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Trailblazers: Gilbert

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

Ashton Pleasants

I’ve been making t-shirt quilts for over 6 years and I love it! I love working with shirts and their stories and designing the layout for each quilt. I love the sewing, the people I get to meet, and the memories I get to preserve. After taking a break this summer, I moved from Etsy to my own website. Read more>>

Qiana Kelsch

I always had some interest in photography thanks to my mother. She was always taking photos for as long as I can remember. When I was 13 I decided to take a summer school course right before junior high on photography. At first I wasn’t sure how I would like it. Read more>>

Michelle Jorgensen

I knew I wanted to be that teacher that made everyone fall in love with swimming. Water safety is not only important in Arizona but it builds confidence, stamina and discipline in kids and adults. I love seeing the proud sense of accomplishment people get as they master the skills of swimming. Read more>>

Rebecca Henderson

After 11 years in the industry that one thing has always stuck with me. Yes I love doing all of the hair, but when a client sits in my chair it’s more than what’s growing out of their scalp, it’s about how they feel when they leave. Seeing another persons confidence grow is what makes me come back for more every single day. Read more>>

Malorie Forakis

My journey started as a professional photographer and journal writer. Then, one day, I decided to share one of my journal topics publicly and it all began there. I also love supporting local and small businesses. I love fashion, music, and food. Read more>>

Lori Regnier

I have always been passionate about helping children caught in abusive situations. As a Realtor, learning about Arizona and all it had to offer, I also learned that we had an increase in crimes against our most vulnerable and that our communities were not as safe as they once were. Read more>>

Mabre Lencho-Armstrong

I’ve always been surrounded by makers. Both my grandfather and father worked in creative fields so naturally, I was exposed to art at an early age. To this day, I am amazed with how they both have been able to capture the essence of the subject matter that inspires them, like animals and the natural world. Read more>>

Caitlyn Neier

After 1.5 years of YouTube and Instagram, I feel like I finally know what direction I want my social media to go in. Giving my 45+ thousand+ followers content that is valuable & educational is my main goal – and what I strive for every day. Read more>>

Mykalin Conway

I have always had a love for photography and videography even though I never thought that it would be my career choice. Growing up, I never had the money to buy a camera so it was always just a for fun “hobby” that I enjoyed on my iPhone. When I got married in 2015, we had some extra cash from our wedding. Read more>>

Tara Stoner

I’ve slowly been getting a little momentum and achieving little goals I’ve set for myself. It’s been great to get encouragement and a community of mothers to bounce ideas, struggles, and triumphs! Read more>>


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