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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.

Chrysta Joy Jaucian

I started making music when I was pretty young. You could say being a musician runs in the family. My mom and uncles all play guitar and most of my family sings, so I was always surrounded by music and encouraged to make music too. As I grew up, I took music more seriously by taking vocal lessons and guitar classes till I felt like I had a solid foundation. Read more>>

Mary Jackson

I started college at Texas A & M University in 1976. When I began, I wasn’t sure about my major. After taking a class where I observed middle school classes, I began to realize one big thing. If you reach a student on a personal level, you can teach them anything. I then decided being a teacher was what I wanted to do. After student teaching at Westchester HS, I got my first teaching job at Stratford HS. Read more>>

Heather Hale

My mom and I started toying with the idea of starting a business together about three years ago. She has been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember and I guess she passed the bug on to me. As we were dreaming about what kind of business we could create, we talked about our unique gifts and what holes in the market we saw. Read more>>

Dana Camille Case

Having a fine artist as a mother exposed me to drawing and painting from a young age. If she was finishing up one of her paintings and didn’t feel quite right, she would call me into the studio as her mini counsel, asking what the painting was lacking. I took my job seriously, as a 5th grader, studying the composition and color palette until I could produce an adequate answer. Read more>>

Meredith Harper Speer

I knew two things. First, I adored reading. I would max out my library checkouts every two weeks, stay up late finishing chapters, and was constantly carrying books everywhere I went. Second, I wanted to run by own business. I came from a long line of entrepreneurs and knew that I wanted to follow that tradition. I had a hunger to create something from the ground up, to be a leader, and to design my own work. Read more>>

Melanie Moraida-Swenson and Siera Rosales

I am originally a small-town girl from Bloomington, TX that had some pretty big dreams. After my first attempt at college, I felt I wasn’t ready for the college experience and I joined the military. I moved to the Houston area from California in 2003 with my youngest daughter in tow after receiving an honorable discharge from United States Marine Corps. Read more>>

Andrea Johnson

My anxiety and depression shifted into heartfelt purpose, and I wanted others to know, they too, had the power to change. Over the last ten years, I have worked as a therapist in a private practice setting, and currently, I co-own a group psychotherapy practice where I help clients step into their own power and create a life they love. Read more>>

Kiera Foreman

I was deeply depressed but I wanted to break the generational curse and live a thriving life. Over the next few years, I began a serious yoga/meditation practice, became a vegan, and eventually a registered yoga teacher. Now I am on a path of rewriting my story and living my best life. I desire to hold space for others to do the same. Read more>>

Aidai Garnelo

I’ve been a makeup enthusiast since my teenage years. That enthusiasm led me to explore in the world of beauty. I began with makeup which then led me to threading eyebrows and then henna and most recently, eyelash extensions. Read more>>

Sherice Woodson

From a small town in Virginia called Charlottesville. Of course nothing has ever been easy and I still to this very day face challenges within my businesses. Seeing my mom juggle 2-3 jobs at once and starting her own businesses inspired me the most, also seeing my struggled played a part too. Read more>>

Jailyne España

I’m a stage four cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma stage four a few months before my high school graduation in 2016. I’ve been pursuing music as a trumpet player since 2011 so my plans was to study Music Education in college. I was able to attend the University of Rio Grande Valley for about three weeks until I received the devastating news that the chemotherapy I was currently on wasn’t working on me anymore. Read more>>

Mykel B. Davis

Becoming a mother in 2015 changed my life forever. I was blessed to give birth to twin girls weighing in at 4lbs each. Unable to find resources in my area that could accommodate my ability to care for my girls, God placed the spirit of creation on my being and assigned me to the build-out of Muscle Up Mommy, Inc. Read more>>

Sonya Jones

I’ve always liked making crafts. As a little girl, I could spend hours coloring, painting, making key chains and jewelry, or anything else I could think of. This hobby followed me throughout my childhood and into adulthood and I nurtured it by learning skills like calligraphy and hand sewing. Read more>>

Heidi Andrade

I’m a first-generation Latina working in tech, born and raised in H-Town. I grew up in Sharpstown with an incredible single mother who is responsible for the woman I am today. After fleeing to the United States to escape El Salvadors’ civil war, she managed to raise me despite insane obstacles and being constantly restrained by being undocumented. Read more>>

Tu (Tiffany) Dinh

I’m 22 years old and I’m an international student from Vietnam. I came to Houston in the summer of 2017 to finish my bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communication. Living alone in a different country has been the greatest experience of my life. In just two years, I met the love of my life and visited six national parks in all over the United States. Read more>>

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