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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.

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>>

Lauren Ashley

I encourage any young female just starting out to just do it. Even if you have to work a job while starting your business. As long as you have the drive and the want, nothing should stand in your way of becoming your own brand. It’s an empowering feeling to be my own boss. 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>>

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>>

Millie Worthy

I feel like I was born to do hair. My mother received her cosmetology license in high school and showed me a lot when I was younger. I was shampooing my own hair around age 7/8. I braided my sister hair when I was around age five. My very first client was my cousin, I received $10 to braid her hair when we were about age 10/11, lol. 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>>

Gloria Jawaro

For the women who are just starting their journey, first off thank you. This is the first step in sharing who you are and what you will benefit to this world. Showcasing what God has gifted to you can really pave the way for other women to showcase their gifts too. Read more>>

Jazmyne Bursey

Bumps are made to get over them, it’s how you get over them and keep going is what matters. Don’t give up because the moment you do is the moment you lose yourself. Dreams are supposed to be made and goals are supposed to be accomplished. You just got to get up and do it. Read more>>

Marissa Mezzatesta

Growing up in dance and attending an all-girls high school, Xavier College Preparatory, I was constantly working with children and had the importance of service instilled in me. I wanted to share my love for dance and its healing powers with others, and with a focus on children, I began to share my talents and volunteer my time. Read more>>

Barbie Holmes

I finally healed my relationship with food and body image and decided to fulfill my lifelong dream to become a model at age 57. Against the odds, at midlife and not a fashion industry size 0, I signed with an agency as a lifestyle model. I have worked on commercials, print jobs, and acting jobs as featured background in movies and tv shows. Read more>>

Bronwyn Price

I started taking photos for fun when I was about 12 years old. I used my dad’s Sony A550 without having any knowledge on cameras; I just pointed and shot. Although I was not even close to professionalism, I really enjoyed it as a hobby. My parents noticed this and bought me my first, little Nikon. Read more>>

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