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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Dianne Brown

I believe that I was truly born to be a entrepreneur. Both of my parents owned their own businesses. My mom owned and ran a custom drapery workshop out of our house, so I grew up seeing her work long hours, nights and weekends. I also saw that because she was her own boss, she could do things like work very hard for a couple months, and then take a month off in the summer for vacations, etc. My dad owns and operates his own small business. Read more>>

Shelia Griffin

I got started in baking with an Easy Bake Oven as a young girl. I spent many summers in the kitchen with my grandmother, Thelma Aykes. She was an entrepreneur with a Barbeque business in Wharton, Texas. I was able to learn a lot of information that would carry me into adulthood. Read more>>

Namrata Parekh

Arts and crafts were my hobbies since childhood. I did so many different types of classes in my high schools vacation. My first class was for Henna art which became very interesting to me. Later I learned drawing, canvas painting, clay art, moulding techniques, mural art, candle making and many more arts. Read more>>

Stacey West, Sankofa West

Universal Sankofa as an LLC was officially formed May 2017, but its roots can be traced back to 2009. In July of 2009, we took our first try at creating our own t-shirts. We bought some heat transfer paper for an inkjet printer, printed the design from our home computer and ironed the design onto some shirts. Read more>>


I started a bit sporadically, not really knowing how intense the blogging and online entrepreneurship journey is. Now that I realize all that it entails, I’m glad I went in rather blindly. Otherwise, maybe I would’ve chickened out! Jokes apart..I’ve loved every bit of it, and I have never looked back. Read more>>

Lashanda Gary

Not a day goes by where I don’t get asked about how I got started as a speaker and entrepreneur. I would say it started in the classroom…or maybe it was the track field. I spent a lot of time there! I was always to talker or educator in my circle of family and friends growing up. Read more>>

Susan A. Finnih

City of Houston’s Certified Event Planner, Founder and CEO of Divine Works, Inc. Adeyemi Susan Finnih was raised in London, England. Her upbringing in the UK has paved the way for a bright future. Susan has always had a knack for planning but her decision to move from New Jersey to Houston has opened many doors for her in the event planning industry. Read more>>

Joshua Ashburn

I’m a Texas boy, and I’ve always been a writer at heart. I met my wife in High School and we’ve been traveling through life together ever since then. We have four awesome kids, and all the craziness that comes with being parents. Read more>>

Jessica Rodriguez

I started with the thought of wanting to have a platform, a platform that will allow me to have a voice to inspire others, especially women. In the blogger world, I wanted more women that looked like me. I wanted to reach women that needed a boost of confidence, or that simply wanted to feel inspired to go for that dream /goal in their minds. Read more>>

Osby Phillips, Kianti Phillips

My calling started out of necessity really. I was born in Houston’s 5th ward in a household of 8, and at 9 months relocated to the 3rd ward community. One year after being there, my mother was killed in a drunk driving “accident”, (at age 18) which left my grandmother to adopt the role of my legal guardian when i was only 1 years old. Read more>>

Sarah Beth Baca

As a college freshman, I fell in love with painting. I spent my college years and 20s exploring different art forms and media, finding my own unique style. I’ve always been a creative, but painting truly brought my unique expression to the surface. For several years I focused on impressionistic landscapes and still life, then moved on to a more whimsical modern style. Read more>>

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