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Trailblazers: South Dallas

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 South Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Bridgette Reed

Being a person that comes from a family entrepreneurs, starting and owning my own business came natural to me. I have always wanted to have my own business. When my daughter was conceived unexpectedly being that I was diagnosed with two conditions that caused infertility in women. Read more>>

Akira Owens

I always had a dream of being in the entertainment business. I would daydream about performing on stage, dancing, modeling acting and even fashion styling. I would write songs, practice my poses, dress up my uniforms for school and I was already dramatic so acting kind of came naturally. Read more>>

Brittaney Cook

Athletic Outcomes developed after my husband and I decided to pack up our lives and move south to Austin, where it was much warmer and a great spot for a new business. I owned a chiropractic practice in a gym in Chicago and my husband was a second grade school teacher who taught group fitness classes for fun. Read more>>

Kadie Smith

I started working with many of the freelancers who came in to the coffee shop, and learned that I had a love for branding. Fast forward four years and I am still doing branding for small businesses and solopreneurs and loving every minute of it! Read more>>


Everyone has the right to learn and everyone has the right to witness and engage with art of every form. Also, as the only woman of color on the executive team at my theater, it is my duty to create opportunities for more people like myself to engage and create more art. Read more>>

Diana Castaldi

I learned so much as a MAC artist and as a Bobbi Brown artist and it gave me the confidence to step out on my own as a freelance makeup artist. I now reside in Central Texas and am a freelance makeup artist and I couldn’t be happier! Read more>>

Rose Siard

Ben and I write in the genre we call Southern Folk. It is a little folky and a little country. Writing songs with Ben is probably the most fun I have ever had. He makes me laugh with little rhymes and uses different voices but somehow we get the work done. Read more>>

Marissa Licarione

We started our business almost 6 years ago when we decided we loved photographing and filming weddings more than a hobby and we wanted to start a company together. As they say, the rest is history! Read more>>

Shveta Moller

So, you’re probably thinking that because I’m a food blogger, I just LOVE food, right? Shocker moment – I haven’t always loved food. Yup, you read that right. For most of my life, my relationship with food was based on survival and seemed to be more of a chore than a pleasurable experience. Read more>>

Heather Harbord

That little seed of success has grown into a business I can no longer handle on my own, and we’re opening our first retail bakery location in Oak Cliff this Fall. It’s been an exercise in trusting my gut, trusting my abilities, and trusting that those who work hard will see a reward, and I’m so glad I didn’t throw in the towel every time I wanted to. Read more>>

Ms. Lorrie Means

My journey began at birth 37 rotations ago! I’m 1/2 of a set of twins out of four sisters. I was Born in Longview, Texas and raised in Dallas, Texas. Throughout my life, I’ve always loved to read, write, and make sense of things I didn’t understand. Read more>>

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