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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.

Anita Carman

I came to America at the age of 17 shortly after I woke up to find my mother had taken her own life. I tried to run from my past by living at an accelerated rate, I graduated from college in two years, got my MBA and dived into corporate America. I bought my first house at 24 and was living the American dream on the outside while dying on the inside. It was after my first son that life caught up with me. I discovered you can never hide from your past because your past is part of you. The only way to heal from the past is to transform rewrite a different ending to the story. Read more>>

Lisa Mason

I was crafty all my life. I played with paint, clay, paper, whatever I could find. I went into business with my father, doing craft shows selling mostly painted wood items. The problem with that was that you had to anticipate what would sell and make multiples of the same items. I got bored with that and quit for a while. Safroni Art came and went over the years, painting clay pots and making crosses whenever there was a need. In 2014, I discovered social media. Yes, I was a late bloomer. I asked around if anyone on Facebook would be interested in some Christmas ornaments of their dogs made of clay. Read more>>

Rachel Stubbe

From the tears of 2016 to today, I can say with all honesty, I am grateful God had bigger plans for my dreams. Today, I am grateful to be serving sweet couples as a member of the Cotton Collective and look to the future with a joyful heart. Read more>>

Dozie Oheri

I knew I could make a major positive impact in the lives of the kids I interacted with daily, but essentially company politics made it hard to do so. So I told myself that I could start my own nonprofit that really reaches the kids and so Choose to DO, Inc. was born. Read more>>

Victoria Cooper

I always wanted to work in investments and I started my career working for a financial data vendor and eventually worked my way onto a trading floor assisting brokers. After a couple years, I wanted more and applied for business school. Read more>>

Lakeitha Smith

My mindset began to shift, I then began looking to pursuing my passion. The passion that I had always dreamed of and discussed with so many of my peers, friends and family members for so many years. My dream to own my own design firm. Read more>>

Christina Hicks

I was a stay at home mom and as my boys got older and became more independent, I realized I wanted to get back to work. I wanted to still be able to volunteer at my boy’s schools and be there for my kids when they needed me so I decided to start Chicks Picks Boutique out of my home. Read more>>

Tanisha R. Atkins

Inspite of the challenges I faced, I continued to push forward one step at a time. I take many opportunity I can to Inspire the world because that truly is my life’s Purpose. I recently started a podcast called Morning coffee and it gives me great joy to add my voice to the world to make it better. Read more>>

Diamond Dickson

The atmosphere of the radio station felt like a dream. I was honored to be part of such a wonderful organization, all while growing closer to Jesus. Now that it is my senior year of college, I am even more thrilled to graduate and take on the world. Read more>>

Miriam Lerma

I’ve always loved fashion and the way clothes make you feel. Now from the days of only wearing dresses my fashion sense has evolved but I still love to wear dresses. I would get compliments from people about my outfits but I didn’t think anything of it until I discovered Instagram. Read more>>

Debra Collier-Harris and Diane Collier

We started Inspiring Women Today because we wanted to provide women with opportunities to collaborate with one another, as well as a platform to share their services, products, and/or knowledge. Every day we meet women with a passion that they want to pursue or a goal they want to reach. Read more>>

Jill Phillips

I started refinishing and painting furniture to build up enough inventory to last through a few shows. In 2015, I officially became a vendor at Texas Antiques Week, and I was hooked! That is how Jill Allison Designs started. Since then I have been a vendor at over 20 different shows. Read more>>

Trissa Rosette

In my research for tiny boutique ideas, I stumbled onto the concept of a mobile boutique housed in something called an Airstream. I had heard of an Airstream before but didn’t really know much about them. I quickly fell in love with this shiny, undeniably beautiful vintage trailer. Read more>>

Francheska Campbell

Being inspired by my mother and sisters, hair became a passion. Once I was able to do my own hair I experimented with different styles and techniques. Practicing on family and friends, my talent flourished. Working many different jobs throughout the years, hair had always been my outlet and my go to. Read more>>

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