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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.

Lissa Lopez

I’ve always done hair. When I look back, it’s been a consistent in my life for as long as I can remember. To me, hair is just another medium in which I can create. Now, that’s only half of what it means to be a hairstylist. The other half is connecting with people in a way that they trust you with their “image” and their friends and family image. Read more>>

Tenesha Jedkins Smith

If anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was “A Teacher.” I would force my little brother to spend hours with me on Saturday so we would playschool. It was all I wanted to do. Of course, as I grew older and was exposed to more, I discovered other possible careers that sparked an interest. A bachelors in psychology later, and several years of trying to “figure it out”, I landed where my heart was all along – the classroom. Read more>>

Tawnie Breaux

I started my career in education. I loved learning and got my teaching degree from U of H. I felt a huge sense of accomplishment and excitement about sharing this passion with my students. Oh, to be young again, so full of ambition and dreams to change the world one student at a time. As I settled in, I experience an enormous amount of respect for the teaching process and responsibility for each student’s success. Read more>>

Amara Depaul

I went to Montessori schools most of my life and I fully believe this had me look outside the box of how things “should be”. I think I realized adventure was my passion at the age of 11 on a school field trip camping on a Navajo reservation for seven days. I started a career in modeling at a young age (14) and moved her to live in Italy at 17. Read more>>

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>>

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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