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Trailblazers: Katy

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.

Lilia Ramirez

Today, I can say I did it !! I beat depression and my panic attacks with the help of my husband always being there for me 100% telling me all the time that I can do this and my parents for all their help and support but the most important guidance from God taking us to the right persons to work with. Read more>>

Missy Tuft

Pour into Houston started as fundraising only non-profit. We were going to have Houstonians design coffee mugs and have them all on an online store where the buyer could purchase a mug designed by a fellow Houstonian. Read more>>

Melissa Bates

My journey to conceive our fourth child, I was led to midwifery and upon confirmation of pregnancy, I decided to see what it was like as a client. The month after my daughter’s birth, I enrolled in the Association of Texas Midwives – Midwifery Training Program! I have now been licensed and practicing for seven years and truly love my calling and my clients! Read more>>

Danielle Thomas

I had one older gentleman come in and I volunteered to cut his hair. I draped him and asked him what did he want me to do, and his reply was “just cut me how you would want your man to look.” With confidence, I said ok!, and proceeded to give him the best service I could. Read more>>

Amy Quintero

I want to motivate and send out positive messages since it is so easy for people to tear each other down on social media. My best advice is to continue to do what you love and don’t let what people think to get to you. Keep striving to be better than who you were yesterday. Read more>>

Farah Chehayeb

My parents agreed to support becoming a pastry chef, but before that, I had to graduate with a bachelors, it didn’t matter what it was, it just mattered that I did it. So, I did. I graduated with a Bachelors in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the reason why I chose that major was that it had a mandatory 3-month kitchen course! Read more>>

Melanie Perez

I ended up becoming a Certified Yoga Teacher. I teach in her honor to people of all ages and fitness levels. Anyone under the age of eighteen never has to pay for a yoga class with me. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m always eager to introduce people to yoga. Read more>>

Natalie Thomas and Audrey Zeter

We wanted to create a community where local moms could go for resources and information, while also being a source for inspiration, community and togetherness, and support. We thought, if we can give moms the gift of time and community, we’ve done our job. Read more>>

Briannah Branch

I always loved the idea of “painting a face” I’ve dabbled in makeup as a young teen and fell in love with the idea of becoming a makeup artist in my early twenties. After years of doing makeup for family and friends, I took a big step in the makeup word and decided to apply to MAC Cosmetics. I was so nervous. Read more>>

Stephanie Olivares

I had the support of all my Venezuelan community in Katy who had the chance to see my talent and gave me the opportunity to work with them. I decided to believe in myself and follow my passion but overall enjoy every single photo shoot because there is a smile in front and behind the camera. Read more>>

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