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Category: Real Trailblazers

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

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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

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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

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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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Lizzie Ann Jones and vulnerability as a superpower

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Lizzie Ann Jones sees careers as stories, and hers has included chapters at major tech companies (Amazon, Expedia), running a career strategy firm (Hey Lizzie Ann) and pursuing an MBA to further hone her business fundamentals and empathetic leadership approach. Sharing her story with her network of 36,000 professionals on LinkedIn, Lizzie is blazing trails …

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Different trails through career transitions

Whether by choice or chance, career changes are a fact of professional life. A 2019 survey found 49% of full-time workers have experienced a major career change, and 65% say they’re either thinking or have thought about making a dramatic shift. It’s also common to feel alone in the moment, especially when social media shows an artificial …

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10 women, 10 different paths to starting a business

Women are answering the call of entrepreneurship — in the U.S., women started an average of 1,817 businesses per day in 2019. But what does that look like, really, to a woman aspiring to found a company? Current research like this is helpful in proving that she’s not alone in pursuing this goal, but it doesn’t tell …

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