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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.

Jennifer Mills

I was driven to live the corporate America life first because I believed that was the only way to succeed. After much push I decided to leave that field and fully submerge myself in cosmetology. I graduated top of my class and began to take clients. Read more>>

Shavon Morris

When wedding planning commenced, all I could think about were my wedding invitations, and I loved selecting the papers, color schemes, textures, etc. It was at this time that I had somewhat of a business idea, but I didn’t actually have the courage to officially start anything. Read more>>

Priscilla Von Sorella

Sewing and designing requires meticulous problem-solving and makes you think about geometric remedies for making a 2-dimensional material fit a 3-dimensional figure. I loved the challenge of it and found that I had a natural talent for the tradecraft. Read more>>

Candis Woods

I started doing nails when I was in the 7th grade. Once I graduated from high school, I went to college for other majors. As a full-time parent and full-time student, I was still doing nails. My mom told me one day that I was in school for the wrong profession and plus she was tired of having all those different strangers coming in and out of her house. Read more>>

Casie Fischer

My love of fashion and events blossomed. I’ve had the pleasure of executing events within the wedding, fashion, lifestyle, and oil and gas sectors for the last 15 years. I am so thankful that my talent for creativity has allowed me to develop a thriving business across such varied industries. Read more>>

Kendra Walker

Lesbians Of Color is a lifestyle brand for minority queer women founded 2013 in Houston, TX and incorporated in 2015. We specialize in events, networking, and social activities as well as parties for women. We also provide a platform for activism within our community. Read more>>

Rylan Compton

Working at CVS, I knew I had a bigger purpose, and I wasn’t fulfilling it. In my heart, I knew my calling but was afraid. One day I spoke with my mentor about my dreams, we came up with a business plan, and I stepped out on my faith. Read more>>

Liv Dixon

Being active and involved in the community are two things that have shaped me throughout my life. Growing up, I was involved in dance and cheer, student council, volunteering at the local hospitality center, you name it! Being a busy kid kept me pretty active, but it always felt that those things were what kids were supposed to do. I never thought twice about whether I enjoyed those things or not. I attended school at Sam Houston State University where I cheered and was involved in Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Read more>>

Kemishia Sorzano

A motivational blogger and author with a focus on women empowerment. Cancelling my Nigerian wedding a couple months until saying I do has given me a platform to be able to share my experiences with other women all over the world. Read more>>

Adunola Adeshola

Since starting employee REDEFINED, I’ve helped my clients in a variety of industries secure their dream jobs in 90 days or less, and my expertise has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse and other publications. Read more>>

Jasmine Stith

I go by “The Pretty Plug” where my mission is to inform the uninformed. I know that information is not circulated to every area code I know this all too well. I’m from a small town – Pine Bluff, AR and I know that there are not everyday conversations on starting businesses. Read more>>

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