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Trailblazers: Neartown

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 Neartown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Heart Miller

“Life” started for me when I was 23 – in a matter of a couple of years, I experienced what many do over a span of decades. Unexpected loss of my mother, graduating college, getting married, starting a full-time job, and having my first child – yes ALL OF THAT within two years! At the time, I was a planner of all things. Read more>>

Quanya Linen

My counseling journal was non-traditional and involved a lot of transition and figuring out stuff before I actually landed here. Prior to starting Her Therapy and becoming a counselor, I worked in public relations and in public education as a teacher. Read more>>

Demetra Rowan

My mother honored me with the nickname Duchess when I was born (it was my aunt’s name). I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I started sewing over 50 years ago. I was blessed to design and construct clothing for myself since I could not find clothes that fit me(tall). I went into the IT industry after college and continued until retirement. Read more>>

Jennifer Digges

As a young woman I had my sights set on getting married one day and living happily ever after with no long term goals of being a self-sufficient or a self-reliant individual. Although, I had been working and supporting myself since I was 18, I still didn’t understand the need of an outlook like that until now. Read more>>

Chloe’ Flowers

I’ve been a writer since I learned how to write a proper sentence. Elementary school is where my journey started. I always had journals and often got them as gifts for Christmas and birthdays. I’d write anything – my feelings, poems, song lyrics. I knew these words were sacred and often hid my journals in my room. Read more>>

Victoria Baylor

I am an Intuitive Mindset & Brand Confidence coach who works with professional and entrepreneurial women to help them clear their mental blocks and tap into the Brand Brilliance–the brand assets they have that allow them to increase their Revenue, Clients & Opportunities. Read more>>

Joy Sewing

I currently work as the fashion and beauty editor for the Houston Chronicle – a dream job I’ve head for more than 15 years, I’m also the author of a children’s book about my rescue dogs, “Ava and the Prince: the Adventures of Two Rescue Pups,” and founder of Year of Joy. Read more>>

Jennifer Bartlett

I’ve had an interest in mental health for as long as I can remember, which led me to study psychology in college, but becoming a therapist was not always the clear choice. Upon graduation, I decided to join Teach for America which landed me in Houston, TX working as a middle school teacher. Read more>>

Cynthia Dehlavi

This morning as I was getting ready for work, I had the following internal dialogue: Hmmm… If you could do anything, what do you really feel like doing today? I quickly thought. I really just want to make something (visualizing myself moving potted plants around in a garden) and teach a fitness class. Read more>

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