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.
Dana Bentley Black
My father became a REALTOR® when I was young, long before computers were around. I loved going through the listing books that were always laying around the house. Bombarding my dad with questions, I compared home prices, amenities and locations. Read more>>
Over 13 years ago, I attended school for Aesthetics and loved it! I took a short break as I was nurturing and building my family. When all my little ones were finally in school, I decided to reignite my passion in the industry. Going completely freelance was a difficult challenge as all my work I had to hustle for. Read more>>
I have always had a passion for the beauty industry! My journey in becoming a skin therapist has been years in the making. My favorite job was when I worked for Sephora, that was when I was first introduced to skincare and fell in love with all of it. What really pushed me to go to school for esthetics was two years ago when I was trying to detox off birth control. Read more>>
Beauty & the Boss is a professional development and career coaching service for women in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. As the owner and head coach, my mission is to help women learn strategic soft-skills and strategically position themselves for career growth. Read more>>
I have had the fortune of growing up right here in the East Valley! I’m a graduate of Chandler High School and received an academic scholarship to attend Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism with an emphasis on Public Relations and a minor in Communication. Read more>>
At the age of 22, I moved from San Jose, CA to sunny Tempe, AZ. I started out as a receptionist for a computer kiosk company making minimum wage. Over the last 15 years, I organically grew into various roles in that industry In 2017, I became a COO of a different kiosk company and while I enjoyed that role, I knew there was more I wanted to accomplish. Read more>>
Camille Badger and Karen Nunez
We are Karen and Camille, owners of an online boutique called Luxe + Luna! Our story began when we met two years ago working for a dermatology office. We became super close and quickly learned that we both shared a love for all things fashion. Co-workers turned into besties, besties turned into Boss babes, is how I like to describe us. Read more>>
To any women who are just now starting their journey, start small, making daily habitual changes you can continue for the rest of your life: Develop a workout routine you can stick to, incorporate more fruits and vegetables, drink more water. Once you get the hang of the small stuff, you can focus on being more specific. Read more>>
I am asked many times “how do you find your passion?” I read a story about a young woman who was facing many challenges but yet was determined to remain upbeat. “I don’t care what I’m doing, my goal is to have fun wherever I am and to do the best at whatever I’m doing,” she said. I was inspired by her and that comment soon became my life’s mantra. Read more>>
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>>