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Trailblazers: Stafford

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

Danielle Fortune

My passion for hair started as a little girl, spending my summers on the north side in my aunt’s hair salon. Separating rollers, hair, organizing client profile cards, anything I could to soak up the energy and observe the fascinating art of the hair industry. Read more>>

Ginetta Lewis

As an author, group fitness instructor and motivational speaker Ginetta’s goal is to help young adult men and women detour from self-destruction by building up self-appreciation through spiritual and physical fitness. Nicknamed “the survivor expert. Read more>>

Chelsey Bolden

I’ve picked up a tattoo apprenticeship from a very respectable and artistically intelligent mentor and created an online store for my prints and clothing influenced by Asian culture, cyberpunk, cyber goth, occult/metaphysic fashion. Read more>>

Lindsay Corona

loved the craft, the smell of buttercream whipping and fresh cookies in the oven, the camaraderie that comes with working 16 hour days, and the “Friday Night Wine” we all shared after pouring our heart and souls into making beautiful and unique cakes for our customers’ special occasions. Read more>>

Jala Prendes

My goals this year relate more to the community than to myself. I seek to impact a greater number of people with inspiration, positivity, and to use my personal experiences to better the lives of others. I’ve always been interested in living life to the fullest. I am a fine arts painter and comic book creator [Neon Skies Studio], a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist [Fireheart Fitness], co-host of’s The Level gaming podcast and community moderator, and an Affiliate Trainer for Camp Gladiator. Read more>>

Felicia Sexton

I owned The Women’s Health and Fitness Center, an all women’s gym for 7 years. I am a 57-year-old bodybuilder, I’ve won over 23 shows. I wrote From Recovery To Discovery, My Journey Through Addiction to share my story and how good GOD is. Our gym is a safe place for women. Read more>>

Adaeze J. Ekwem

During undergrad, I thought about creating a cookbook of healthy meals that will accommodate different cultures in Houston and never saw it through. Then it was a convenient spot for people to purchase meals starting in Nigeria and Houston, again, I didn’t see it through. It wasn’t until October 2017, a name stood out in my head and I prayed on it and God revealed to me His vision. Read more>>

Gernisha Marshall

I first got into makeup when I was pregnant with my son and was not liking some changes in my physical face features, and it made fall in love with makeup. Months later, I lost my son and felt like my world had crashed. Despite the pain, when I put on makeup, it makes me feel happy on the inside. This is when I knew makeup was a passion and I never wanted to stop doing it. After a few years of perfecting doing makeup on myself, I began servicing other people. It wasn’t as simple as when I did makeup on myself, so I took a break, took a class to better my craft, and the rest is history. Read more>>

Embler Igwe

I’d never really thought I had a story to tell, but after looking back on how far I’ve come, it almost seemed like a disservice to God to not give him all of the glory. I didn’t start my journey as a blogger or anything close to it. My background is in health. Read more>>

Leah Gonzales

Life Skills House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization that is dedicated to addressing the issue of generational poverty. Our focus is on multicultural young single moms and pregnant women from economically challenged backgrounds. Read more>>

Crystal Ngumezi

I am blessed to be a blessing to so many men and women who come across my story online, become clients or students of my businesses, and meet me in person at events. The stories others share with me remind me why I do what I do – to help people. Read more>>

Ja’leah ( The Mediaeyecon

See, my mind was not expecting where I am today. The goal was to have my very own talk show. So, I pursued my degree in Mass Communications at Stephen F Austin State University and graduated with my bachelors in Mass Communications in May of 2014. Read more>>

Keda Sharber

The biggest storm of my life happened in 2008. It was a year that flipped my world upside down. Although words were not enough to express what I was feeling, the emotions were too intense to keep bottled up. Read more>>

Bri’Ann Stephens

My entire life, I have been a social butterfly. I have always been surrounded by many people — being the party girl. A couple of years ago, I considered myself the life of the party. Eventually, that lifestyle took a toll on me and in 2015, I found myself depressed. Read more>>

Kenné Johnson

I had a passion for strip eyelashes. Everywhere I went women would stop me and ask where I come to my lashes. I soon decided to start my own 3D eyelash line (e-commerce website) seeing how popular they were among women. Read more>>

Charity Garrido

When I decided to become an entreprenuer, after having my 3rd baby girl in 2015, it really was the perfect fit. Being in charge of my own business, and deciding when and where I wanted to “work” that day. Read more>>

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