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Trailblazers: Outside 610

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 Outside 610 that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Vicki Pham

I will never forget a very persuasive co-worker who insisted I needed to be an esthetician. At the time, estheticians were not in high demand so I was not familiar with the career and simply shrugged it off, but she was persistent until I finally did. She saw something in me that I did not yet see in myself and she was right. Read more>>

Hortencia Rodriguez

I truly believe that leaders create other leaders and that is my goal to help create empowered woman leaders in our city. If you took the time to read my story and you are a young woman battling with any stern situation, I encourage to join our surrounded mentorship program you do not have to do life alone! Read more>>

Tiziana Ciacciofera Triolo

The life of a woman is by nature one of the compromises, good compromises between career and family. The message I would like young women to take home, is that career and family are not mutually exclusive. My relocation to the USA, for example, was a difficult and very courageous choice. Read more>>

Jana Guest

I totally understand that it’s super uncomfortable to ask and you feel like you’re bothering them. But if you’re honest and just say hey, look… I really need some help getting to my goal this month, can you help me out? You’d be surprised at how many people will say yes. Lean on your leaders. That’s what they are there for. Always talk to them. Read more>>

Tameika Buggage

My performance caught the attention of one of the church’s Actor’s Guild Directors, Priscilla Foster, who plays a significant role in my decision to pursue acting full time. Over the years, she has supported and encouraged me to never give up on my dreams and to always allow God to order my steps. Read more>>

Karian Durham

There is something for everyone. While tackling the color confusion, Karian also wanted to make a difference by giving back to the community. Komplexx Blends Cosmetics donates a portion of its proceeds to the Parkinson’s foundation in honor of Karian’s grandmother, Sallie V. Newby with the hope that someday a cure will be found. Read more>>

Shanea Elizondo

Wella Professionals, it was a dream come true and it’s actually what inspired me to go into business for myself. Being an educator caused me to realize that helping others grow is much more rewarding than just always worrying about yourself and what you need. What I definitely look forward to in the future is growing my business and having a staff I can pour into. One that’s connected and engaged in this industry. Read more>>

Joanne Lock

I always love to dress up, just like many other little girls. While I love a variety of fashion styles, dresses are always my go-to outfits. After graduating from college, I landed a corporate job in Supply Chain Management. Often at workplaces, attending work conferences or out in the public places. Read more>>

Stephanie Santos

I am a youth/young adult pastor, which oversees the ministry of 6th – 12th graders, and 18-30-year-olds. I also travel to speak and am a blogger. I am most proud of simply having the honor to be in the full-time ministry itself. It’s an honor to have front row seats to watch God change the lives of lost, and broken people. Read more>>

Maria Sotolongo

I am a meteorologist on CW39’s “Morning Dose”. We cover local news, weather, traffic, and sports in a way unlike any other! You can watch us Mon-Fri 6-9 a.m.! Having worked in television for over 15 years, I know it’s sometimes challenging to find a flow or work well together with a team. But here, it’s been a blessing to get to a comfort level with each other that is rare. Read more>>

Jessica Gentry

When I started blogging, I was still considered a newlywed. Fast forward two babies later and I’m actually at crossroads with what direction I want to take my blog. In the past, I was solely fashion, but if you look at my Instagram now, its definitely taken a shift. I incorporate more of what’s going on in my daily life- which is motherhood! Read more>>

April Felton

I’m April Felton, wife, mother and Founder of Immaculate Concepts. I graduate from the University of Houston with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and also hold a Master of Business Administration from Texas Southern University. Read more>>

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