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Category: Real Trailblazers

A conversation with born helper Dr. Haydée Cuza

Writer, researcher, EdD, mother, friend, wife — Haydée Cuza doesn’t fit into only one box, and that’s a very, very good thing. She’s been an anchor in the OwnTrail community for some time, and it was an honor to talk with her more deeply about her journey through life. I couldn’t think of a more …

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Insights from chief inspiration officer Liana Fricker

Liana Fricker is a lot of things, but her very real title of Chief Inspiration Officer sums it up best. The UK-based, California-bred optimist is blazing her trail her way — bringing her creative flair for leadership and advocacy for women in business and underrepresented founders together as the founder of the Inspiration Space. She …

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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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10 Trailblazers That Are Building Communities for Women

#HowSheDidIt is our series highlighting different paths of women with similar experience or passion as shining examples that there’s no one right path, just the one you’re blazing. The world of women building communities for women is collaborative, not competitive — the more focus there is on supporting the many identities and experiences that make …

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Learning, teaching and trekking with Upasna Gautam

Upasna Gautam exemplifies embracing the journey. While that experience looks different for everyone, the intention, awareness and iterative approach in the trail she’s blazing paints a clear picture of the life she’s building. The TEDx speaker, CNN product manager, hiker and lifelong learner shared more about her journey with us, including lessons from mentorship, advice …

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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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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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Sana Akhand is blazing trails for connection in New York City

Sana Akhand standing in front of city view

Sana Akhand wants New Yorkers to connect with their city and each other. She founded Jet Black Social Club, which beta launched in August 2020, to provide the localized content, events and community she felt missing. With 1,700 clubhouse members to date, she’s preparing the transition to safe in-person events all while being open about …

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