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Gilbert’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Nadia and Ernest Saco

My husband and I are big fans of the show The Bachelor. While watching the show we fell in love with one of the contestants named Amanda Stantonn. On “after the final rose,” Amanda had a really great quote that we thought would make for a great t-shirt. We tweeted about possibly making a tee and we got a great response. Read more>>

Jodi Ghelli

My journey as a health coach began as a result of desiring some nutrition authority to bring into my private mental health therapy practice. The connection between body and mind is strong, but with my licensure, I only had the authority to discuss the battles many faces in the areas of eating disorders, emotional eating, etc. Read more>>

Kaity Proctor

Barn Yard is a place where people of all ages and abilities come together to experience horses. I’ve been volunteering my time there and have been inspired to pursue horse therapy professionally. I’m currently working hard to get into Scottsdale Community College for their Equine Science program. Read more>>

Jade Au

Seed Shack is started by a sister team. Jade jumped on one of the most random and precious opportunity, pulled everything to start up in a quiet neighborhood in Gilbert. We believe veganism is one of the biggest social movement in human history. Jade has diverse experiences in various field: finance/call center/airlines/social service… Read more>>

Lauren Schneider

Word started getting around about my photography, and now I am getting booked for senior and family sessions almost every week! Being able to do what I love and share my art with others has definitely impacted my life in such an amazing way, and I am so grateful for everyone who has encouraged and supported me along the way. Read more>>

Jill Emanuel

The credit card debt we had been carrying quickly grew to almost $50,000 in the six months my husband was out of work. We had two young kids at this time (two and four years old), I was working massive overtime trying to help fill in the gap in income, and we were steadily falling further and further behind. Read more>>

Shae Jones

I already knew that socks for babies were very ill-fitting from having my son, but did not realize how bad it was for girls. This also extended to tights. They were always baggy or came in odd colors and sizes. For whatever reason, it really frustrated me. I began searching overseas and eventually found my manufacturer in Europe that I now work with. Read more>>

Ellen Marrs

My key quote that was highlighted on stage at our convention last year was this… “Don’t use people to build your business. Use your business to build people.” It’s my business motto that I focus on daily. I’ve been able to teach businesses and individuals how to lead a more positive, impactful mission which brings me tremendous joy! Read more>>

Wills and Daniela Amstutz

Wills and Daniela Amstutz (yup, that’s us, the owners) grew up with a lot of love, but not a lot of money and definitely not a lot of cars to play with. I don’t mean this as a complaint, but as a precursor, so that when I tell you how EXCITED we were when our mom bought a used, 1996 Ford Taurus, you don’t think we’re totally nuts. Read more>>

James Deak

I’m 39 years old, I’m a fashion editorial and beauty photographer living currently in Mesa, AZ. The journey began back about two years ago when sitting at my job (that I am still currently at) and I saw a YouTube video of Gary Vaynerchuk and he talked about “regret” and how painful it is at the end of life. Read more>>

Anna Luna

What I want to share in regards to my story is that I grew up in low-income neighborhoods. I am the oldest girl of five children, and my parents were young. No one had gone to college before me, and there were no expectations for getting an education. Read more>>

Ellie Mulqueen

I started doing very unique hairstyles on my mom and friends as I was ten years old, never thought anything of it. A couple of years later, I was going all my friend’s hair for prom and different occasions. Two of my best friends convinced me to make an Instagram to show off the hairstyles I did, thinking nothing would happen out of it. Read more>>


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