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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.

Nancy Gribble

I finally felt like I was on the verge of having it all. I was a highly successful realtor. I was happily married, had a beautiful young son, dog and living on the water. I felt like things in my life had finally turned around and life was shaping up exactly as I had always imagined it would. Then in October 2008, everything changed. My husband suddenly became ill and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma – stage 4 brain cancer. Read more>>

Krystal Eicher

My name is Krystal, the Girlfriend Getaway Guru. I’m a foodie, yogi (that should do more yoga), coffee addict, and travel junkie. I am a mother of daughters and mil spouse. Born and raised in Kansas, I was a small-town girl with big dreams beyond the sunflower state. It was there that I met my husband – an Army ROTC cadet. In a spur of the moment decision, we eloped and a few months later moved to Mannheim, Germany. Read more>>

Kaila Washington

After I graduated from The University of Alabama, I moved to Charlotte all alone and found myself needing something more than just a 9-5 to keep me happy. A light bulb finally went off when I was sitting on the couch watching the camp-themed MET gala that it was time to get back to making hair accessories something I always loved to do and that was when Kouture Klips was born. Read more>>

Erica “EKay” King

I am a single mother living in Houston, TX by way of Compton, CA. I moved here in Nov of 2009 in order to raise my daughter in a place I thought was a great place to raise children. I have spent the last 20+ years as a professional background vocalist working for variest artists around the world. But currently, I am a mother and a full-time student at University of Houston. Read more>>

Mrs. AngelaRaye Penright

I remember growing my big sister was always my protect and she was the one who showed me all of those coming into a women thing. One day without warning, it stopped I am not sure When nor why. Now, I am all grown-up. She is no longer protecting me. She is mentally abusing me with every chance she gets so not to object myself to this type of abuse a stay as far away from here as possible and now we have no relationship at all. Read more>>

Darly Sebastian

Today I describe myself as a strong, confident and independent businesswoman and mother. To say these words out loud is very special to me and makes me proud of the woman I have become. I grew up in India with strict rules on how women should behave or act. My mother was the strongest human on earth for me. Read more>>

Jennifer Kahn

It all started well before I had any idea I’d be running an accessories company! I was a Stage Manager regionally and on Broadway for 17 years, and for four years ran a blog on giveback and ethical style. These were the two halves of my heart that I never thought would have anything to do with one another. Until one day, while on the road trip with a friend, I came up with the idea for Scenery Bags. Read more>>

Hailey Rodee

My journey into Asia’s growing fashion industry was impartially my dad’s doing. After moving us halfway across the world, from Houston to Singapore, I became infatuated with the expanding industry of fashion modeling within Asia. Through posting pictures on my Instagram account, I was scouted by a local agent in the area at age 14. Read more>>

Erica Brue

I have always loved candles, but I would get so frustrated when I would buy one, light it and hours later forget that it was on because I couldn’t smell it! So I decided to make my own; thinking this would be a simple task I quickly realized this was no easy feat! After months of research, lots of trial and error, and even having to rename the business – Match & Wick was born. Read more>>

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