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.
Like many artists, I showed an aptitude for art at a young age. My artistic bent was accentuated by growing up in Turkey, where the arts are minimized. I moved to the United States to attend George Mason University and studied studio art/oil painting. Read more>>
De Alva Ward
I saw a need in the spiritual community to feed the souls who are ready to listen and learn. Then the word got out by word of mouth. People began sharing their experiences with me to their friends and family. This gave me a consistent flow of clients who are genuinely looking to change their lives through there work with me. Read more>>
My passion for nails started like a hobby, from where I come from nails are really glamorous, exotic, they have a lot of rhinestones, bright colors, and can be super busy, but at the same time is amazing some of the staff that they can do over there. Read more>>
I was a real person looking for everyday solutions to increase my awareness and safety. The key was education, constantly finding ways to learn. It is important to remember that just because someone has never done what you, there is value in your knowledge. Read more>>
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. In Mr. Fisher’s third grade class, we would have “Story Teller” days where he’d clear aside our regular Friday morning curricula and allow us to write stories on whatever we wanted. He then “bound” them in orange cardboard and at the end of the year, our “stories” sat on display in the library for the last week of school. Read more>>
It felt right for me to combine those two things as I reinvented myself as a Certified Life & Career Coach for Women, specializing in transitions — what I call the Upside Downs of Life. Read more>>
In 2006, I got the crazy idea to try writing a novel, that possibility inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” books. In my inexperience with the historical genre, I decided to write Norsemen instead of Scotsmen so I wouldn’t look like I was “copying” Outlander. Read more>>
Susan F. Moody and Leeanne Gardner
Once upon a time, Susan F. Moody was working at a job that although it was financially rewarding it was also soul sucking. It was during this time that her husband was considering that he would retire within in the next few years. Read more>>
Hair is my love, makeup is my passion, and together, I love my passion very much. The whole look, a makeover, a photo shoot, a complete change, even a step up in their profession is truly what I enjoy. Read more>>
I actually started doing aesthetics 14 years ago, not knowing what I wanted to do with my career path. I thought I would get my aesthetics license until I figured out what I wanted to do. Read more>>