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Trailblazers: Downtown

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

Kayla Ashleigh

I used to pray for ideas I always knew I was creative but I never knew what exactly what it is that I wanted to do or something to occupy my free time something that I could call mine and own it… so a few weeks later, I had a dream about sunglasses I’m not sure why but I got up and realized this was the sign… I got on my laptop and started an online boutique. Read more>>

Grace van Meurer

I chose that route because I always felt a pull towards a creative career, but lacked the confidence to pursue a path as a more typical artist. As an 18-year-old, I wanted the comfort of having an “employable” degree where I could secure a salaried job with health benefits and all of the things that adults told me I should prioritize. Read more>>

Mariana Ghattas Matari

I simply decided to go for it, and thought to myself what will I lose if I begin following my passion? I didn’t care about anyone’s input. All I wanted was for me to fill my time with something I enjoyed, so I went for it and it was the best thing I ever accomplished for myself, I did, so you should do more often and you will be surprised of the outcome. Read more>>

Jessica Varner

I’ve come from a family of incredible Southern cooks and culinary visionaries, I’ve found food as always being at the center of my upbringing. However, after years of “Sunday Dinners”, hearty leftovers, and lack of portion control; my unexplainable love for food developed into years of unexpected weight gain. Consequently. Read more>>

Saidy Villalobos

Back in 2017, I opened up a blog called ”Simply Saidy”, the sole purpose was to share my travels with the world. I started traveling very often back in 2016, I would post pictures on Instagram and was surprised as to how many people (in real life and social media) would ask for recommendations, tips, and suggestions when it came down to their travels. Read more>>

Angie Stubbs

I started my business, Raising Nomads Travel Co, in 2015. At that time, my husband and I had a two-year-old and a seven-month-old. I have always loved to travel and experience new adventures and didn’t want that to stop when I married and had kids. But, I found there was not much practical information out there on traveling with kids. Read more>>

Sarah Sauer

I have always believed in the influence of good design. Guten Co. was started after I finished art school to see if I could use my hard skills to make a living producing well-designed items. I started small with producing lines of ceramics and through many changes, a few different cities, and a handful or workspaces, the business steadily grew. Read more>>

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