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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.

Amanda Paige

I was a professional dancer in NYC for over 16 years, credits include Broadway, National Tours and Featured Films. After moving to AZ and teaching and choreographing all over the valley, I opened Tough Lotus as an aerial fitness studio where we have 9 different types of classes and over 35 per week. Read more>>

Evelyn Steeb

I have enjoyed and practiced yoga for the past 30 years. I was very successful in the corporate world for 34 years and was blessed with 4 amazing children. I was practicing yoga once a week as a physical practice. In 2010, I had the rug pulled from under me and the universe decided to give me a wakeup call. Read more>>

Nadeera Mamadieva

In 2016, I moved to the US from Russia. Love brought me here and I married a wonderful man. Everything was new to me and I was looking for my own place; the US was a perfect soil to realize my entrepreneurial dreams. An idea of FFL came to me when I was looking for a special gift for my sister-in-law and then I decided to create something myself since I was a flower hobbyist anyway. Read more>>

Morgan Sabnekar

Modern Temple began as a fun hobby to combine my love for holistic wellness and art. Being a mom of 2 girls, in a Master’s program at ASU, and working full time as a UX/UI Consultant, there is zero time for messy painting. I needed a way to get the creative ideas out, which lead to becoming a self-taught graphic artist. I believe I stumbled upon an article on Pinterest about designing your own clothes and thought that was a pretty neat idea and decided to give it try. Read more>>

Bethany Blazevich

About four years ago, I was at an all-time low. My weight was creeping back up and I was full of anxiety and depression. I had two beautiful baby boys and I was struggling to find happiness. I knew I needed to make some big changes in my life so that I could be the mama I wanted to be, as well as the person I needed to be. I decided to commit to becoming the healthiest “me” I could be. Read more>>

Diana Anghelus

In 2005, I moved to the United States, coming from a small town in Romania, Eastern Europe. I was to start a new life, so was my career. It was not easy, but I knew I could do this. With ambition and patience… everything is possible. Especially, that I always knew America is the country of all possibilities. Going to a Beauty School, working and getting trained by some of the biggest cosmetic companies like MAC, Dior, Lancome, Guerlain, Origins, Prescriptives, helped me a lot in pursuing my dream. Read more>>

Rose Courtney

I got started over 20 years ago with the vision to help people regain their health through fitness training, nutrition in a setting outside of a gym. I have always been an independent trainer who believes that one doesn’t need expensive machines in order to have great health. Read more>>

Jenn Loyd

I became a mom 5 years ago and knew that my traveling sales job was not ideal for being away from my kids. As an outlet I started a blog and that quickly grew into a style blog. I started working with actual clients about 4 years ago as a Personal Fashion Stylist and love it! Read more>>

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