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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.

Audrey J Jefferson

I love doing Nails but now I’m falling in love with teaching people how to do Nails as well. It’s an amazing feeling to present opportunities to individuals to Hustle & to build revenue. Read more>>

Mariam Ahmed and Jennifer Mills

We started off as a small friendship between two friends who shared a passion for hair and makeup. We quickly blossomed into an empire of empowered women who seek to bring out the most beauty for our client’s special moments. Read more>>

Phyllis Burton

Phyllis Burton is the Executive Director For Nonprofit Organization Sock Out Poverty, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration Degree. Read more>>

Sherri Betton Green

Prior to opening my business, I was a consumer. I started wearing hair extensions as a protective style. I had never worn hair extensions before so it was a learning process for me. Read more>>

Carolina Gutierrez

I was a payroll clerk for almost 10 years but was never really happy. After my son was born and being diagnosed with severe postpartum depression and anxiety, I finally decided to quit to find some kind of tranquility. Read more>>

Araz Garakanian

Believe it or not, if you asked me a number of years ago to try duck, rabbit, bison or even SASHIMI, I would have looked at you straight in the eye and asked if you were crazy! I was young and had not yet been introduced into the wonderful world of food! Read more>>

Sarah Pandey

I’ve always believed in “doing what you love” because, at the end of the day, our happiness is our most precious possession. I wanted to create a platform that would not only keep me motivated but would help others along the way. Read more>>

Khadija Gulamhusein

I draw inspiration from anywhere or anything depending on my mood, my inner self and how other artists create. Just the beauty of creating itself is an inspiration to me. Read more>>

Sol Pitarque

I had always been fascinated with High Fashion designs, runways and bridal gowns. But I realized that kind of work would usually only be worn once. I wanted to create something beautiful and special that women could wear as often as they wished. Read more>>

Arushi and Arushi Garg

I am glad to be an influence for thousands of young women and new moms. We all need to learn and grow with each other . After all we are raising the world’s future. Read more>>

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