>

Jamie House

I was bitten by the photography bug hard when I was 16. I went to France for two weeks with my French class and was told by my parents that if they were sending me, then I was at least taking pictures for them. They handed me a Kodak Easy Share point-and-shoot that had, maybe. Read more>>

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