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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.

Anna Ivanova

The true desire for photography came much later when we arrived in Australia. Due to the nature of my husband’s work we moved all over the World. Exactly in Australia, I decided that I want to learn more about photography and obtained my diploma from TAFE. Read more>>

Enger Miller

Cooking is our favorite hobby. Once we built our home, our trips to the restaurants became less and less. Sure, it’s great to dress up and go on a good date night, but we found ourselves not really LOVING the food. I started cooking simple family recipes about four years ago and my love for cooking grew from there. Read more>>

Chasity Bobino

I knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I wrote down that I would one day own a diner, start a clothing line, create a magazine, produce tv sitcoms, and Lord only knows what else was on my list of dreams. I never would have thought that I would actually launch an independent entertainment company to do it all! Read more>>

Estela Switch2Pure

Backed by a scientific team, and a small army or (slightly obsessive) label-reading experts, Estela set out to make it easier for anyone, at any age or in any condition, to find safer products that really, truly work. We’ve done the research. We’ve found the answers. We’re here to help you Switch2Pure. Safer, made simple. Read more>>

Jennifer Clements

We are a group of yoga teachers with a shared vision of yoga being accessible to all people. We started our cooperative as equal owners and workers. We knocked down walls together, painted walls together, carried pile upon pile of trash, laid floors, argued about lightbulbs, nine different shades of purple, the plants, the pricing, the wording, the leadership. Read more>>

Jennifer Plessner

My hope is that it resonates and motivates a desire within them to become involved in serving their community. It is invaluable to be of service to others. Organizing BYC over the years has given me a rare opportunity to build relationships with yogis and teachers. Read more>>

Ann Hyde

What surprised me most about my first yoga class in 1997 was that I was so tight, everywhere! Despite this shocking realization, I was intrigued and motivated to keep going. I looked forward to my yoga classes. They were the best part of my day. Read more>>

Cara Miller and Megan Magill

Within minutes, Megan and Cara knew something was cooking between them as they quickly discovered their similar passions, businesses, and beliefs. One month later, they began brainstorming about a cooking show and by December, they recorded their first episode which was released on the Winter Solstice. Read more>>

Reneisha Pittman

The road of Nothin But God is filled with twist and turns, pitfalls, rainbows, and potholes, to say the least. The name Nothin But God or NBG was given to me by the Lord around 2013/2014. During this period of my life, I was doing a lot of souls searching, at the time the Lord was in the process of drawing me out of lesbianism. Read more>>

Zalla Otten

I opened Zalla Massage in 2010 after working in the spa industry for a number of years, observing holes in the market, best practices, and ways to uplevel the customer experience and improve clients’ therapeutic results. As the daughter of a serial entrepreneur, I always knew self-employment was the path for me. Read more>>

Marshay Bell

I am from the Southwest side of Houston, Texas, raised in Alief. I am currently in architectural designs for a property management company and I possess a real niche for real estate. I was raised by two amazing parents who instilled a great sense of love, service, hard work and appreciation of life in general and the youngest of three kids (two older brothers). Read more>>

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