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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.

Renee Johnson

After my kids graduated, I found myself taking another office position but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled and it seemed like something was missing. I realized that whenever I felt out of balance or needed to feel grounded because of the stress of a divorce, a move, or just because of life’s many tribulations, I always found myself literally and figuratively in a yoga class. Read more>>

Franzi Kueck

I want my visitors to feel relaxed and pampered. I’m still building my clientele. It’s a rough road and I try to be persistent despite knowing it will take a while. But just like with my art, I challenge myself to get better all the time. It can be frustrating sometimes, but that’s okay as long as you can chase your passion. Read more>>

Kari Sleezer

After several years, I was then promoted to Executive Director. Gilbert Talks now manages the TEDxGilbert license and I co-organize events bringing people in Gilbert together to share ideas worth spreading to inspire change and innovation in a different capacity. I strive to invest in the future by creating pathways for others to make contributions and connections. Read more>>

Natalie Tansill and Amy O’Connell

Ever Eden Publishing was born out of a desire to publish quality works of art that are written by Catholic women. We firmly believe that feminine voices can change the world. We promote and support women writers by publishing a quarterly literary journal and helping them build community with one another. Read more>>

Diana Nica

I have the most precious thing in my life, which is my son. Life has its weird ways of making us the person we are today, trust yourself and don’t lose hope no matter how hard it gets sometimes. Praying helped me a lot get through all the challenges I had to deal with. Read more>>

Kelsi Ring

To the girls starting their journey, or are even where I was at a few years ago, I would tell them something very cliché but it’s BEYOND true—believe in you and encourage yourself and have the courage to go for an opportunity that you may feel underqualified for, you may surprise yourself. Read more>>

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