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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.

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>>

Vicky Adegbola

I’m Nigerian American and grew up in Columbus, Oh, I loved the arts–i.e. dance, art, and fashion, but I wasn’t aware that there were career options available in those areas that would allow me to adequately provide for myself financially. So, I ended up going to law school AND finishing, but I didn’t love it. I took a leap of faith and studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Read more>>

Breccia Demartini

I have a dedication to presentation and I want to change the world through my vision and mission. My brand DemARTini which is my last name, it is Italiano and has art in the center of it! So now, I am a woman on a mission helping people bring their purpose to the surface and empower them through presentation and to stand out in life and do what they love! Read more>>

Shania Khan

I have found a middle ground where I’ve been charging according to what they have available and how much time I can give them. It is so rewarding to see a woman take charge of her life and start a small business and finally bringing in the money that she deserves with the free time that she deserves. Read more>>

Carly Dalton

I always knew that I wanted to do something related to sports or fitness. I have never had the desire to work a 9-5 or sit at a desk all day. I’m too high energy to feel boxed in. What I didn’t know, is that one day, I’d be my own boss. Read more>>

JaNae Lyon

Once I dive into my personality and tendencies and my heart issues, we see a huge rise in sales! If you are just starting your journey, please know that we all have a purpose and are worthy of sharing our story, others will be blessed by you sharing! Read more>>

Anna Lolomari

I offered interior decorating and personal styling services and the best part as an entrepreneur is that I could manage my time around my kids early years schedule. It was a tough journey for marketing clients and building my client base but found business network engagements and project references from clients helped my success. Read more>>

Laura Rivera

I worked full time, was a full-time student and then my mother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. My world shifted as I became a full-time caregiver all over again. I pushed through the doctor visits and long hours at the hospital next to my mom and graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Communications/ Public Relations. Read more>>

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