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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.

Sasha Flanagan and Simone Smith

Our business grew significantly, and in 2012 we rented a small room in the back of a Beauty salon in 3rd ward Houston. We learned so much during that year about running a business and needed more space, so we relocated to share a space with a Houston photographer, who would help us brand ourselves. Read more>>

Tamilore Soyombo

I started the agency the same day I thought about it. I never gave it too much thought, I just knew that this was something I wanted to do. I had so much help from God, he has been guiding every step that I make. I have such a supporting team, family and friends. Read more>>

Quanitria Scott

I’ve always had a passion for fashion at the age of six I was shopping for myself. I had a vision to start my own business and in the beginning of 2018 my prayer group had a vision board party. My board have all my goals that I want to accomplish for the year. Read more>>

Meredith Wheeler

Fed up and tired of feeling lonely, I began to search for a community that would fulfill my desire for inspiration, support, friendship, resource-sharing and business growth. Coworking spaces had begun to take hold of the East Bay and I toured a few, however their space designs and communities didn’t resonate with me. Read more>>

Laura Jones

As far as my brand I use myself by modeling, youtube videos including makeup tutorials and fitness workouts to build a following. Currently, I am working on my website and coming up with a business plan to help bring awareness to how the brain works and controlling it in order to manifest one’s best life. Read more>>

Lucy Salinas

I always loved the beauty industry and although I never imagined owning my own salon it has been such a good experience. I started my business as a full service salon and although it has been such an amazing experience. Read more>>

Taylor Boyer

I quit my job and began Updo Gypsy where I could specialize in wedding and event hair and makeup and be the one over my schedule. I loved getting to do what I was passionate about while also having the flexibility to do the other things I enjoy. Read more>>

Dr. Shannon M. Clark

My goal is to use my professional expertise and personal experiences to educate women who anticipate delaying child-bearing on their options for their future fertility and the potential problems they may encounter. Read more>>

Starla Garcia

My passion for nutrition came after battling an eating disorder as a student-athlete during my collegiate years. The pressures of performing well and my own perfectionism led to restricting myself from my favorite foods, over-exercising, and feeling guilty about what I ate. Read more>>

Dana Jackson

I wanted the natural beauty of the skin to come through, so I sought to create products that were safe, non-irritating, and non-toxic for the skin to absorb and that would not challenge the immune system. This was something I couldn’t find in stores or online. Read more>>

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