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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.

Wendy Traylor

I’ve always been that way, and when it comes to my professional life, that is true as well. I spent most of my adult life working in Corporate America. At first, I worked as a financial auditor, then following graduate school, I worked as an HR professional. Within both of these professions, I realized my gift for attention to detail. But I also realized that I wasn’t truly fulfilled in either profession. Read more>>

Jenny Franco

For me, it’s not about teaching yoga or poses, but about empowering people: kids, moms, and teachers, to find more joy in their lives and to be the best version of themselves. For me, it is quite literally about changing the world; changing our future; creating a more compassionate, confident, joy-filled planet… one person at a time. Read more>>

Glenda Bundy

I put a plan into action. I studied at the International Nurse Coach Association and the Huntington Mediation and Imagery Center in New York. Through this work founded on holistic principles, I learned how an integration of the mind, body, and spirit helps us to live healthier and more energetic lives. I’m currently a Board-Certified Integrative Nurse Coach. Read more>>

Sue Crozier

Finding not one, but two careers I enjoy is something I would never have imagined when receiving my diagnosis years ago. Five years ago, I began having mobility issues, I was in my late 20’s, so this concerning. After visiting several specialists I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Within that time frame, I went from working full time to trying to figuring out what I would do for income. Read more>>

Holly Charles

Writing has been a therapeutic outlet for her since childhood, whether through music, poetry or prose. The power of language intrigued her so that after a brief career in television production, she found her calling in the teaching of English. Her new career coincided with a constant passion, and it also provided opportunities for her to research and teach literature concerning the African American experience. Read more>>

Rosana Finol

My Instagram account started growing and more women (Spanish speakers) from many countries started following me to get the simple everyday recipes I cook for my family. By that time, we had our first son and having him was also a motivation for me to create healthy recipes. Read more>>

Nancy Viola

When I was in third grade, everyone in the class had to paint a cow for the bulletin board. It was then that I noticed my knack for this sort of thing. That sparked me to continue playing with art on my own. When the time came to enter high school, I submitted some work to Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts and was accepted. It has been a long and winding road. Eventually, I received a degree in Art Education from the University of Houston. Read more>>

Kendrienne “Yanni” Moore

If you would have asked me 15 years ago if I thought I’d be where I am now, the answer would be a solid NO! At that time, I was transitioning into my new home with my dad and stepmom. *inserts scared emoji* You would think the story takes a turn for the worst here, but thankfully it doesn’t. It was just the opposite. Moving with my dad and stepmom, which we like to call her Mom Dukes, was probably the best decision that could have been made for me. Read more>>

Mimi Irvin

Ms. Irvin started on a whim and created a fashion blog called Corporate Chic on Facebook in 2013 to inspire women to think outside the box with their corporate fashion, while accomplishing it on budget. Only within a couple of months after her “whim blogging” one of her social media confirmations of being a fashionista. Read more>>

Mileydys Portillo

I learned to receive and demonstrate the love for my family through video calls, photos, and videos with less pain. I complain less, laugh a little more, I cry in silence, and although the absence of my loved ones continues to hurt, I still want to see them today a little more than yesterday. Read more>>

Leona Baker

With that being said, I was destined to be free of a poverty mindset. As a child, my life was not perfect, and our family had our fair share of issues, but we had all of the basic essentials needed to have a happy and quality lifestyle. Read more>>

Ashley Smith

Before staying home with our now three kids, I spent my career working as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I always knew I wanted to work in pediatric nutrition, so I transitioned into a clinical nutrition role at Texas Children’s Hospital immediately after grad school and my dietetic internship. Read more>>

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