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.
I had been a dancer my whole life growing up. I was very active and on a competitive team for 9 years. The last four years I danced for my high school’s varsity dance team and then I stopped. Read more>>
I live in the Tucson area, I was born and raised here. I have a lot of love for Arizona as it has many beauties that you wouldn’t be able to find in other parts of the world. Whenever I travel outside of Arizona I always miss the sun when I am away. The love I have for Arizona has grown the more I am able to connect to the different places along with the land. Read more>>
My whole life I’ve been very active. I got into dance at age 2 and from then on, tried just about every sport under the sun. Dance and Cheer stuck with me the longest. I was a cheerleader in high school and ran track. Once I graduated, I didn’t continue on to collegiate sports. Because of this, I was significantly less active and I gained some weight. Read more>>
Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist. I shadowed a tv/film and beauty makeup artist during high school and beauty school and loved everything about it! I had planned on moving to Los Angeles right after high school to attend makeup school but my life took a different direction and I ended up staying in Tucson. Read more>>
My positions have given me a wide range of experience including event planning, product sales, program management, and most recently, workforce development. I’m privileged to work at a community kitchen where I manage the culinary job training program. I’ve always had a strong interest in the culinary arts. Read more>>
My journey at the University has been one filled with struggles, like many college students. I am originally from Roswell, Georgia and finished high school in Seattle, Washington. I came to the University of Arizona in order to pursue a degree in Neuroscience. I had the dreams of becoming a neonatal nurse. I held on to those dreams until my first semester of sophomore year. Read more>>
After graduating high school, I attended a small engineering school in New Mexico called New Mexico Tech where I obtained my Environmental Engineering degree. It was the most practical degree I could think of. Engineering, as an area of study, is intricate and challenging and the creative problem-solving aspect is what I was so looking forward to in the workplace. Read more>>
Hannah Blair Akins
My identity as a woman has also definitely been an important facet of my life. It was difficult to be raised differently than boys growing up, then treated as lesser by them. I felt completely confident that I was in no way any less intelligent or adept than boys based on our gender, and this definitely created a drive in me to prove this. Read more>>
Because I can work with women who live anywhere for the coaching part of my business, I am continuing to look for new ways to reach women across the country who are looking for a stress-management, self-care, and weight loss coach. I’m also eager to expand my clientele for healthy cooking lessons that make a healthy living that much easier. Read more>>
KBK Kollections was founded in 2018 by me. I recently did a big chop about a year ago, and I wanted to find a natural hair product line that would bring my hair back to life. There are many options out there, but I wanted to create something of my own for my clients and me to enjoy. Read more>>
Real estate is a relationship business and it is hard to move forward with clients if you can’t build rapport and a relationship with them. I am helping people with the biggest purchase they’ve ever made and all of the emotional stress that goes along with it. And I LOVE it. Read more>>