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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.

Jennifer Phelps

Now, I provide side-by-side services to help my clients realize their own amazingness, toss off all the ridiculously “important” things that we hold on to that, really, make us super miserable. I speak about the emotional and practical elements of taking control of one’s space, MC events, write articles and my blog, as well as appearing on TV once a month on KGUN9 (ABC affiliate) Tucson Morning Blend’s “in-house organizing expert” for over six years. Read more>>

Tina Marie Wilken

I’ve been coaching since 2016, but started out as a Business Finance Coach, after leaving my bookkeeping business. You see, I wanted to help as many business owners keep their doors open because I kept seeing the same mistakes happen over and over again! I was great at bookkeeping and business management. I had no problem getting clients for that. Yet, when I reached out to become a business coach, I couldn’t get myself to show up and create content, ask for the sale, or even price what I was worth. Read more>>

Michele Larson

I have followed bloggers since I joined the Instagram app in 2012 and thought about joining in. However, I never knew what I would talk about until I had my daughter. Once I had my daughter, I noticed there weren’t many working mother bloggers sharing their story. So, I started my blog when my daughter was six months old-hoping other mothers could relate. I am relatively new to this blog world and enjoying the learning process. Read more>>

Misty Thompson

I am now working on my second book and it is about healing from grief by looking at death from a new perspective and giving yourself permission to grieve how you need to that honors your loved ones. I have been a contributing author for 7 books that are currently published and one that will be published in December 2018. Read more>>

Denisse Orduno

Ever since I can remember I have enjoyed drawing on anything that I can get my hands on. I am a visual learner, and through art, I am better able to express myself and learn. I briefly majored in art in college but decided to go a different route after a couple of years. I have always had a strong inclination for all things art and re-discovered my passion through chalk boarding. I started by creating bulletin boards at the school where I work and eventually incorporated chalk art into my designs. The positive feedback that I received from my work encouraged me to pursue chalk boarding more seriously, by reaching out to local businesses and offering them my services. Read more>>

Phoebe Jenkins

My desire to help others started when I was a child. I would see kids around me who were overweight, or depressed and angry at the world, and I would imagine myself as an adult teaching children how unique and amazing they are and how they could take care of their body, mind and spirit. Read more>>

Chrissy Tolley

I first experienced my psychic gifts three years ago, after working with a shaman from central Mexico . I survived an extreme mental health crisis that winter and sought psychiatric and medical care, but knew the issue was also spiritual. Read more>>

Hannah Slusser

I’ve always had a camera in my hand documenting life. For every birthday growing up my request was always the same, a new digital camera or the newest flip phone that had to have a camera on it (we should totally go back to flip phones! Read more>>

Vanessa Baird

With plenty of research and evaluation of my own personal needs and necessary change needed within the hair industry, I developed a business idea that would bring kindness and nurture back to an Industry that desperately needs it. Read more>>

Danielle Fradette

I began listening to inspirational podcasts on my travels between my various teaching positions. “Are you living your very best life?” one of my podcasts asked. “Well….things are going okay. I’m content… but there’s a lot of other things I’d rather be doing.” Read more>>

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