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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.

Corinna Ndolo

I began working with individuals with autism and their families in a volunteer capacity when I was a sophomore in High School. I was fortunate to know from a young age that I wanted to spend my career doing this life changing work. I began pursuing a B.A. in Special Education at Arizona State University. Read more>>

Joyce Petrowski

I have been an active volunteer in the community for many years. While volunteering at another nonprofit, I befriended an elderly homeless woman. She was able to get into senior, low-income housing but only had her personal belongings which she carried with her in a rolling suitcase. Read more>>

Heather DeSimone

Having no idea what to do with them, how to set them, or manipulate them into jewelry because they weren’t beads, the parts were almost left for the ‘junk man’. When the gentleman who had managed the warehouse since he was 16, showed her some dust-covered setting machines, a new line of jewelry was born. Read more>>

McCall Tycksen

Raised as a competitive and professional dancer, movement and music has always fueled me! But three kids in just over three years put me into survival mode and I felt lost. It was around that time that I went with a friend to try this “new” workout called HIGH fitness. Little did I know, going to that first class would CHANGE MY LIFE! Taught by the founders themselves. Read more>>

Jasmine Allen

In December of 2017, I decided it was time for a change of pace in how I made a living and made myself happy with work. I was tired of the 9-5 routine and I wanted to make my own schedule based off my personal day to day life. I have always been intrigued by the beauty aspect of a trade skill. Read more>>

Karen Bracamonte

What makes me more proud as a brand is when your client keeps coming back and they refer you to all the people they know, that’s my best advertisement and I’m grateful and thank them for it, without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Read more>>

Claudia Harris

Fruta Healthy Eating is a casual eatery. We offer all natural products like cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, acai, dragon fruit bowls, sandwiches, customizable salads and all healthy sweets related to fruits like fruit popsicles, fruit cups, and fruit nice cream! We carry vegan, gluten free and dairy free options too. Read more>>

Amy Robinson

I found a love for graphic design at 24 when I decided to make my own wedding invites (2009). I honestly had no idea that what I was doing was graphic design and over the course of the year (2010), I found myself becoming more interested in it. Read more>>

Amanda Garbade

I realized I had two paths… the western medicine path, which was leading to surgery, or something more holistic. Thankfully, I came to my senses and started down a path of alternative, holistic, or complementary medicine. I found myself trying yoga, meditation, acupuncture, reiki, and reading about energy medicine and the power of our minds. Read more>>

Natasha Reeves

I’ve had a love for writing and storytelling since I was very young. From blogging to short stories, I’ve created many portals into the world of fiction and creative writing. Writing is a part of my career, hobbies, and overall self-expression. I use writing as a vessel to release my mental energy, process emotions, and explore my imagination. Read more>>

Jenna Miller

I am self-taught in my design capabilities, having learned through much trial and error. I would go into stores and stare at the insides of garments to see how the lines and seams all melded together. Then I would go home and mimic each design until I had perfectly created the same garment. Read more>>

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