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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.

Mena Adubea

I have always worked in Education as a Higher Education Admission Office. I have now transitioned to Secondary Education where I work as a College Counselor. During my second year of graduate school, I came down with Rosacea, for which I have prescribed a cream to manage the itchy rashes/pimples. Well, that cream discolored my face. Read more>>

Abida Fatima

I have always been obsessed with fashion and beauty, so I love styling myself in a very trendy yet affordable way. Lately, with all the innovation in fashion and changing consumer habits, there are so many options where people can go and create their unique style. I wanted to show the world that you don’t have to own expensive branded clothes to look fabulous. Read more>>

Nakia Roberson

Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be in the helping profession. Therefore, after graduating with my bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, I worked for the Harris County Guardianship Program (HCGP). This program is designed to help adults who no longer have the ability to care for themselves and they need a guardian to guide and protect them. Read more>>

Nazrin Guliyeva

Life has thrown at me so many chances to move out of my country – Azerbaijan, but the timing was never right, until a few years ago when I & my husband won a green card in a diversity lottery. Since then, our life has changed 180 degrees. We left our family, friends, beloved ones, jobs, house and everything behind to start our journey from the beginning. Read more>>

Jessica Jocelyn

I am an angel channeler & energy healer. I’m one of the many lightworkers present here on earth. I’ve always known I was sensitive to energies but never imagined I had this amazing gift. In the past couple of years, I discovered my passion. You see my spiritual journey began after the birth of my 2nd son. Read more>>

María Zamarripa

Almost five years ago, I started writing calligraphy after my counselor suggested to find something to make with my hands to help with stress. One day, I was trying to write a quote and frame it as a gift for my daughter and I just couldn’t come up with something that I liked. So, I looked on Pinterest for ideas and that is when I found calligraphy. Read more>>

Dominique Myrie

I’ve always been an active person who played basketball in high school and was an active track runner. In 2012, I took my love for fitness to a new level by adopting a pescatarian lifestyle and later in 2016 competed in my first fitness competition. Read more>>

Ashley Presutti Beasley

Growing up, I was always a visual person. I loved arts & crafts of all forms and would spend hours of my free time glued to the computer screen. It’s no surprise that design ended up being my calling—combining two things I love most, art & computers. A lot of people tend to feel lost regarding their major in college, but I knew right away it would be for graphic design. Read more>>

Marissa Thompson a.k.a. Nagi

I started out on my self-journey almost three years ago searching for a deeper meaning in life. I desired to know more about who I was and my purpose for being here on this earth. I went into solitude for almost a year. I went within myself to find the answers that I was desperately seeking. There, I found God in me. Read more>>

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