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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.

Marina Pivonka

I was always doing everyone’s hair but hadn’t quite realized it was my calling. I didn’t have a WHY attached to my motivation for wanting to make everyone look beautiful. It wasn’t until I was 20 years old and my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer that I found my why. Read more>>

Heather Conway

I started teaching Group Fitness over 20 years ago in Alaska, my hometown, after being a fitness enthusiast and athlete. I was on a National Award Winning Dance Team and soccer team in high school and that carried over into my passion for fitness and eventually instructing fitness classes. Being active has always been important in my life and in my athletics. Read more>>

Madalaine Brannum

After graduating college, I figured I would be the type of salesperson that was a force to be reckoned with. I envisioned myself “in charge” and rolling over the competition. I imagined what life would be like as I climbed the corporate ladder, gaining experience and knowledge to effectively lead a team of other highly effective salespeople. Read more>>

Brandi Majerle

I started sharing images of our life on social media, so family and friends back in Kansas City could see what we were up to. The more I shared, the more I realized people really enjoyed seeing photos of our pups. They were interested in seeing all the pup’s adventures and experiencing the world through their eyes. Read more>>

Audrey Saunders

My passion for the environment and animal welfare didn’t turn on like a light switch. Rather, it was a gradual evolution over time. Things really ramped up last year when I noticed my daughter making changes that raised my awareness about problems I hadn’t previously considered. She stopped using plastic water bottles and got a stainless steel bottle. Read more>>

Dawn Albright

Years ago, I was living in a small condo complex in Old Town that had a large side yard with great soil and shade. I decided I wanted to get back to my roots and do a little gardening. With the help and encouragement of my now-husband, Chase, that evolved into composting and raising chickens. Bribing the neighbors with fresh eggs didn’t keep the HOA from asking us to get rid of the chickens so instead we decided to move. Read more>>

Katie Roberts

My parents encouraged me to do self-exams since breast cancer was so prominent in our family. I did do my own exams and knew that the only chance I had was early detection. That’s it. The goal as a teen and a young 20-something was to “catch it while it was small” to give me the best odds of survival and minimal treatment. Read more>>

Samantha Jones

As a hairstylist, I’ve grown to love blonding services! I specialize in platinum and balayages and everything in between! Sometimes, my client’s joke and will refer to me as the blonde queen and I try to play it cool but inside I always turn into mush and can’t stop screaming joy. Read more>

Aimee Zimmerman

I graduated massage school 15 years ago with high hopes of helping my husband support our small, young family while doing what I loved- helping people feel better through massage therapy. I quickly realized how undervalued and overworked massage employees are. Read more>>

Tanisha Harper

Experiencing the beauty salon environment at that age, I was hooked and it was so cool to me. Once I was old enough to do my own hair, I’d experiment and look at hairstyles in magazines and try to duplicate them. I would practice on family members and friends from high school. Read more>>

Breanna Stone

I’ve always had a passion for art and design but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school where I was able to take my first graphic design class. Since then, my love has grown year after year for the brilliance that art and graphic design provide. I’d always worked in retail and restaurants right out of high school but was stuck in this endless loop of surviving paycheck by paycheck.  Read more>>

Cristina Keller

Small business ownership is not an easy road! I’ve dealt with so many issues and I’ve only been at it a couple of months! I can’t imagine what’s to come. What’s great though is that I am MY OWN BOSS. There is no feeling more empowering than that. I decide what’s best for myself and my clients and that my friends, is priceless. Read more>>

Kelly Miller

I am a lifestyle blogger and brand that focuses on travel, food, and adventure in the desert! This also includes adventures outside of the desert, too. I am known for capturing desert images and real life. I would say my interpretation of desert beauty and adventure sets me apart from others. Read more>>

Tammy Zelez

I am extremely humbled with where I am today in my career and my many goals for the future. My niche in photography is high school seniors and branding. Never once in these three years have I ever regretted the decision I made! Read more>>

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