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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.

Kristyna “PRKristyna” Torres-Cruz

Throughout my 20s, I was focused on reaching positions that involved leading and eventually teaching my experiences. Once I reached my 30s, I had moved from the comfort of the Midwest (Wisconsin!) and started a life in Texas, starting a “side gig” of managing social media for a handful of clients on the side. Read more>>

Alyssa McKinzie

Living Lyss Jewelry started because of a small bet and a lot of heart. I started the company while still in college at Texas A&M and originally intended the jewelry to be for myself and some friends. It wasn’t until over a year after taking that step, that I realized I genuinely loved creating unique pieces for other people. Read more>>

Joy Diggs

I became a personal trainer almost ten years ago. I was in grad school and needed a part-time job with flexible hours. Since I have a degree in Exercise & Sport Science, it was an easy fit. I never expected it to become a full-fledged career because I had other aspirations. Read more>>

Rhea Banks

At the age of 5, I fell in love with art. My father was a well-known photographer in the Midwest showed me how to operate the camera. As my life evolved, I began taking pictures of people and I knew art was my passion! My mother was a beauty consultant. I would always watch her put on makeup and network with many people… Read more>>

Joy Williams

While finishing my studies at the University of Texas at Austin and working at the Texas State Capital, I fell ill and had to reevaluate my goals. I discovered that law wasn’t my passion and decided to change careers. I always say I had a mid-life crisis at 21! Lol! Seriously though, I decided to search for my particular purpose and I fell back into my first love. From there, I knew I wanted to become more than just a hair stylist I wanted to help people see themselves in a different light. Read more>>

Fo Alexander

What started with a blog post about not being able to find shoes for my awkward feet became more of a ministry for single women looking for guidance and support as they journeyed through life. I guess you could say that I became an inspirational, lifestyle blogger. Read more>>

Mary Timoney

She is a seasoned triathlete. In 2007, she completed her first Sprint Triathlon, winning first place overall in her category. From there she went on to earn podium finishes in dozens of triathlons to include the ITU Triathlon World Championship 2017, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Read more>>

Kristin Lewis

In the fall of 2013, I opened an Etsy shop making handcrafted banners for holidays and parties. As the business grew, I began thinking of offering other items. I’m an avid reader and I love words and sayings, so I decided to branch out from banners and offer handmade wooden signs beginning in 2017. Read more>>

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