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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.

Theresa Perkins

We’re building character, self-esteem, financial freedom, most importantly, PRODUCTIVE MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. We perform community services as well as beauty services, we take trips outside of our community for experience purposes, we hug, we laugh, we talk, we LOVE. These are all things I was lucky enough to experience in that salon A FAMILY AFFAIR in our community Missouri City, Tx. Read more>>

Scarlett Horton

As a fitness professional, I am in the business of helping others look and feel their best. It’s not just about weight, it’s about how your body functions and how you are taking care of it. It’s about confidence. I put together workouts and incorporate clean, natural, vegan products that do not contain any harmful chemicals or ingredients for my clients. Read more>>

Toyosi Osinowo

I have definitely faced a couple of bumps along the way. I have faced opposition from some people that may see me as unqualified, too real, or even too rough around the edges. My biggest critic, however, is myself. I daily must subject my mind to be renewed to receive the purpose I was created for. I have the understanding that if I can win the battle within, no battle on the outside can overwhelm me. Read more>>

Brittany Lee

My story starts at a young age. I have always loved fashion and have always been known as the girly-girl. Growing up, my childhood involved a lot of window shopping but I was completely fine with it. Just being in the mall gave me so much joy because I loved looking at all the new clothes and trends coming out. Read more>>

Cam V Whittaker

I do everything related to flowers. Baby showers, corporate events, private parties, and weddings. I am most proud of being a well round designer. In particular, I love doing weddings the most. A wedding is somehow a kind of event that touches my soul every time I design a bouquet. Read more>>

Brittany Ratcliff

Started out watching my cousin Demetria, owner of Infinite Creations. I used to sweep for her as a kid… she always inspired me to be a hair artist. As soon as I graduated high school, I went to Paul Mitchell Cosmetology – Houston. Graduated in 2010 and haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Tara Carr

Through it all, her goals have stayed the same. Empowering women to take charge of their careers and create for themselves any reality they can imagine. To teach women how to lead with confidence, show up for themselves and others in a way that makes them proud, and to do it all because they are capable and deserve it. Read more>>

Lauren Golden

I spent two years creating a very successful freelancing business from home. I learned a lot of lessons about self-employment the hard way – like the importance of contracts, pricing, and crystal clear communication around expectations and boundaries. I was quickly making more than I had been at my previous job. Read more>>

Erika Burttschell

I have slowly realized that you can’t and some you never will. I am so lucky to have an amazing support system from my husband, family, and friends, it always helps to know they are in my corner. My advice for anyone starting out on a new venture is to take the time for yourself and that it’s okay to be selfish. Read more>>

Kelsey Pribilski

My road has almost never been smooth. I’ve faced so many setbacks and had too many “almost’s” to even count. The only thing that has kept me going at times is me breaking it down and knowing that there is literally nothing else I would rather be doing with my life at the end of the day. Read more>>

Jameisha Whalon

I embrace the challenges because challenges are opportunities that help us reveal our greatest strengths. I’ve had a few hiccups along the way but I remain optimistic. A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty. A little advice for those women who are starting their journey: This is YOUR journey. Do things for YOU. Do yourself a favor and live out your purpose and pursue your passion. Read more>>

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>>

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