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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.

Ashley Seippel

I graduated from FIDM with a degree in Visual Communications and shortly thereafter, started working as an assistant buyer for a local atelier. During this time, I started styling friends and family for events in the city and loved seeing the confidence they gained from finding the perfect outfit. I also enjoyed working 1-1 with people, not to mention, who doesn’t love shopping? Read more>>

Dr. Marquetta Giles

For as young as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a doctor. In high school and undergrad, I had great opportunities to participate in summer medical programs and internships to assist in my career decision. It was during one last medical rotation that I stumbled across chiropractic. I was amazed by the healing benefits from spinal adjustments. Read more>>

Hege Nolop

I started making jewelry after moving to France, first for personal use and gifts and it slowly grew from there. My initial pieces were rustic with vintage elements hand-picked from antique markets in and around Paris. Since then, my work has evolved to incorporate free-flowing, organic patterns, soft curves, with a strong inspiration from the simplicity of my Scandinavian design roots. Read more>>

Lyndsey Brantley

What sets Camellia Alise apart is the medical knowledge behind every product and skincare method I develop as well as our passion and desire to help our clients, you will not find a business owner more passionate about helping my those around her than me, I especially love helping young women on their entrepreneurial journey’s in addition to the skincare aspects of the company. Read more>>

Shalanda Turner

As the fashion world began to embrace bloggers, more and more as a viable media source we were sought after to attend fashion and other social events. It was the connections I made at these events with PR firms and other bloggers that has led to a lot of my opportunities from interviewing major celebrities and designers, working with mega brands and being on TV. Read more>>

Kyra Doolan

My chance came when I started teaching at Citizen Pilates and a few months later became the brand’s Director of Culture and Communications. That’s where I am now and I love it! I teach 13 reformer pilates classes a week and am helping the company grow in my current role. Almost four years after getting my 200-hour yoga certification, I’m still teaching yoga as well and love it as a compliment to my other physical pursuits. Read more>>

Jazznea Baty

I stepped out of Gaithersburg after two salon experiences and now I have my own suite in an upscale office building which allows me to do what I love in a great work environment. I share a waiting area with a photographer friend and am able to switch from doing clients in my suite to being on the set of a Photoshoot or being on location of local and out of state fashion shows. I love what I do and every hardship made me who I am today I give every chance I get to every young woman or child with the desire to join this field. Read more>>

Rinnie Phillips

I took Psychology in college, but fashion was calling my name, so I answered it! Due to my enthusement with fashion, I decided to start a fashion blog to showcase my unique view on fashion styles. My fashion blog then became a business and a platform for me to start my styling services. Read more>>

Figen Baysal

I have been working in executive roles in Telecommunication sector for years. The idea of launching my own jewelry business was always in my mind, but it only became a reality during my pregnancy period. So, this business is as young as my motherhood and my son. Read more>>

Mila Clarke-Buckley

I’ve always been interested in storytelling. I was on the yearbook staff in high school, worked on the Student Publications Committee in college and graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Houston. I started a blog after I took a class in college centered around social justice and investigative reporting. The class had a blogging component and I didn’t know it at the time, but it really defined the road I took. Read more>>

Layla Hillail

I started off as a business major in college but had a hidden passion for the arts and photography. I’ll never forget being on the beach one day with my 35mm and thinking, I need to be doing this instead of becoming a business major. My parents fully supported me and I went for it. Read more>>

Venniece Robbins

My journey has been one of overcoming my own fear. I do not look like a fearful person. I have accomplished some pretty amazing results in my career. However, each time I have set out to do something new that is bigger than anything I have ever imagined, I encounter my own limitation. Read more>>

Niki Benjamin

When native New Yorker and music industry exec, Niki, moved to Houston to be closer to her family, she decided to combine her passion for wellness with her love for creative expressions of motion and Pilates HTX was born! Read more>>

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