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Trailblazer Claire Shorall on coaching, competition and the classroom

Calling Claire Shorall a lifelong learner is an understatement. Her passion for supporting individual and collective learning, growth and success has been a constant across her days as a student-athlete at Rice University, to more than a decade teaching high school, working in venture capital and mentorship and now as the co-founder and CEO of …

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Ochuko Akpovbovbo on confidence, college and redefining success on your own terms

Ochuko Akpovbovbo smiles at the visualization of her trail through life

Founding and launching Parachute Media. Landing a prime role at a top sportswear brand. Graduating from college. Ochuko Akpovbovbo hasn’t let the past year and a half stop her aspirations. In fact, the Lagos native currently based in Portland is just getting started. She took a few moments out of her purpose-packed schedule to share …

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Getting authentic and awkward with Frances Tang

Frances Tang and her trail on OwnTrail

Some ‘aha’ moments are mundane, some are miraculous and some can be plain awkward — and Frances Tang‘s company Awkward Essentials is living proof. Personal experience led her to create the company’s signature after-sex cleanup product, then she brought the often awkward bedroom conversation to the boardroom to successfully raise $2.3 million to expand. It’s …

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Creative trailblazers talk creativity and stress

Stress and creativity: we’ve all got ’em both. Thankfully, four creative trailblazers from the OwnTrail community— Kaitlin Maud, Brandi Nicole Payne, Susan Lieu and Jen Fischer — came together for a frank conversation about stress, creativity and the relationship between them. Here are some key takeaways from the discussion: 1. Being an artist or creative …

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Chrissy Cowdrey’s journey to bring the power of storytelling to everyone

Chrissy Cowdrey looks off camera against a deep purple background next to an image of milestone icons winding in a curvy line

Chrissy Cowdrey believes we’re all storytellers…and we can’t agree more. The power of storytelling has been a thread throughout her journey, from a successful design career to traveling the world to founding and raising more than $1 million to grow Stagger — a visual storytelling platform enabling small business owners to create and optimize digital …

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Meet the OwnTrail advisors

OwnTrail advisors Rebecca, Mark, Miracle, Andrew and Joan

We strongly believe that the best companies, communities and experiences come from building collaboratively. For us, that very much includes our advisors. These incredibly talented experts bring their individual experience, insights and perspectives to make team OwnTrail smarter, stronger and even more thoughtful. While most of their work with us may happen behind the scenes, …

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