It’s past time we remixed the entrepreneur archetype. The tried-and-true definition of an emerging or aspiring business owner feels tired. The modern entrepreneur is a mover, shaker and doer who’s not content with simply breaking all the rules. Our 52 trailblazers featured in the October issue are rewriting the rules, tearing them up and doing it all over again. It’s creation at its purest, because the fruits of one’s hustle are not actualized overnight or by following one jet-lagged recipe. It’s no longer adequate to measure entrepreneurs by the brick-and-mortar spaces they manifest or the jobs they create. Those are all important elements but fall short of what it truly means to build something — often with blood, sweat and tears. Whether you’re revamping the vintage clothing industry, introducing a fresh dining concept, cultivating an advocacy-focused creative agency or advancing the cause of equality for the LGBTQ+ community, the only thing that matters is freedom — the freedom to march to the beat of your own badass drum. Read our full rundown of trailblazers here.
Bianca Humady Rey is an equity, inclusion and diversity specialist whose work strives to support marginalized folks in the District.
Advice that keeps your hungry
“Always push yourself” and “Never say never.”
What your day is incomplete without
Your power outfit remix
Mine is a sleek pants suit with really high stilettos.
What every entrepreneur needs
Be yourself, speak up and be professional.
Early bird, night owl or in-between
Now that I’m a little older, I’m definitely an early bird.
Burning question for an iconic trailblazer
“How do you overcome criticism and what tips would you give me?”
The current soundtrack to your life
“Run the World (Girls)” from Beyoncé’s album “4.”