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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.

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>>

Andrea Wiggins

I was the girl who never really fit the mold (or so I felt in my head) of what I thought a “pretty” girl was supposed to look/be like. I was SUPER shy and soft-spoken. And physically, I always felt a little “chunky” and was often very self-conscious about being what I felt was bigger than the other girls. Read more>>

Chelsea Kidder

I grew up in a very entrepreneurial family. My father ran independent grocery stores and later owned a chain of high-end specialty toy, book and clothing stores in the Washington, DC area. It was there I worked all aspects of retail and developed a passion for specialty retail and customer service. Read more>>

Thyra Clagg

I moved to Houston in 2015 as a single mom to a newborn. I struggled to meet female friends to just hang out with. I didn’t want a mom’s group… I just wanted to find a group for adult working women to build friendships. I couldn’t find one, so I made Woodlands Girls Night Out on Facebook. Read more>>

Isis R. McCraw

My real estate career began in 2014 when I left a 12 years career in higher education for the opportunity to have a more flexible work/personal life. I had two children under the age of 7, a husband with a full career and a non-traditional hour profession that called for late evenings to accomplish my vision for the office. Read more>>

Briana Banks

I became skilled at decorating parties as well as cooking and making treats. I would often be complemented by others. So that’s when I decided to extend my services to family members, friends, and then others. This was the beginning of my 1st small business. My creative niche from younger has further developed over the past ten years as a mom of three boys, two girls and a wife. Read more>>

Gabrielle Darko

I started doing photography in around tenth grade basically just to take pictures for family events or for travel. People kept telling me I had a gift so I decided to pick it up more throughout highschool. By my senior year, I had started my own business and gotten many inquiries for graduations, weddings. Read more>>

Hope Taylor

I’ve struggled with acne my whole life. I spent some much time at a Dermatologist office I almost became one. I even dated one!! At age 40, I was still battling Acne and now also getting fine lines!! I needed some serious help! Nothing I tried worked. Read more>>

Madeline and Jena McCrann

As my daughter approached 7th grade, I noted there was not a Junior Cotillion program here in The Woodlands. Growing up, it was a rite of passage for all Junior High students to attend Junior Cotillion. I had worked close to 20 years as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for Texas Children’s Hospital, private clinics and the school system and was eager to take on a new “project. Read more>>

Liv Harrison

At 7 years old I made my radio debut by helping advertise about my father’s tire store. The first talk I ever wrote and public ally gave was at 13. The first retreat I wrote and produced was with friends at age 18. My first emceeing gig was at age 21. And the first conference I helped write, design, and execute was at 35. Read more>>

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