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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.

Keisha McKinsey

After seeing firsthand what delay in healthcare can do, I wanted to provide affordable healthcare to everyone. All uninsured patients pay a low monthly fee to be seen as needed. I wanted to provide patients with the best experience possible without the worries associated with lack of insurance coverage. Read more>>

Kate Fisher

I moved to Dallas from Austin a few years ago to pursue music and art. I have a background in language study and had done some traveling teaching ESL and Spanish, but I always played music and experimented with photography and other art forms and I wanted to take that more seriously. While teaching at Eastfield College, I met Danielle Georgiou and became interested in the work she was doing. Read more>>

Christiana Ramey

I would cook when I would come home from school. My favorite things to cook, at that time, were BLT sandwiches, egg sandwiches, and buttered corn. Those items were easy and available in our home. As I got older, I took home economics courses in school. Home Economics was so intriguing and exciting. It taught me how to be an adult in the kitchen. Read more>>

Gwendolyn Jones

As a wife and a mother of two young children, I needed help and answers. I confided with a dear friend and co-worker what I was experiencing and she suggested I make an appointment with our church counseling ministry. In retrospect, making that appointment was one of my best decisions I could have ever made. Read more>>

Shruthi Parker

I still thought that blogging was not a job for me. But working on my blog with that much time and dedication meant that it reached new heights very quickly. I was able to use my background in marketing and sales to figure out the back end of my website, optimize my pages and links, and shoot images and content that people cared about. Read more>>

Evelyn Moyer

My parents stood by my side as I tried to find the art form for me. I vividly remember taking on playing the saxophone, and I swore up and down that I was going to stick with it. I would sit on my trampoline in the backyard to practice and the neighborhood dogs would howl the entire time. In case you’re wondering, I was terrible at playing the saxophone. Read more>>

Marcia Thomas

I specifically wanted to work to General Motors and design my own car. At 11, it sounded simple and I trusted that every class I took as well as every teacher that I came in contact with would prepare me to achieve my goal. Read more>>

Valerie King

I’ve always considered myself to be a visionary; often imagining that I owned a successful business and made lots of money. Those dreams did come true for me and I was the proud owner of Ministerial Solutions, the first full-service church staffing agency which I started in Houston, Texas around 2002 and served more than 200 churches worldwide. My husband and I were Evangelists at the time and traveled extensively throughout the U. S. ministering in various churches through music and the arts until 2007. In 2008, my life took an unusual turn when I was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma, a connective tissue disease and given five years to live. Read more>>

Constance Lacy

I strive to galvanize faculty into engaged teaching, research and service activities that propel students into enriching experiences that make them career ready. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I’ve taught and worked in various aspects of human services, community outreach, and development, clinical family studies. Read more>>

Candace Thompson

Working at Jubilee Park allowed me to blossom professionally, enlightened me to systems at work in communities and to reconnect to some family roots I was not aware existed. I was embedded in the community and they quickly became my family. Read more>>

Brandon and Christina Brock

The idea for Be Ripped Fits was started out of a desire to wear apparel that motivates and inspires all to conquer the day while bridging fitness and fashion. We chose the name, “Be Ripped” because it is a call to action to go all in. Read more>>

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