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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.

Kaela Brown

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>>

Madeline Wolberg

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>>

Lisa Talev

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>>

Kianna Kareem

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>>

Ali Malmkar

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>>

Amanda Mellon

I was wanting to achieve. I researched, made vision boards, collected resources, built relationships with vendors, and designed to the last detail how I wanted the shop to look, how I wanted it to sound and smell, and how I wanted people to feel when they walked through our doors. Read more>>

Vicki Pollock

Starting a business can be tricky and it is a learning process. I have had to learn when my busy season is, when the right times to advertise are, what the right kind of parties or events to do; there are lots of variables. Every business has a market and if you are just starting out, my advice would be to keep learning, don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Read more>>

Alexia Avey

I decided to dabble back in theatre for a short time during my junior and senior years of high school. However, it wasn’t until I took some film classes in community college that my love for entertainment really re-emerged. I discovered then that my passion was in the production/design aspect of entertainment. Read more>>

Kayla Balserak

I got my first job in a gym. I wish I could say my initial experience was awesome, but it actually wasn’t! I was essentially thrown into a “sink or swim” situation by my boss at the time. I didn’t have many clients at first and I didn’t make much either, but I decided to stick with it. Read more>>

Macy Wallace

With all of this being said, I have now worked at Gadabout Salon Spas for five years surrounded by the most supportive and loving people, I have continually been learning since I walked in the door. I absolutely love going to work every day and I’m forever grateful for everyone who has helped me along my journey. Read more>>

Skyla Teel

I’ve loved animals, especially horses, my whole life and still find peace in my barnyard. I married the love of my life in 2001 and we have two amazingly spirited (and different) daughters who keep us on our toes and teach us about life daily! I love being married and am blessed with a great husband. Read more>>

Becky Seng

I started making my doll clothes, then out of necessity, I made my own. I didn’t own a store-bought dress until I was out of high school. Bailey Jo’s is the end result of other ventures of mine (incorporating my sewing skills), which were always quests to make a living on my own creativity while seeking freedom from working for somebody else. Read more>>

Heather Ramirez

I have been living in Tucson for over 27 years, life has handed me some challenges on my journey but I am tough and I have always found a way to make it through. As a wife and mother of three, I guess I have no choice but to be tough right?! Our family not only has three children, but we also have our Holland Lop bunny, a Potbelly pig, chickens, and our newest member a Red Heeler puppy. To say the least, I love to keep busy and even more love a challenge! Read more>>

Hope Galmarini

My journey into wellness and simple living started back in 2017 when I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training, under Kali Kennedy, with The Devotional School of Yoga. I was really struggling to find my purpose, and I felt very lost. I had been practicing yoga for about four years and felt a strong calling to share with others everything yoga had brought me. Read more>>

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