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Trailblazers: Glendale

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

adriana ortiz

Time progressed and my path had taken a different turn finding a more stable job which landed me in the cosmetic retail industry for the bulk of my career. I’m now ready to venture back out on my own and find that eager tenacious Makeup artist I was. Read more>>

Lindsay Harrel

Like almost every author, my journey toward publication has been paved with rejection. I wrote my first book quickly in 2011 — it’s now something I lovingly refer to as The Book That Must Not Be Named (Harry Potter reference, anyone?). Read more>>

Joyce Kawalchuk

From a young age, I’ve had the desire to work with my hands. I grew up in the family business and worked as a mechanic on turf, industrial, and construction equipment. Read more>>

Heather Szymura

Heather’s career began in 1996 when she started working part-time for UPS while simultaneously attending college full-time. Working her way through the ranks, Heather moved into management in the Business Development department. Read more>>

Dana McCurdy

I think my story starts with genetics. My grandfather Louis Hippe was a well known makeup artist in Hollywood from the 1930s-1960s. My grandmother was also a dancer and I think I got those creative propensities from both of them. Read more>>

Marian Toma

I found hair so fun and fascinating- as she was learning, so was I.. Both of my parents instilled in me to hustle at a young age. You can have anything you want in life as long as you put the hard work, and focus. In 2006, I was lucky enough to get accepted in a Highschool scholarship to beauty college. Read more>>

Cassandra Riley

I have always loved helping others and cared greatly about their health and well being. Growing up I had no interest in beauty and was extremely involved in sports. Read more>>

Corinne Hallock

I have been making jewelry as long as I can remember. I was always making gifts for friends and family. When I became a mom to two adorable twin boys in 2014. It was my dream to stay home and be with them as much as possible. Read more>>

Demy Karalis

I started drawing as a young girl, like most children do, with color pencils and watercolors. As I was growing up, so was my love for art, but in communist Bulgaria, the dreams and the possibilities of the factory workers’ children were very limited. It was expected of them to also become factory workers, not artists, therefore, drawing remained just a hobby for me for many more years. Read more>>

Sarah Marcotte-Stephens

No matter how great you are at your craft, always be humble and realize that there is always more to learn. You are never done learning. I work in a salon with 16 other stylists and I constantly love to see the way that they interact with their clients and the amazing transformations that they create. Even though I don’t do hair, there is always something to learn in watching someone else’s art. Read more>>

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