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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.

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>>

Autumn Rogers

My journey began at the age of 3. My older sister and I were riding in the back of my mother’s car and Keisha Cole’s song “Love” came on and my older sister began singing. It all came as a surprise to my mother when, I overpowered my older sister and came out of nowhere singing the lyrics. Read more>>

Alondra Sublett

I’ve always loved makeup and everything related to the beauty industry. Before the social media craze, and way before Instagram was around, I was the Beauty and Fashion editor/contributor for Bella Magazine, a local magazine in Indianapolis IN. It was a fun and great experience for me. Read more>>

Meg Banahan

While I spend most of my time as a lawyer, sports and working out is still a big part of my life. I coach at a local Crossfit box and spend most of my free time at the box working out in order to relieve stress after a busy day at the office!! I’ve found that it is the best therapy! Read more>>

Caitlin Maxey

I wanted to not only provide beautiful gifts of encouragement to a grieving mother, but to serve as an encouragement to the community that is already around her and help them walk through that whole first year of grief with her with confidence. Read more>>

Mrs. Donna Marshall-Payne

Mrs. Donna Marshall-Payne began her journey more than 19 years ago as an entrepreneur. After giving the banking industry at least 11 years of my life, made the decision to have my first child, took my maternity leave for about four months made the decision to leave corporate America and never looked back. Read more>>

Deidra Monet

My passion for hair started over 20 years ago at the ripe old age of 14… my mother decided to take a product that a lot of us are personally familiar with, the unforgiving “Relaxer”, and applied it to my then 8-year-old sister’s beautiful waist length hair… Read more>>

Nicole Guillory

As a young girl, I used to always tell people how I wanted to open a salon. I remember lining my dolls up and doing their hair one by one while the others wait on getting shampooed or from under the hair dryer. I had a very broad and creative imagination. Read more>>

Alex Herrera

I wanted to vlog my college experience and never got around to doing it (which I deeply regret). I didn’t want to regret anything else, so I took a big leap of faith and started a blog. I knew I wasn’t the only one experiencing the same feelings I felt after graduating college and figured I could share my voice in hopes to help others transition into adult life. Read more>>

Chelsea Green

My story is still in the process of being written; just as each of ours is. In the fall of 2016 I began to pursue going back to school to take the few courses I needed to earn my license as a counselor and add those wonderful letters at the end of my name. Read more>>

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