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Trailblazers: The Woodlands

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

Leigh Callaway

Trulei Versatile Studios was established in 2016 to begin a life long journey. My passion for Fine Art and Photography is what drove me from the beginning and it still drives me now. In fact, it’s what makes me tick. My love for art started at a young age and continued to grow with each medium I was introduced to. I have been a photographer for 13 years, and an interdisciplinary multimedia performance artist for seven years. Read more>>

Nadia Edison

I have been in the Hospitality and Food Service business since I was 16 years old. I always knew I wanted to be a chef! So, when it came time to apply for college, I applied for one school, Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC, for their Culinary Arts and Food Service Management program. Having watched my parents in the kitchen growing up, school came very easily to me. Read more>>

Taryn Shaffer

I worked through my eating disorder alone and even found a passion for powerlifting. It became my mission as a trainer to teach others to live a balanced life. To have confidence in who they are, not a number on the scale. I wanted to share my journey to inspire others to know they are not alone. Read more>>

Marie Karmela Ocampo

I first became a mom two years ago. Then, I got pregnant again, soon after, my first child was born. It’s crazy, right? I have PCOS and Hashimoto’s disease which made me infertile for the longest time. So, I can’t complain. I always try to remember those nights when I was crying in bed and praying that I bear a child of my own soon. Read more>>

Meredith Kopal

I wanted my website to be a resource for other moms for ideas on parenting, a place to find deals and discounts on apparel and household goods, and the occasional easy recipe – basically all things mom life! I have a background in broadcast journalism and as a new stay at home mom, I was looking for an outlet for some of my creative energy so that is how Making Memories With My Minis got started. Read more>>

Farah Hasnie

My observant nature and the urge to improve my surroundings landed me to the field of arts and design. I graduated from the University of Houston. At the university, I worked as a graphic designer for The Daily Cougar, a student-run newspaper. This was a great opportunity where I was able to cultivate my knowledge into experience working for the editorial and advertising team. Read more>>

Kaela Vangilder

I would say that my story started with insecurities and learning to love myself through trials in life I have encountered. My life’s goal as a sexual assault advocate/survivor has been to inspire others to break free from silence and also learn to love themselves. Modeling was an unexpected journey for me, but showing women through me “the girl that always struggled with feeling like the ugly duckling” that we are all swans! Read more>>

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