Shaping:DFW brought to you by Cadillac
Author: WFAA Staff
Published: 5:08 PM CDT March 16, 2016
Updated: 4:01 PM CDT April 17, 2018
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Great men and women, like great cities, are not born. On the contrary, they are forged in the flames of trial and error. Built upon a strong foundation of purpose and grit, they dare to raise themselves to great heights, to stand triumphant over adversity and critics alike.

Great men and women, like great cities, begin with dreams and end up inspiring them. And like great cities, they all have a story to tell.

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BRITT RETTIG, FOUNDER OF GRIT FITNESS LEFT HER CORPORATE CONSULTING JOB TO INVEST SOME SWEAT EQUITY IN HERSELF!

ENTREPRENEUR ADRIAN CLARK IS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE IN THE SOMETIMES SHADY WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL BOXING. HIS 'PROTECT YOURSELF AT ALL TIMES' CAMPAIGN IS RE-SHAPING THE SPORT OF BOXING.

WHILE STILL A SOPHOMORE AT SMU BRITTANY UNDERWOOD FOUNDED AKOLA, A JEWLERY COMPANY WITH A MISSION TO PROVIDE TRAINING, A DEPENDABLE LIVING WAGE, AND HOLISTIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO OVER 500 UNDERSERVED WOMEN IN UGANDA AND DALLAS.

HE STARTED HIS FIRST RESTAURANT AT 20 AND HIS FIRST BAR WHEN HE WAS BARELY OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK. NOW, SEE HOW SMU UNDERGRAD, FRANCOIS REIHANI IS ADDING PHILANTHROPIST TO HIS ALREADY IMPRESSIVE RESUMÉ.

ENTREPRENEUR DUSTIN BLOCKER ISN'T JUST CUTTING RECORDS FOR LOCAL MUSICIANS HE'S PRESSING THEM TOO. SEE HOW HAND DRAWN RECORDS AND HAND DRAWN PRESSING CREATED THE MOST ADVANCED VINYL PRESSING FACILITY IN THE WORLD IN ADDISON.

ENTREPRENEURS ALLISON AND STEPHEN ELLSWORTH LEFT THEIR JOBS IN OIL AND GAS HAVE TAPPED INTO THE BEVERAGE MARKET IN A BIG WAY. SEE HOW THEIR PASSION FOR FRESH INGREDIENTS AND EVEN FRESHER FLAVOR COMBINATIONS HAVE LANDED THEIR PRODUCT FIRST PLACE AT THE NATIONAL NEW BEVERAGE SHOWDOWN, AND A SPOT ON THE SHELVES OF WHOLE FOODS.

FEED THE HUNGRY JUST BY GOING TO YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS? YEP, NICK MARINO JR. HAS AN APP FOR THAT.

FROM MUSIC TO FASHION TO THE ARTS, AMBER LAFRANCE IS HELPING SHAPE NORTH TEXAS' NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT AND SHAPING DFW ALONG THE WAY.

PEEYR IS SHAPING:DFW ONE YOUNG MIND AT A TIME

THE HEIMS ARE SHAPING FORT WORTH ONE DELICIOUS BAR B Q PLATE AT A TIME

JON ALSUP IS CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD CHECKS IN

JAMEY AND MELISSA ICE ARE FIXING UP FORT WORTH ONE HOUSE AND ONE LIFE AT A TIME.

ERIC PULIDO AND MCKENZIE SMITH OF THE BAND MIDLAKE ARE TURNING THEIR SUCCESS ON THE STAGE INTO SUCCESS IN BUSINESS, AND ARE HELPING SHAPE THE TOWN OF DENTON.

CHERYL "ACTION" JACKSON IS FEEDING THE HUNGRY IN PLANO AND SHAPING THE WAY WE LOOK AT THOSE IN NEED.

EVERY STORY HAS TWO SIDES - DALLAS ARTIST JEREMY BIGGERS TELLS US HIS

ENTREPRENEUR FLEETWOOD HICKS WANTS YOU TO SIT BACK, RELAX, AND ENJOY THE RIDE

JULIE MCCULLOUGH HAS STITCHED TOGETHER THE DALLAS FASHION COMMUNITY

CHEF CHAD HOUSER IS SHAPING THE WAY DALLAS DINES TOGETHER

BRAD OLDHAM SCULPTURE IS LITERALLY SHAPING DFW

THE TECH WILDCATTERS ARE SHAPING THE WAY BUSINESS IS DONE IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS

JUSTIN "JUSTUS" MOHRLE IS SHAPING THE SOUND OF DALLAS HIP-HOP

TERRENCE AND TIME MAIDEN ARE SHAPING THE WAY WE LOOK AT SOUTHERN DALLAS

CHEF MATT McCALLISTER IS SHAPING THE WAY DFW EATS OUT

THE GOOD FELLOWS AT TX WHISKEY ARE GIVING YOU A TASTE OF FORT WORTH

FASHION DESIGNER ABI FERRIN IS SHAPING THE FASHION WORLD IN DALLAS AND SHAPING LIVES ACROSS THE GLOBE

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