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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.

Alexa Dolmo

I moved from La Ceiba, Honduras with my mother in 2010 with the help of my father seeking better opportunities. I was 14 years old back then, and I had to adjust to a new lifestyle that I was not used to. It was not easy for me but I did not have a choice. Identically, I always knew I was going to be “different” because I liked to stand out from the crowd and having a thick accent did just that. In addition, when I was in school. Read more>>

Danielle Skinner

Well, it all started a few years ago when I would make frozen daiquiris at home for myself. I began bringing daiquiris with me to parties. kickbacks, graduation celebrations, and everyone loved them. One day, I decided to turn it into a business because who doesn’t love a good strong frozen daiquiri. Read more>>

Lina Arias

I started to have dreams about these delicate pieces in many colors and shapes, one night after another. One summer morning, I grabbed a piece of orange cord, wrapped up two beads, sewed other cords and there, I had in front of me my first pair of apple earrings and this is how Varii started. Read more>>

Kayla Lawson and Vivien Micheloni

Thriver was a long time coming! I graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Special Education in 2013. After teaching, getting into fitness, moving abroad (twice), and finally settling in Houston, I knew the direction I wanted to take my professional journey, but I knew I couldn’t and didn’t want to go at it alone! Read more>>

Gabriella Abramson

I decided to start a Youtube channel to document my life as a model and student. Youtube, as well, has helped me “build my brand.” Although I understand that I still have a long way to go in my modeling career, I am excited for the road ahead. Modeling has become a passion for me and I enjoy every photo shoot, audition, and interview that I attend. Read more>>

Melanie Malone Criswell

Between open houses, showings, and being at her office, I fell in love with homes of all shapes and sizes… both their design and construction. This led to a degree in interior design, my inevitable place in the real estate industry, and my small business drawing homes for people all over the country. Read more>>

Aubrey Leatherman

I especially appreciated seeking the advice of other successful women in the non-profit field. The more we lean on each other and learn from each other, the better we can serve our communities. The non-profit field has an abundance of strong, driven, compassionate women. I’m constantly connecting myself with these women and learning from their journeys to better serve my own. Read more>>

Susan Siman

My love for fashion started at a very early age. My dad was a tailor and I grew up involved in the development of garments with him. Unfortunately, he passed away when I was eight years old and I was left with the desire to learn more about creating beautiful dresses, for that reason I decided to go for a fashion designer degree. Read more>>

Sarah Borchgrevink

I began second shooting for a wedding photographer and began to really enjoy photography! After a few years of working as an assistant, I opened my own photography brand with a focus on newborn, family, and maternity portraiture. My specialty is posed newborn photography, though family and maternity are also included in my brand. Read more>>

Vivien Micheloni

As a Crossfit coach, and someone active in the fitness community, I became very passionate about glute activation in order to help others avoid similar preventable injuries. I began mentioning the bands to anyone struggling with similar issues but wanted that assistance to be affordable to these athletes. Read more>>

Cali Leigha

I’m a master stylist that works with all hair types and servicewomen, children and men as well. I am also a professional makeup artist, once worked for MAC Cosmetics. My shop is a one-stop shop! Currently working on my own product line. Read more>>

Amy Wallner

After graduating from Texas A&M, I started off as a television reporter and moved around a bit. My family and I have always been extremely close, so when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, I decided to give up broadcasting and move back to Houston. She made a full recovery, and I began working in various industries, including commercial real estate, medical, and steel. Read more>>

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