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#GirlBoss: redefining what a boss looks like

Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?

Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.

We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.

We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes

Amber McBride, Realtor

I don’t believe that anything is insurmountable. First, you have to get it out of your head so write it down. Then you can look at the issue and get a clear vision. Once you can see it on paper, you can begin to find solutions. My faith allows me to count it all joy because through the problem and solution, I grow in knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom is power!

Dawn Hostetler- Fitness Coach & Dancer

The best advice I have for someone is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to take it one day at a time, each day is a new opportunity to try again.  If you get knocked down or set back, get back up and try, try again.  Also, don’t feel you have to do it alone, ask for help!


Angelica Montejano- small business owner, hairstylist,  entrepreneur

If you don’t feel nervous or scared when making a huge change in your life, then it’s not the right decision. You should feel that way. Anything out of your comfort zone is scary but that’s what life is about. Taking risks and learning from mistakes as well as achievements.

Mykel Elizabeth – Social Media Influencer, Public Speaker, Fashion Designer

My best advice for somebody that is facing a challenge that is insurmountable is to trust in yourself and your abilities. Trust the process of life, and I promise it will take you beautiful destinations.

Krystal Gresham – Hairstylist and mom

I try to stay positive and try to remember that ” What you think about you become.” If you put positive,  constructive focus into your challenge and how to overcome your hurdles, it takes that focus away from the negative. Take small steps at a time and be proud for small accomplishments! They will eventually add up.


Heather Ramirez – Real Estate Agent

My advice is to remember that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. It may not be easy, but you can. I have been reading a book written by Gary John Bishop, he states it pretty clear: “Everytime you think you “can’t” stop, that’s just another excuse. You Can. You can and you will. Stop buying yourself off. Stop letting your internal condition dominate the quality of your life. Take back the wheel.”

Kelsey Torres – Fitness & Music Enthusiast

Focus on controlling the controllables.

Jenifer Valencia – Lifestyle Influencer, MUA & Professional Photographer

Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

Bronwyn Price – Travel and Fashion Photographer

Photo by @adrianturpin Edited/Constructed by @bronwynprice

I think that any challenges we face in our lifetimes are surmountable. However, some difficulties are much greater than others. I have personally experienced this within the past year, but I finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. Just remember to keep pushing through and never give up on yourself! You are much stronger than you give yourself credit for.

Dawn Dering, Pilates Studio Owner & Instructor

When confronted with a insurmountable challenge, trust yourself.  You alone are the only one who will bring you through that challenge. You always know what’s best for you, trust yourself.

Cherlynn “Cher” Gibb – Arizona REALTOR

Scott Tompkins of Arizona Eagle Realty

Take a step back and look at your situation, don’t forget to count your blessings and be grateful for what you have and what is right. Even in the worst of times, there is something to be thankful about. Looking at the silver lining can be immensely difficult, especially if the challenge your facing seems impossible, however it grounds you.  Wrapping it all together, I’d say just remember that everyone goes through rough times, but the truly brave come away from it stronger than ever. Be brave.

Lisa Boehme; Business Owner, Designated Broker

The most successful people didn’t get there over night and didn’t become successful without a lot of failure.  Success is your reward for failing over and over again but continuing to try.


Kiya Hunter, Meraki Wellness – Acupuncturist

When I am facing a challenge that seems too great to overcome I like to meditate. I visualize putting one foot down in front of the other, never looking up or for the end, but just knowing that taking those small steps forward will lead me through and will place me exactly where I am meant to be.

Susan Brudd – Pilates Instructor & Owner at PhysInc Pilates

Take one day at a time. Have a plan but start with some small goals. Once you reach those, make a couple more small goals and so on. In time, you will have well exceeded that “insurmountable” challenge. I also think it’s really important to have a strong support system – people who cheer you on and see the best in you! 

Jo Ann Bauer Realtor and TV/Radio Host

When I face a challenge that simply feels insurmountable, I breathe.  I mean, I intentionally breathe in life-giving energy that both grounds me and lifts me up.  There is something powerful in connecting with my breath.  It’s in that space of “presence” that I am reminded I’m not alone, that no matter how hard my situation seems that I am connected to something Greater than myself.  I have faced broken relationships, a health crisis and failed business ventures.  Right now, as a new real estate agent, every day is a challenge, every day I wonder if I’ve made the right decision.  And then I am reminded, I am exactly where Divine Love has planted me and it’s up to me to choose to bloom.  I am neither too much nor not enough, I just am.  So for anyone else who is blinded by the seemingly insurmountable obstacles before you, hear me, you are not alone.  Breathe.  Believe.  Repeat.

Kylee Austin – Healthy Living Director Ross Farnsworth East Valley YMCA

My best advice for anyone is to first, give yourself a TON of grace! Beating yourself up about not reaching a goal or failure never helps you conquer that challenge. Brush yourself off and try again! You got this! 

Marlene Ayala – Hair and Makeup Artist

My advice to those who are going through a challenge in their lives is to have faith in whats to come, when i was younger going through a rough patch in my life i remember someone told me, “God put you on this earth for a reason and he will never put you through anything you can’t handle and overcome. You have a propose, find it.” Not only did that give me faith, it changed my whole mindset to always have good intentions and be positive. Your mind is so powerful and I truly believe that what you put out comes back to you and if you surround yourself with a good group of people who love you and support you and have faith, nothing can stop you! You’re in charge of your own life, even if its a small step into bettering yourself, everything around you starts to become better too. Trust the process and love yourself.

Asia Espiritu Dising – Host, Community Leader and Beauty Queen

The best advice I have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is that sometimes our darkest times can bring us to the brightest places. What seems like a curse at the moment can actually be a blessing, and what seems like the end of the road is actually the discovery that we are meant to travel down a different path. No matter how powerless or how horrible things seem, never give up. Whatever you are battling at the moment WILL pass and you WILL make it through. Just think, you’ve made it this far and you can make it through whatever comes next.


Jen Truong – Certified Partner Acrobatics & Yoga Instructor

When facing a challenge that might feel insurmountable, know that there are people out there who both support and believe in you! You just have to find the right people – your people. Also, it doesn’t have to be perfect. YOU do not have to be perfect. Often we paralyze ourselves with the fear of the unknown, or perhaps the fear of failure. The best way to overcome the challenge is through.

Angelica Martinez- Makeup Artist

The best advice I would give is take the challenge don’t ever think you can not achieve something you want. “They say failure is not an option failure should be an option because when you fail you get up and then you fail and then you get up and that keeps you going”. Don’t have the mind of quitting have the mind of taking the challenge and making it yours. Strive for everything you wish for becuase it starts from within.


Ebony Dussault- level 1 stylist at Tullia salon & spa

The best advice I have for anyone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable, is to just keep going. If you don’t take risks you’ll never know. And like the saying goes if you don’t succeed,try,try again.And Don’t be afraid to try something new.


Bianca Alcázar – Professional Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger

Trust that the situation will work out for the best and be okay with it not turning out exactly as you had wanted. Bad times never last, you can’t go further down that rock bottom. Never quit. 



  1. Amy Johnson

    November 29, 2018 at 3:17 am

    So honored to be included in this amazing group of women in our great state!

    Thank you and how fun to discover a few new faces and connections.


  2. Dana Prophet

    November 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me! It’s absolutely lovely to find more and more terrific and strong women!

    Love, run, and eat sweets!

    Dana the Pastry Prophet

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