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.
The combination of no idea what I was doing + three tiny kids + no money definitely did not make for smooth roads! Each day provided a new obstacle, and as much as I wish I could say the growing pains are over and I’ve mastered the art of running a small business, I can not! I’m still learning each day and figuring out how to overcome obstacles that come with growing a business. Read more>>
My parents really encouraged my creativity and got behind all the things I wanted to learn to do. They always facilitated ways for me to do new things and helped me so much. We had a big family and home, so we were always busy doing something! I actually went into the legal field in college, but always kept my love for interiors. Read more>>
I often did my friend’s makeup for dances, outings, and weddings for fun because that’s what it always was for me- fun! In February 2017 I was given a liquid lipstick called LipSense for the first time, and that’s really when everything changed. I fell in love with the product and ended up becoming a SeneGence distributor. Read more>>
When I started taking hair and makeup as a serious career choice, I started to find inspiration in everything I saw. I’m constantly challenging myself and pushing the boundaries. Now, you can find me in my salon creating beautiful hair. And in my free time, creating inspiring looks. Read more>>
I started my Instagram page as a way to make connections with other women and mothers. Over time, it has grown and given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and work with some incredible brands! I have loved being able to find common ground with others and find ways to support and encourage each other through motherhood’s journey. Read more>>
I started making dress sculptures and it finally hit me that costume design would marry my interests in art, design, fashion, history, and storytelling. I quickly transferred to Penn State’s School of Theatre so that I could get an education in Technical Theatre with an emphasis in Costume. I learned how to sew, pattern, and drape, and also learned how to break down a script. I learned that costume design is the art of telling stories and evoking character through clothing. Read more>>
To help fund their IVF process, Mattisyn decided to start sewing jersey knit blankets – a family tradition that was dear to her heart. For years, Mattisyn’s mother-in-law, Mysti, has gifted soft, comfortable jersey knit blankets to her family. A favorite of each member of the family, these blankets have seen a lot of life and love! Mattisyn immediately knew these well-loved blankets were the perfect way to begin funding their dream to have a family and so Cozys Blankets was born! Read more>>
Bonnie Adams and Breanna Kealey
Bonnie and Breanna met through a local cake club about seven years ago. They both operated their own separate bakery businesses at the time and became fast friends. They teamed up to create a seven-foot-tall cake for a competition celebrating Arizona’s Centennial. After that, they decided they liked working together more than on their own and combined businesses to create Inspired Sugar! Read more>>
I loved my family, but I started to feel depressed that I didn’t have anything that belonged to me. Something that was mine and mine alone. The depression started to cause issues at home, so I went out to search for that thing that would hopefully fill the void I felt was missing. Read more>>
I have a few cookie recipes that we love but never really thought about starting a bakery with them. A year ago we stayed at my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving, and she made an amazing chocolate chip cookie! It was so yummy, and it really inspired me. I used her recipe and some of my own to try to come up with the best chocolate chip cookie. Read more>>
I have been teaching dance for over a decade now and I try to give my students a unique experience. Dance isn’t a place of stagnation or being comfortable. It is about challenging oneself and learning to step outside one’s comfort zone as a way to create and contribute to an ever-evolving art form. Read more>>