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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.

Chef Jibriel Saunders

Raised in Oakland, California; Jibriel Saunders dealt with an enormous amount of loss at a young age. He lost his mother, sister and both brothers; as one can imagine, this is traumatizing for anyone. Jibriel felt ruined as his entire world was falling apart in front of his eyes. He started to feel abandoned, as his other family members were leaving him, adding to the already somber feeling of loneliness after many losses. Read more>>

Katie Mann

I initially went to college and got a degree in dietetics. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really sure what to do with this degree so I applied to nursing school on a whim. When I finished nursing school, I went to work in a hospital but quickly found it wasn’t for me. At this point, I felt pretty frustrated with myself because I had two bachelor’s degrees and still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my career! I had a friend who did home health nursing and convinced me to come work with her. Read more>>

Brittany West

I’m a songwriter and have been playing gigs around the valley, visiting Nashville to write with other artists, and releasing my own original music since I was 15. Like I said in my recent single Heart, “wanting this is all I’ve ever known”. My focus is on Country music, so I’m a storyteller at heart. At its core, Country music is a way to tell stories to a melody. When you listen to any of my original music you will always find a story. Dreams, love, challenge, the things that everyone has in their lives. Read more>>

Kathy Heasley

People often ask, how did you come up with the concept of heart and mind in business. My answer is, the “mind” part is easy. Most businesses, especially when I got out of college were all mind. The “heart” part, well that is a little different. That has come from a lifetime of experiences. I’ve had people tell me, “It’s like you know what people are thinking and feeling,” and by people they mean business people such as employees, customers, partners. Read more>>

Kimberly Mylls and Shari Weller

How two sisters left the 9-5 and are now creating a movement for others to do the same. Like most people, sisters, Shari Weller and Kimberly Mylls, grew up in a household where they were taught, go to school so you can find a great job and start building your career. They both did just that and soon found out that Corporate wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. They had climbed the corporate ladder only to realize the view from the top wasn’t what they wanted. Read more>>

Dr. Nancy Gaines-Dillard

Dr. Nancy Gaines-Dillard, DNP-BC has over 23 years of varied experience in family, emergency, and acute care medicine at teaching hospitals, Level I trauma centers and tertiary facilities. She has taught at Thomas Jefferson University, Harcum College and various other educational institutions to name a few. Dr. Nancy’s Integrative Medicine at DR. NLGD LLC Healthcare Practice has a unique perspective on healthcare modalities in that she is creative and progressive in her healthcare and education practice. Read more>>

Lena Campbell

I was raised by hard-working motivated teenage parents. My Mom, a German immigrant had fabulous taste and style and made all of my clothes. My Dad was a skilled self-taught craftsmen, who could build or fix anything. They set the foundation to my work ethic and drive. In the early 80’s I made my way to Arizona, enrolled at The American Institute of Interior Design and landed a job doing visual display right after graduation, which was not my calling. Read more>>

Romy Wightman

I never dreamed that a medical condition could put our family in financial distress. We were covered by insurance and had savings earmarked for out of pocket medical expenses. I also never dreamed how fast things could spiral out of control. Read more>>

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