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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.

Shontia Doffney

I have since been named a brand ambassador, and I am also apart of an amazing sisterhood of women started by TeeCee Eichelberger called QWEENDOM where I am apart of the qween court. Today, I am still growing and learning through experience but I have grown to love myself more and have more self-confidence through these experiences. Read more>>

Heather Howard

I loved makeup so much that I decided to go to school to be an Esthetician to have something to fall back on when makeup wasn’t “busy.” In my career, I have done tons of weddings&proms this was before everything was digital, I then became a freelance makeup artist for Chanel and Shiseido cosmetics. Read more>>

Barbara Bzdak

I’ve always enjoyed being creative and making things, I like to sew, crochet, craft painting, and trying out lots of Pinterest ideas. The casual crafting shifted dramatically in August 2017. I had a pair of earrings that I wore A LOT and I lost one, I hung on to the remaining earring because in the back of my mind I thought, “I think I could make this.” On a hot August day in 2017 I went to Michael’s and bought a bunch of supplies – inexpensive wire, beads, pliers, etc. I spent the entire day watching YouTube videos and playing around with all my supplies. Read more>>

Hannah Conner

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>>

Nayeli Galaviz

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>>

Cyndee Harding

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>>

Willow Sanders

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>>

María Tomás-Keegan

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>>

Kris Tualla

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>>

Holly Mabry

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>>

Maria Maxwell

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>>


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