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Trailblazers: North Loop

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

Luisa Alejandre

The way I see it, creativity is something that flows through your veins, it´s something you feel. I have had this feeling inside me since I can remember. I feel like I have been lucky enough to always have been surrounded by creative people. On my father’s side, them being the big old fashioned family you can find everything from musicians, sculptors, painters, to engineers, business owners, and entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Rubie Landa

My doctor suggested anti-depressants but a voice inside me said that I could heal myself through drinking fruit smoothies. I knew nothing about the power of food as medicine, but I refused to take conventional medication at the time, so I decided to listen to my inner voice. I went to the store, loaded up on fruits, and within three days of drinking fruit smoothies, I was literally jumping out of bed in the mornings and looking forward to starting my days. Read more>>

Sara Grunert

I decided in high school, I wanted to be a chiropractor to help others in the way that my uncle helped me. I moved from just outside of Chicago to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a gymnastics scholarship. While competing for Texas Woman’s University, I also completed my bachelors of science degree in psychology. From there, I attended Parker University in Dallas to receive my doctorate. Read more>>

Joauna Tuck

I started gaining my work ethics at the tender age of 13 working as a cashier at Randall’s Grocery Store. I have always had a mindset to be successful despite my career choice. I always wanted to strive to do my very best in all areas of my life. I started working at an entry level position at a large corporation while pursuing my bachelor’s degree. I remained with the corporation for seven years and was able to work my way up to a management position. I was able to gain a strong foundation in the position, however I wanted to push myself to higher height. Read more>>

Shannon M. Deitz

Shannon M. Deitz was only three years old when the abuse began by a family member. At the fragile age of 17, she was raped and again, as a freshman in college, she was raped a second time. At the age of 27, she found herself at the bottom of a life that was no longer tolerable. With no place to turn, she found God, surrounding her with His peace and began teaching the teens at her local church. Her work with teens led to a full-time youth ministry. In 2007, her youth group was voted in the top five of EWTN’s Catholic Youth Groups in the United States, and in 2008, she was invited to speak on God’s unfailing love at the World Youth Day Festivities in Sydney, Australia. Read more>>

Dianna Guillen

From an early age, I was drawn to the beauty and expressionism of Art. It became my dream to become an Artist. I started out drawing my favorite cartoon characters, and in my teen years, I painted my first set of murals at my middle school. Art was a way of expressing myself and allowing others to see my vision. As I got older, I felt in my heart that I was capable of doing more. I was determined to grow in this God-given talent that brought joy into my life. Over the last four years, I devoted my time to exploring all types of art and mediums. I found peace and stillness in painting and calligraphy, this ignited my ambition and creativity that I was longing for. Read more>>

Johnique Lang

EPICuisines came into existence after I realized that my plans to excel in the corporate arena were taking an unwanted detour that I had absolutely no control over. All within a one year span I had been passed up for a “promised” promotion and somewhat demoted back into an administrative role. I had dedicated my loyalty and life work to an organization that I had absolutely no rights to and really felt like I had no control over my career. Read more>>

Stephanie Colello

I originally started Whiskey and a Brewnette to document my adventures with Whiskey and to tell the story of the life of dog mom post college graduation. I hadn’t lived in Houston since high school so I wanted to explore what new things the city had to offer while taking Whiskey with me! My goal was to show off dog friendly places in Houston and encourage others to bring their fur babies to these places. Eventually I started incorporating some style aspects, as well as documenting other places outside of the city we have traveled to. Read more>>

Wasila Sedberry-Giwa

Meaning Intercessor, Tool, and The Way, all of these meanings were given to me at different points but all are relative to me as person. I’m a Singer-Songwriter and Poet, Birth place Southwest Houston Tx, Aka The S.W.A.T, my childhood was definitely a movie, my father being Yoruba and mother being African American given me the most beautiful dynamics and dualities of both worlds, my father giving me my culture and strength and my mother giving me love and consistency, which enabled me to flourish and explore my creativity. Read more>>

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