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Trailblazers: Casa Grande

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Casa Grande that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Kalyn Caballero

I continually research plant species and the best care techniques, and I’m now one of the go-to sources for air plants in town, as well as for my simple, handcrafted displays. Air plants are fun to decorate with, and I enjoy designing new, modern options for my fellow plant ladies and gents. Read more>>

Emily Powell

Why & Wiser truly lies at the interstice of all my various passions: kids, education, science, and art. I have always loved playing with and educating kids, there is just something so liberating about their sense of wonder. Read more>>

Marissa Duarte

I loved the space I was in and the women I worked with and after about six months I knew it was time to go out on my own. I wanted to create a space with similar energy to my friends med spa. Read more>>

Salina Higgins

The desire to help others feel beautiful about themselves was originally what Salina wanted to achieve. She graduated from massage therapy school and immediately enrolled in esthetician school. Read more>>

Samantha Minkus

The arts have always been my core motivations for anything I do. I grew up a dancer, which really opened my eyes to the world of makeup and inspired a love for it. Read more>>

Karina Retiz

I love being behind the scenes and watching an event come together. Even though I enjoyed being a designer, I was always behind the scenes doing hair and makeup. Read more>>

Amanda Freick

My focus and passion are within the electric utility industry. I’ve been a part of this industry for over 10 years and absolutely love it. The changes we’re seeing are turning the industry on its head and it’s a wild ride to be a part of. Read more>>

Mo Calderon

I started my first YouTube channel in 2010 as a freshman in college. As cheesy as it is to say, starting that channel changed my life. It gave me confidence, opened up my world beyond just the people around me, gave me the answers to questions I was too afraid to ask in person. Read more>>

Terry Parker

My work with clay began as a serious hobby in the mid-70s when I discovered my love of making and using functional pottery. After not being able to take a pottery class as an elective while studying engineering at Cornell, I realized that ambition by taking classes when I moved to California in 1974. Read more>>

Brooke Herbert, D.C.

Blogging is a way to combine both of my passions, helping people and writing! As my blog grows I can see just how great this chapter of my life can be and I invest more and more of my time and effort into it. Read more>>

Adela Antoinette

I’ve been an artist all my life and have had a few artistic journeys along the way. My most recent has been after graduating from the University of Arizona in Visual Communication emphasis in Illustration. Read more>>

Diana Picon

As an Engineering College student, stress is always around the corner and crochet has been a way of meditation in my life ever since I was a little girl. When I was twelve, I used to crochet baby headbands and bracelets for my father’s coworkers and I would make a little profit. More than the cheers and the positive feedback from my clients back then, my biggest motivation was how proud my father was of me. Read more>>


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