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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.

McKenzie Morgan

I was interested in everything under the sun because I so desperately wanted to find something that stuck – photography, reading, writing, clothes. She mentioned that I should start a blog. This, she explained, would be a way to creatively express my thoughts in a professional way. I reluctantly agreed and a few weeks later, “Styled by McKenz” was born. As a 14-year-old starting a fashion and lifestyle blog, I was nervous. Read more>>

Kathleen Maca

When I was a kid, I was absolutely enchanted with anything to do with the Wild West. (Truth be known, I still do.) I also loved stories, places, and items from the past. But like most people, I didn’t much care for History class, since I equated it with memorizing names and dates. It took a while to make the connection that the things I enjoyed were true history. Read more>>

Lizette Hartman

My older brother encouraged me to try doing bridal makeup as he was doing at the time. I started shadowing him and learning how the business worked. I quickly fell in love with the interactions we had with the clients. I decided to give it a try. A couple of years into it, I enrolled at all Mitchell the school Houston where I received my cosmetology license in the state of Texas. Read more>>

Ashley Sheppard

I started string beading in 2010 as a hobby. I began receiving compliments on my jewelry and the question ” Where did you get your bracelets”? Became frequent, I would reply” Oh, I made them” and the next question was “Do you sell them”? That was the beginning of Chic Haven Jewelry. In 2012, I registered for my DBA, other licensing and I started my page on social media. Read more>>

Selena Dione

I became the proud mom of a beautiful baby girl. She was perfect in every way. Our only challenge was her severe allergies. Her allergies caused her to have seasonal bouts of asthma and constant issues with eczema. While asthma has been controlled through medical means, we were not so lucky with eczema. I began creating various bath blends, salves, and other natural remedies to help her skin. Read more>>

Kayla Gatlin

The thought never really ever left my mind though. I continued to get fired from jobs for reasons that had nothing to do with me personally an I decided that it was time I take a chance on myself an try to market myself. I started to believe that I’m all that I need to make money an here I am. I took a leap of faith an I can’t turn back now nor would I ever want to. Read more>>

Laura Laureles

I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry, I started my formal training at the Aveda Institute, after going for ‘a tour’ I signed up before I left. I finished my training at the Paul Mitchell School. I had, and still have a full-time job, so for me, it was not a fit to work in a salon immediately. Read more>>

Kathryn Ducommun

I ventured out to different industry jobs but nothing really did it for me. In the past year, I really sat down to figure out how I could pursue my dream of being a chef and business owner. I knew that it would be hard and especially hard with a two-year-old. I decided to take a step of faith. I introduced Kats Cuisine in July of 2018 and it’s been on the rise ever since. I give God all the glory. Read more>>

Kat Padon

I was studying to be a doctor because I had a passion for helping people. Just before graduation, I realized I didn’t want to pursue a career in medicine, but I still had that passion for helping people and making their lives better. I had started to play with the idea of starting a blog with a fitness focus and with the support of my friends and family, I finally took the leap. Read more>>

Lydia Lutz

I learned as much as I could from anyone who is willing to share and teach me. But it was here that I realized a certain demographic was lacking. The salon had an open concept floor and offered no privacy for any women of the hijabi community, and younger generations want to have the experience of going to a salon and getting their hair done. I decided to leave Blue Mambo after two-and-a-half years. Read more>>

WyKisha McKinney

My experiences as a survivor of suicide loss, both good and bad, continues to drive my passion for helping others. I learned all that I could learn about suicide. I took every training or workshop that came my way. I began volunteering at the local crisis hotline, where I would eventually become a manager and trainer. I became one of the founding board members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Southeast Texas chapter. Read more>>

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