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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.

Olga Bachilo

I am originally from Mink, Belarus and I moved to Houston, Texas with my family in 1998. My father is a research scientist and was given an opportunity at Rice University to do research. When we moved, we thought this was just a temporary situation. In the past we have lived in Sweden where my father also did research. Read more>>

Gabrielle Martin

At 22 years old, I was dealing with the most major loss of my life to date, tending to what my mother left behind, and trying to make sense of my newfound adulthood. I continued on with enrolling in my graduate program that falls and looked after my brother, who was 16 at the time. It’s been almost four years now, and I have come to understand that my mother worked so hard that she became out of touch with her health, which is common in the women of my family and many other African-American families led by single mothers. Read more>>

Erin Berger

I first got into health and fitness in high school. I was looking for a physical activity I could get into because I wasn’t involved in any sports. I struggled with yo-yo dieting and wanted to learn more about how to be healthy and reach my fitness goals without crazy diets. Read more>>

Taylor Berry

I knew I wanted to have a career in journalism my senior year of high school. I needed one elective to fill my course list and my dad actually suggested I take journalism since I’ve always been a good writer. I signed up for the course, and shortly after my teacher moved me to newspaper. Read more>>

Chanel Young

From a very young age, I knew I would be at my happiest pursuing music. It’s always been my one true passion. Music kind of ran in the family a little bit on my dad’s side so I think naturally I just always kind of had that passion there but I didn’t really take that first step into it until I moved to Montreal, Quebec in high school. Read more>>

Heather Hirschman

About ten years ago, I was a driven, talented, and well sought-after interior designer in Los Angeles. I was passionately in love with my work and was living my dream in California. Then, one day, everything changed. I began having severe stomach issues, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Read more>>

DeAndra Scott

I’ve always known I wanted to be an entertainer from as long as I can remember. I can sit & think of my childhood consisting of church programs, school talent shows & community plays! My mother also did her very best to expose me to the right people but in some way it always fell through. Read more>>

Melody Nebo

I recently launched FEARLESS FACE, a holistic beauty blog/brand in an effort to encourage myself and push me out of my comfort zone all while sharing my abilities as an up-and-coming makeup artist. All my life I’ve had a passion for all things beauty related and saw it as creative form of expression. Read more>>

Melissa Williams Murphy

My interest in childhood creativity and literacy started immediately after graduate school. I had a passion for influencing self-confidence in children, so I started a series of books for upper elementary-aged children called, Iggy the Iguana. They were published through my publishing company. Read more>>

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