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Trailblazers: West Loop

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

Amy Polak

When my husband and I started our business coaching company, we were newlyweds. We loved business and we loved helping people. When we heard about Business Coaching, about 11 years ago, it was very new and was not well known. We were very young and had major doubts, but thought it would be worth giving it a go. We started out with a Business Coaching Franchise. Read more>>

Michele Lavon

I have wanted to be a model since the age of three. I didn’t know what it was called but I knew I wanted to wear fancy dresses, wear high heels and walk around for people to see me! My father had to correct the kindergarten teacher when she assumed I wanted to be a dancer. He politely said, “no she means a model… can’t you tell how beautiful my little girl is? She wants to model for the world. Read more>>

Saffire Cherry

During that time and being promoted to a counter inside of Saks Houston Galleria, I was introduced to the NARS by a fellow industry friend of mine and fell in love with every single product that I touched with NARS. NARS had foundations with amazing formulas that I had never seen before and hands down Radiant Creamy Concealer is still the best concealer that I have used and I have tried a lot. Read more>>

Anhlan Nguyen

Here I am at the end of 2018, a year full of actions and new energy. I learned to transform the pain of my grief into a source of incredible energy not only to sustain myself but also to uplift me to the next level of my life. God gave me this gift of pain and sorrow so that I can be connected with whom I will serve to help them transform their pain to something that enriches them. Read more>>

Andrea Everline

Hailing from Houston, TX, Ms. Everline has ridden the wave of adversity. Her track was far from clear, as calamity would continue for years to come. The source of her strength reigned from the Almighty, through her parents. The sixth born of nine to Johnnie Faye and Ronald Anthony, Ms. Everline was raised in a home surrounded by love. At the tender age of 13, her family lost its shine. Her mother’s battle with breast cancer ended after a decade. The next chapter of Dre’s life included heartache, basketball, and motherhood. All of which led to a life of fortitude. Read more>>

Deborah Michelson

I’ve always loved facial treatments. That’s what eventually lead me to being an esthetician. My first facial was when I was 16 years old. I fell in love with the experience right then and there – and the love of good skincare. Read more>>

Kyaris Johnson

God transformed me and has blessed me with a heart that desires to see others transform into their best selves. God has blessed me with a passion to serve, to develop leaders, to be an activator, and desire to see God’s children grow into the leaders he designed them to be. Read more>>


Being active and involved in the community are two things that have shaped me throughout my life. Growing up, I was involved in dance and cheer, student council, volunteering at the local hospitality center, you name it! Being a busy kid kept me pretty active, but it always felt that those things were what kids were supposed to do. I never thought twice about whether I enjoyed those things or not. I attended school at Sam Houston State University where I cheered and was involved in Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Read more>>


I started my blog a year after I experienced a heart attack in my late 30’s. The blog truly started off organically, as I felt a renewed self and overall appreciation to my surroundings. I started snapping pictures and was so grateful for the culturally diverse city in which we live in and wanted to promote new thinking of being a “tourist in your own city” type of approach. In the beginning, I set out goals for each month and attained them each time, and here I am two years later seeing this hobby flourish into a promising business model. Read more>>

Centrell Reed

My story starts way back with family as my foundation. It was instilled in me as a child that I could accomplish anything, and I believe it to this day. I was raised in a military family, so we moved a lot and lived in different states. I always had to make new friends. Read more>>

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