Welcome to Built In Texas!
Every Monday we shine a bright light on the inspiring ideas, achievements and life moments of women leaders in Texas. These fearless women represent what we like to call, The New Texas.
Built In Texas also provides Texas women with career and startup advice, local resources and tips on navigating her way around the state.
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Building A Creative Business That Lasts
Akellia Stewart is a Dallas native and mom whose passion for creative design, shoes, and art inspired the start of her first business, Customs By AK, nearly 10 years ago. Customs By AK brings creative art and style to the process of shoe customization by allowing clients to design their own themes or most popularly, requesting Akellia to personally create freestyle designs that exude each client’s personality, favorite hobbies, memorable moments, interests, and more.In 2022, Akellia launched Saving Soles, a nonprofit dedicated to providing fundamental tools to support and inspire children and their future career advancement. Saving Soles' volunteers use the sharing of knowledge and creativity to discover the needs of students and any obstacles that may be hindering them from moving forward. School readiness, art, mental health, and of course, sneakers is its focus. Saving Soles provides a platform that assists in releasing a student’s creative side and ultimately opening a conversation with the next generation."I got my first start from a good friend who happened to play for the NFL. He challenged me as an artist to step outside my comfort zone by creating a custom shoe for him. I haven’t stopped since and it’s been 10 years of doing what I love. I’ve traveled to different places and have been featured at various events for my custom shoes designs and labs that I have done for many athletes and celebrities. That one opportunity blessed me and gave me the opportunity to serve a bigger cause, which is helping children express themselves through art.”IN HER WORDS:Describe Texas in 3 Words:Big. Adventurous. Opportunity.Frisco Diner (https://www.visitfrisco.com/listing/frisco-diner/655/), Red Claws Crab Shack (https://www.redclawscrabshack.com/), Tender Smokehouse (https://tendersmokehousebbq.com/) What's Next:Next for me is expanding my nonprofit with other local businesses and companies in DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) and growing internationally. Also I’m working on my shoe line as well.Texas Woman That Inspire Me:A woman that inspires me daily is my mother. To see what she has done for the Dallas metroplex as a young woman working in the District Attorney's office then pivoting into another role in the medical field and now being retired and still helping in the community is so inspiring. Her love of helping others and children has been passed down to me and it’s an amazing feeling to have a front row seat. Connect With Me:
The New Self-Care For Professional Women Is Here
Custom suiting has always been a styling option for men...until today. A c-suite executive, mother, daughter, friend and founder, Alana Matthews, knows the power of self-confidence and being well-suited. After working for years as a lawyer and executive with the Dallas Stars, Alana recognized that most custom suiting companies only served men. But suiting herself in the morning was always a way for Alana to power her mindset to tackle the day and Alana felt women should have this experience. Alautus was established to fill this void. Alautus recently launched its newest colorway in Emerald. Check out the beautiful pieces here.IN HER WORDS:Describe Texas in 3 Words:Big: Such a big state with beautiful wide open spaces and such a diverse state from weather, vegetation and people! Bold: Texas and Texans seem to have a natural boldness, a swagger, a confidence and can-do attitude that is just so powerful and inspiring to me. I love it. Opportunity: Texas really has been good to me from an education, career and opportunity standpoint. The mindset here is you can do it.On the Menu: Favorite Place to Grab a Meal?Cowboys Club at The Star in Frisco. My husband and I are members and it is our favorite spot to meet up!What's Next:First, we are expecting our third little boy any day now so that is priority #1 next! We just launched for pre-order our new suiting lines. We are so excited about our Super 120s Wool Windsor Suiting and our Power Stretch Ponte Chelsea Suiting!UPDATE: Alana and her family welcomed their newest little one this past weekend. Congrats!!Texas Women That Inspire Me:Whitney Wolfe Herd, Kendra Scott, Jamie O'Banion. Three women founders that have Texas ties that inspire me. They all have such interesting stories about how they have persisted and built impactful companies through grit and self belief.Connect With Me: Instagram
The Reinvention of Roma Osowo
She's back....! After a well-deserve hiatus for our team, Built In Texas is excited to return with our special guest this week, artist
The Business of Art and Culture
"To know that I am using the very thing that my ancestors made (Egyptians made paint and paper) to make a living for myself, there is such a deep connection between my culture and my art."Marian Mekhail's mission as an artist is to inspire her audience to use the gifts they’ve been given, live fully in their purpose and to seek beauty in all things, all people and all colors. Her Egyptian heritage influences much of her work, subject matter and creative process.In 2019, Mekhail held her first solo exhibition “Queendom”, which had over 250 attendees and raised over $2,000 for the Women’s Center of Ft. Worth. She was also commissioned by Dallas Theater Center to create an interactive mural for its Public Works Theater at the Wyly Theater production of "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare. In 2021, she was commissioned by President Michael Sorrell of Paul Quinn College to create a custom crushed glass portrait of prominent Dallas businessman and philanthropist Mr. Trammell S. Crow.In her latest collection “MAKTUB: It Is Written”, she explores topics surrounding modern feminism while also celebrating ancient Egyptian traditions.In today's episode, we discuss:* the business of art and being a creative* protecting yourself, mentally, creatively and legally* scared money doesn't make money - be strategic* good things take time, especially the return on your investment* the role Marian's culture has played in her art and her experiences living in Texas* the women that inspire Marian personally (and have helped her business grow to the next level)* Why Beyonce is still Queen (and King)!Connect with Built In Texas HERE (https://www.instagram.com/itsbuiltintexas/)Connect with Marian Mekhail HERE (https://www.marianmekhail.com/)Connect with host Jasmin Brand HERE (https://www.instagram.com/jasminbrands/)Learn more about Her Texas HERE (https://www.instagram.com/hertexasco/)Built In Texas is produced by Her Texas, the first statewide organization powered by Texas women looking to shatter glass ceilings, create a seat at the table and thrive in the modern workplace. www.hertexas.co
Own Your Brilliance
We thought there was no better way to bring the month of February to a close than with our special guest this week, Christina A. Brooks, Chief Equity Officer, City of Fort Worth.As the City of Fort Worth's first Chief Equity Officer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Department, Christina is responsible for the enforcement of the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance for Fair Housing, Fair Employment, Public Accommodations, ADA and Title VI and the Business Equity Ordinance for equitable access in City contracting and procurement and capacity building of underrepresented business firms as defined by the City’s most recent Disparity Study for contracting and procurement. The newly created Department of Diversity and Inclusion supports several City Boards, Commissions, and Advisory groups including the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, the Business Equity Advisory Board (formally the Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee), the Mayor’s Committee on Persons with Disabilities, and the City Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Staff. Before joining the City of Fort Worth as the City's first Chief Equity Officer, she served in the City of South Bend's Mayor’s Office as the first Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City under Mayor Pete Buttigieg. In South Bend, Christina led workforce, workplace, community, diversity purchasing and contracting, and small local MWBE policy development. IN THIS EPISODE: * Why CDFI Friendly Fort Worth is a game changer * Being the first and not the last* Intentional leadership & the power of being fearless* Creating opportunities for communities of color in Fort Worth* Why Barbara Jordan is EVERYTHING* Your new women's empowerment hashtag for 2022Connect with Christina Brooks HERE (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinaabrooks/)Connect with host Jasmin Brand HERE (https://www.instagram.com/jasminbrands/)Learn more about Her Texas HERE (https://www.instagram.com/hertexasco/)Subscribe to Built in Texas HERE (https://blubrry.com/builtintexas/)Built In Texas is powered by Her Texas, the first statewide organization and marketing engine powered by the diverse women that live, work and do business in the state of Texas. www.hertexas.co
Let's Talk About Sex...ual Health With Dr. Lyndsey Harper
"I'm just as obsessed with this mission today as I was three years ago when I started. I consider Rosy to be my 4th child."Did you know that 43% of women in the U.S. are currently dealing with sexual health and wellness concerns? We didn't either so let's talk about it!Lyndsey Harper, MD is the Founder and CEO of Rosy. Dr. Harper created the first-of-its-kind platform out of frustration, when she couldn’t find a modern and accessible resource to help her patients. Rosy is a resource to connect the 84 million women in the US with sexual problems with hope, community, and research-backed solutions to improve their lives.Dr. Harper completed her Ob/Gyn residency in 2011 at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas, saw patients in private practice for seven years, and is now a hospitalist. Dr. Harper is Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn for Texas A&M College of Medicine, a Fellow of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. She has been named Forbes Top 53 Women Disrupting Healthcare, People Newspapers’ 20 Under 40, a Top Innovator in North Texas for 2020 and a DBJ Top Woman in Tech.In today's episode, the ladies discuss:* dealing with imposter syndrome* redefining success on our terms* the discrepancy in talking about and marketing women's health vs. men's health* navigating "WTF" moments on the entrepreneurial journey* Setting up systems to create balance in life, work and motherhood* who is Rosy?* getting inspired by Julia Cheek (https://www.bustle.com/rule-breakers/julia-cheek-everlywell-covid-test-at-home-testing), Founder, EverlywellConnect with Built In Texas HERE (https://www.instagram.com/itsbuiltintexas/)Connect with Lyndsey Harper HERE (https://www.meetrosy.com/our-team)Download the Rosy App HERE (https://www.meetrosy.com/download-rosy)Connect with host Jasmin Brand HERE (https://www.instagram.com/jasminbrands/)Learn more about Her Texas HERE (https://www.instagram.com/hertexasco/)Built In Texas is powered by Her Texas, the first statewide organization and marketing engine powered by the diverse women that live, work and do business in the state of Texas. www.hertexas.co
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