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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Cara Riek

Our story started in November of 2015 with a dynamic group of La Leche League leaders wanting to provide evidence-based breastfeeding care to families in the Valley of the Sun. Dr. Cara Riek started to realize this dream by becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2015. Cara was (and still is) very involved in volunteer breastfeeding support and has spent much time working to educate healthcare providers on the need for lactation-specific skills. With the loving help and inspiration of Rene Moore and Carol Kidd the vision of opening a centralized office that focuses specifically on breastfeeding medicine and holistic care of the mother/baby dyad came to be. Read more>>

Skyler White

I had always loved all the different parts of the wedding industry. From the florals and photography to the timelines and decor, I wanted a hand in it all. So I started by working at multiple bridal salons in the area during high school and when I got to college, I knew event planning was my calling. My freshman year, I got my first internship with a wedding planning company and since then, I’ve never looked back! I have worked with some amazing planners, venues and even a wedding market and gained so much knowledge from them all. When I graduated from ASU in 2020, my goal was to be a full-time planner. However, the pandemic had different plans for me and I had to shift over to something a bit different! Girl About Town had always been on my radar and when I had nowhere else to turn, I finally reached out to Meghan and it was the best decision I could have made! In a way, I think Girl About Town and I found each other when we both needed something the most and it could not have worked out better!. Read more>>

Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw

Since I started painting full-time in 2019 after retiring, it has been relatively simple in ways and difficult in other ways. I was so excited to get back into my real true passion that was the simple part. It was too hard to paint much when I was working full time so I would just take classes off and on but in the last ten years of my Interior Design business, I had no time or a place to paint. I have been taking a lot of workshops in the past couple of years which can really make you realize all that there is to learn and hope you continue to learn, but you can get overloaded with all of the information. I have decided to narrow it down to maybe two workshops a year and try and practice what I think was informative for me in each one. The hard part is getting your artwork out there to people but belonging to art groups can really help in that area. It is difficult to sit and do the mundane part on the computer for social media and my monthly newsletter. Read more>>

Alexandra Dermody

When I graduated from Arizona State University in 2019, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do for work. I grew up dancing so I did have a few teaching jobs lined up but that wasn’t going to support me full-time. I graduated with a minor in digital audiences and knew I had an interest in Social Media. It wasn’t until that August that I finally met Meghan. The owner and founder of girl about town and the Pearce family foundation. I met her while judging my current teams Pom Team tryouts. I was scheduled to coach the JV team that season at Desert Mountain High School, and she just so happened to be an alumni. The head coach above me had mentioned that Meghan and a small business and was looking for someone to help run her social media. Embarrassingly enough, I immediately introduce myself and flat out asked her if she needed someone to work for her. I had absolutely fell in love with a girl about town Instagram and everything it stood for. Read more>>

Mike Arseneault

I’m a bit of a renaissance man with a huge passion for elevating arts and culture. I’m relatively new to the Scottsdale area (from Portland and previously Toronto) and bought a condo here a few years ago in Old Town and also travel (pre-covid) extensively to Oregon, Canada, and love discovering new culture, art, and food through international travel. My corporate career has been in marketing leading brand strategy and experience at Nike, HMV, Second Cup (the Starbucks of Canada) and Levis. In 2017, I started my own brand studio called RecreateNow and help small businesses, non-profits, and theatre organizations bring their visions to life with better marketing and communications strategy, design and experiences. I’m and avid foodie and theatre artist (singer, actor, director, producer) and founded the FB groups ScottsdaleAZFoodies and ScottsdaleAZHappenings to help connect these communities and elevate the best-of-the-best experiences. Read more>>

Chelsea Wallace

This time last year, I was serving tables feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. COVID has an extreme effect on the restaurant industry. Just as it did for many others, I forced me to face the fact that I was so unfulfilled and knew I was capable of stepping into something bigger. I couldn’t ignore that I was playing small. I took a leap of faith and quit my job to start my business. My goal was to help other women be bold. I wanted to create a container for women to feel safe to explore. Explore who they are, what they want in this life, and how they could make it happen. What started as a small idea quickly gained momentum supporting me get to where I am now. I began to analyze all the roadblocks I hit along the way. I noticed the main issues I and many others were facing was lack of accountability, unclear visions, and the confidence to take action. I knew I wanted multiple hands in the creation process and was able to find the perfect team to support the vision I had. Read more>>

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