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Trailblazers: Chandler

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 Chandler that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jessica Marie

It won’t be easy. I promise you this, but the rewards of seeing your vision come to fruition are a motivation beyond belief to reach the next goal, smash the next hurdle and look to the future for the next “impossible” to be made a reality. Read more>>

Mahfam Moeeni-Alarcon

As far back as I can remember, I enjoyed being in the kitchen watching my mom cook. My parents would host many dinner parties at their home, so seeing the enjoyment and gathering around food as a way to bring people together sparked my early passion for cooking. Read more>>

Sharon Poortinga

I’m the healthiest and strongest I’ve ever been! Mentally, emotionally, and physically. I am your cheerleader. I am my own cheerleader, too. I’ve found my voice and want to share my story with the world! I live from a place of love instead of fear, huge! Read more>>

Tracy Pietrzak

My story was a bit of an accident. In fact, I always remember telling anyone who asked: “I would never work in the food industry.” I guess that joke was on me because it has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had. Read more>>

Kaylee Thorne

I took a few months off and had to make a big decision, what do I really want to do with my life? One of my best friends had recently been certified in lash extensions through Borboleta Beauty and told me it would be perfect for me. I took her trusted advice and took the course and immediately knew it was for me! Read more>>

Jennifer Hoffman

I have loved helping women feel beautiful. In middle school, my friends would come over for a “back to school” makeover and I would help them buy a new outfit and do their makeup and hair. As we have all grown up, it turned into me doing makeup for their weddings! Fresh out of high school, I became a licensed medical aesthetician and ran a medical spa. Read more>>

Hayley Borges

Hospitality is in my blood and my passion has always been to help people, which is why I found real estate to be an easy transition from the corporate world. I take pride in providing my clients with honesty, in-depth communication, market knowledge, and thorough education just to name a few. My overall goal is to help people find a home they love and to make the process as seamless as possible. Read more>>

Jen Truong

What began as a personal initiative to simply restore my body, mind, and spirit, now has turned into a full-fledged passion for sharing the magic of movement, connection, and wellness to others. They say that when you heal yourself, you heal the world. So that is what I’m doing. Through teaching movement, through sharing and connecting, I am doing the work I believe it takes to leave a positive impact in our world. Read more>>

Nancy Cox

Fashion has always been a huge part of my life as long as I can remember! I love seeing and wearing all the new trends each season. But after having kids, I sort of lost myself because it was a real challenge to lose the weight I had gained during both pregnancies. I found myself trying to hide in the dark and ill-fitting clothes until a friend introduced me to a direct sales clothing company that had colorful prints & comfortable clothes. Read more>>

Katie J. Douglas

I made the decision to stay at home with them and soon after, started a small business called Sunny Girl Spray Tan, LLC while living in Sierra Vista. Sunny Girl gave me the opportunity to get out of my house and make some extra money. Read more>>

Brittney Alexander

My first experiences started as young as 6th grade when I would cut my friends hair in the girls bathroom and continued on through my adolescent years. You would think out of high school I would immediately enroll in Beauty school but that wasn’t the case. Read more>>


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