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Community Member Spotlights

It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find interviews from our community members and content partners – the folks who’ve been heavily involved with us, collaborating with us on content, sponsoring our mission and spreading the word about the work we do.

Carmello Salazar | Artist & Entrepreneur

Ayy wassup if you just checking me out I’ma local artist/entrepreneur I go by Pima, karmello Drip or Pima3055. I write music roll up and am building an entertainment brand which is working to come out with clothing, products and services that I eventually want to expand into the marijuana business. Such as cultivating since it started with a pro cannabis intentions. Read more>>

Iysha Wedderburn | State Board Licensed Esthetician

My Name is Iysha Wedderburn Owner and founder of Sparkle N Shine Skincare Back in 2013 I was an aspiring Makeup Artist and worked in Corporate America I felt that there was something bigger in my passion that I needed to be doing So I went to Aesthetics school to become a licensed esthetician. Read more>>

Brittany Spriet | Owner Art Macabre

My name is Brittany and I am a bone artist and taxidermist. I work both out of my home and at a commercial taxidermy shop. My goal is to bring beauty and a second life to the dead. Read more>>

Carlos Vazquez | Tattoo Artist

Hello, my name is Carlos Vazquez, I’m a tattoo artist originally from phoenix and I work in Scottsdale. I’m 24 years of age and have been tattooing now for 9 years. I branched out on my own around 6 months ago after having worked in a tattoo shop for 4 years. I specialize in large scale black and grey realism but I still enjoy tattooing small designs. Read more>>

Stephanie Riel | Founder & Owner, RielDeal Marketing

I am a brand strategist, marketing consultant and the founder and owner of RielDeal Marketing. Since starting RielDeal Marketing as a side hustle in college, I have spent more than a decade supporting everyone from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies in the e-commerce, health and wellness, technology, real estate, fitness, beauty, and retail industries to achieve growth. Our RielDeal Marketing team offer complete marketing support – from brand messaging and web design to social media, automation and campaign management. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, at the beach, or with our two dogs – Hops a rescue and Teddy the Schnoodle. Read more>>

Caitlin Strempel | Digital Strategy Expert & CEO of Rising Ranks Digital

I am the founder and CEO of Rising Ranks Digital, an SEO and digital strategy agency based here in Phoenix, Arizona! I launched my business shortly after one of the most devastating times of my life when had to unexpectedly take our 2-month old son to the hospital for a heart procedure (he is happy and healthy now!). It made me realize that I was letting the small fears in life hold me back and that I was no longer available for playing small. Read more>>

Andrea Beaulieu | Speaking and Authentic Leadership Coach and Trainer; Positive Intelligence® Coach; Speaker, Singer/Songwriter

Greetings! I am Andrea Beaulieu, a speech, authentic leadership, and Positive Intelligence® coach, consultant and speaker/trainer serving executives, entrepreneurs, professional service providers, mission-driven leaders, artists and dreamers. I work with professional, growth-minded individuals and teams who are ready to be all in and have fun while discovering and learning to express their authentic voice through fearless speaking, heartfelt communication, and the creative discovery of new opportunities that give rise to genuine meaning, purpose and clear-minded action! Read more>>

Craig Thornton | Visual Artist

I am Craig Thornton, an independent visual artist living and working in Mesa, Arizona. I specialize in dark and surreal fantasy drawings. Read more>>

Jonathan Ham | Vacation Rental Brand

Hey, I’m Jonathan. I’m a Husband, Dad to 2 little princesses, internet entrepreneur, small business owner, retired collegiate gymnast, fitness enthusiast, craft beer lover, and mountain bike junkie! I live in the greater Los Angeles area but love to relax and unwind while visiting family and lounging poolside in Scottsdale! My goal is to provide you with the exact experience I would expect for a great week away. Read more>>

Megan Befort | Filmmaker + Photographer

Hi! I’m Megan. I’m the filmmaker, photographer and fellow parent at Magpie Love Photography. I create stress free films and photos that capture real life for awesome families. What does that mean? Well, you won’t find me posing families in flowing dresses in the desert or at the top of a mountain. I believe capturing families in the place they call home is the most authentic, genuine and FUN way for families to tell their stories for generations to come. Read more>>

Lauren Mcdowell | Makeup & Astrology

Hey world I am Lauren McDowell I am an Artist and Mystic I have been professionally doing makeup for 15+ years in all types of creative fields I created my business with the transformative aspect of before and after photos and how powerful the art of makeup can transform a client’s self-esteem just by morphing them into a better version of themselves. I also added to my creative business of makeup and art my psychic gifts of astrology & tarot I have always had the gift or reading people, places, and things and now I have combined the 2 for wedding parties, bachelorette parties, birthday parties etc… You can get glam and have a reading Which is all about self-love and self-improvement and truly getting to know yourself inside and out and going towards your destiny! Read more>>

Jacki Cohen | Glass Artist

Originally, I started as an admirer of glass art. I would purchase glass art on vacations, at art fairs, and galleries. I have always been fairly artistic and started taking art classes to explore my talent, classes in watercolors, drawing, etc and nothing felt quite right. I discovered a not for credit stained class through a local community college and registered for the class. I learned how to cut the glass, how to use the tools and fell in love with handling the medium. The stained-glass end product felt too restrictive for my personal taste. The studio offered a fused glass class. Read more>>

Cody Newport | Tour Manager

My name is Cody Newport. I am a lover of all things travel related and the overall experiences one picks up while exploring new regions. I love immersing myself in nature and showing others the land I hold so dear to my heart. I will share insight into my tourism business located in Scottsdale, AZ and my experiences in the tourism industry. Read more>>

Andrew Mark | Tattoo Artist

My name is Andrew Mark also known as Drew and I’m a professional tattoo artist. Read more>>

Emmett Graham | Artist

I am a realism painter, based in Glendale, Arizona in the United States. I do cultural research and explore different places, gaining my inspiration by combining what I see and research. My aim is to capture an image that invokes an emotion and expresses duality through the medium of oil paint with brushes and rags. Read more>>

Christopher Hernandez | Twitch Streamer

I am an artist that uses twitch to show off more “behind the scenes” to my artwork. I also enjoy playing video games live to my audience. I play a variety of games ranging from major titles, to crowd funded indie games. I enjoy entertaining others, it has been a passion of mine ever since i was a kid, and plan on entertaining so much more in the coming future. Read more>>

Elizabeth Ayodele | Writer and Filmmaker

I’ve been making narrative films for some years now. First began with short films and now I’m making feature length ones. My first long-form movie Orange Sky Grace was completed in 2018 and won awards at US and international festivals including Davis-Greater Bay area International Film Festival where it received Special Award for Outstanding Script Writing, Nevada International Film Festival, where it received the Gold Reel Award, Utah Film Festival and Awards and Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival where it placed Semi-finalist and Finalist respectively. Read more>>

Nino Daniel | Choreographer + Actor + Lyricist

Hi, y’all! I’m Nino Daniel, resident funny man-dancer-actor-rapper! My family & I moved to the United States back in summer of 1995 for a better chance at life and greater opportunity. Over the years, I kept up with school, garnered two college degrees and graduated triple honors. After college, I got into doing some choreography work for local artists, movie directors and competitions. I’m really enjoying it all! I love making people laugh which caused a mega surge of followers on TikTok. Now, I’m here doing what I love with all of my blessings! Read more>>

Aimee Blake | Founder – Sugar Sugar

Hi! My name is Aimee Blake. I founded Sugar Sugar in 2012. Read more>>

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