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Tempe’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 Tempe and surrounding areas below.

Susan Carlson

I have always loved Mexico, the language and the culture. My connection began with my studies of Spanish throughout high school and college. As a teacher in a primarily Mexican immigrant neighborhoods, I saw firsthand the importance of connecting parents and family to the educational process and that happened thanks to knowing and using the language. Read more>>

Kayli Schattner

I’ve always been a driven, ambitious person. Think of that girl in high school that served in as many leadership positions as she could, got serious joy from internships and read the dictionary for fun as a kid. In 2013 I was working for a corporate marketing company while in college doing anything but work that felt like joy to me. Read more>>

Shannon Dia

It started over 15 years ago? Its been awhile lol. Where I was part of a dance troupe and I would see many photographers taking pictures of various dancers at events and I thought “Hey I can do that! ” Why not combine another passion with another? Read more>>

Jen Krug

Moved to AZ via New York and South Carolina about 9 years ago, worked at a few salons around the valley and set out on a path to open helloGorgeous! March of 2014 I opened the doors to helloGorgeous where all people could come and get Gorgeous, feel comfortable and at home amongst friends. Read more>>

Serena Jones

My husband and I have worked together, remodeling homes, for nearly 20 years. In 2011 after my youngest went to school full time, I decided to look into getting my Real Estate license, mostly to invest for ourselves. I quickly realized that I had more of a passion, or obsession really… for this business. Read more>>

Kate Friedrichs

I spent all of my career working in corporate finance & accounting. High-stress, fast-paced work in a “dog eat dog” world. Finally, in my early 30s I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression and generalized anxiety. I remain convinced that my years of stressful work contributed to developing this disease. Read more>>

Shaweta “Shay” Vasudeva

I grew up as a competitive athlete, playing national level softball and tennis. I also started training martial arts at the age of 10. By the time I was in college, due to personal life circumstances and traumatic experiences, I had a multitude of injuries and health conditions. Read more>>

Jordan Nelson

Growing up I was always encouraged to pursue my dreams and follow my vision wherever it might take me. This idea was instilled in me from a very young age. If I wanted something to happen, it was up to me to work towards those goals and never accept being mediocre in any facet of my life. Read more>>

Tanya Amelia White

I have always identified with being a creative at heart. I think that becoming an creative entrepreneur inevitably was in the cards for me. After graduating I spent a year in mortgage collections and couldn’t have been more stressed on a daily basis. Read more>>

Troy Richardson

Troy began his funeral service career in 1988 at his home-town funeral home, Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma, Nebraska. One night while in high school, he attended a career fair where he spent the evening speaking to a local funeral director. From this night on, he knew he wanted to make funeral service his career. Read more>>

Francesca Navarro

It all started with a blog, a few AMAZING internships where I learned lots from AMAZING leaders. I could on for days about the amazing experiences I’ve had in the creative industry, but I don’t want to talk your ear off. I started pursuing jobs in the creative industry by realizing a passion for fashion, showcasing other people’s personal styles/brands, and small businesses. Read more>>

Aaron Chameblin

I am an Arizona native and have a family history in the restaurant business that dates back to the 1930s. Growing up with a photo of my grandfather in a chef coat proudly displayed in our family’s kitchen, I knew my destiny at the age of nine. Read more>>

Cindy Collins

I was born with a mild birth defect – extra bones in both feet. This was surgically corrected when I was eleven. After surgery, and months of casts, my surgeon recommended “lots of swimming” as therapy. So my parents signed me up for a club swim team that practiced after school every day. Read more>>

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