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.
Sheryl (Shey) Willis
The restaurant business is not for the faint of heart… or stomach. Restaurants have one of the highest failure rates with about 60% of new restaurants failing within the first year and not before completing depleting their business and personal bank accounts. After successfully operating a local restaurant/bar for eight years, I was also the broker that sold that fully operating business which is almost unheard in today’s bar industry. Shortly after the business sale, several local struggling restaurant’s owners asked for my help. Read more>>
Now, I teach how to do the things I love. I began dancing when I was 4-years-old after begging and pleading to my mother long enough to wear her down. But, it was only after a doctor recommended that ballet might help my crooked legs, that she finally agreed to take me to our tiny local studio. I wore leg braces until I was about 6 or 7. Stepping into that dance studio for the first time was also the first time my leg braces were removed in public. Moving to the music that poured out of the little record player changed my life. Read more>>
Cats are amazing creatures who, as a population is very much loved on the internet, but not so much outside of the world wide web. In 2016, I had this breakthrough — I needed to be involved as much as possible to help save lives and I had no idea how deep that box would go, but I dove right on in! Read more>>
I have been an animal lover, pet owner and fan of all things underdog for as long as I can remember. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, but moved to the sunshine in 1996. I attended Arizona State University where I graduated with a degree in Communication. Read more>>
Natalie J. Moe
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Read More>>
My career choice has given me flexibility to take them to school and pick them up almost every day, get them to swim practices, dance classes, horseback riding lessons, volunteer in their classrooms and chaperone school field trips, etc. Read more>>
“I had been too scared to open my own business because I didn’t have faith in myself. But I had to do something to take care of my grandmother. After my grandfather passed away my fears went away because I didn’t have anything else to fear. Read more>>
Drawing on inspiration from the many petroglyph sites of the southwest, I hand-cut shapes from slabs of clay, glaze and fire them in my studio kiln. These anthropomorphic figures, animals, symbols, and geometric shapes become tiles in colorful and imaginative compositions. Read more>>
It is a privilege to share my story and thank you for taking the time to listen. Today, I am a mother of 2 incredible children, wife to my best friend of 22 years, devoted family member, friend, and a passionate student and teacher of ‘’yoga life’. Read more>>
I begin working with prenatal and postpartum wellness during my first pregnancy in 1996 as a homebirth midwives assistant. Over the last 22 years, my journey has led me bedside to over 200 births, mothering three of my own children. Read more>>
I’ve always been really interested in businesses and how they work. When I was really young, I started ambitiously applying for jobs I was underqualified for, and landing them. I always knew that I could just find the resources to teach myself whatever I didn’t know. Read more>>