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Trailblazers: Maricopa

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

Karla Woods Stephens

‘For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and give you a hope and a future.’ -Jeremiah 29:11 I was the surprise my parents got at their six-week doctor visit after my big sister was born. Mommy was devastated at first. But then, when I came, she knew I was very special. I was a gift. Read more>>

Mayra Duron

I specialize in wedding backdrops. My pieces are unique because I weave each couple’s story into the pattern. There have been couples who go hiking and find their own piece of driftwood for me to build on so each one always has its own special meaning. Read more>>

Rachel Noble

I’m a photographer who specializes in telling the stories of women, and couples. The adventurous ones… with bare feet, messy hair and fiery hearts.The free-spirited, who value beautifully authentic moments over the picture perfect. Those are my people. Read more>>

Carissa Jonason

I pushed him towards his dream and he obtained his falconry license. To become falconer, you have to apprentice under a general or master falconer for two years. As I watched him through his apprenticeship, I saw the relationship you can build with a wild bird of prey and I decided I just had to do this! Read more>>

Katie Ruppel

I was loving my career so much that the first couple of years, I felt guilty charging for my services because I LOVED doing it so much! One of my favorite attributes about the beauty industry is the constant change. I really love going to hair color classes or beauty shows to learn what’s popular, and of course the new latest and greatest. Read more>>

Sandra Canett

I thought I need to take pictures that would entice the people that saw them go eat those foods and so, I started doing that. After a while, I started thinking bigger and decided to create a high-end brand called Fat Tucson for not only photography but blogs. I came up with three different concepts all revolving around the food industry and started writing about local restaurants. Read more>> 

Laura Walsh

From as young as I can remember, I’ve had a dream in my heart to sing. For the most part, I kept that dream to myself until I graduated high school and started making real moves toward that dream. While studying at ASU and working a few different jobs. Read more>>

Christian DiCicco and Dr. April Glesinger

Christian DiCicco met with Dr. Glesinger acquiring about his certifications hours for a medical nail technician. When the two met they both had the same vision about a nail spa within her practice. This will be the first in Arizona and in Tucson. Read more>>

Autum Craft

I’ve always been a creative at heart. I grew up as a competitive dancer, so I’ve always been in front of the camera for photo shoots and recordings of my dancing. In addition to dancing, I always had my mom’s camera around my neck. Read more>>

Hannah Makel

Brunch Babes Tucson was started as an inspiration from both Bumble BFF, and Sex and the City. I had begun using Bumble BFF to connect with friends in Tucson. I had been living here for about a year, with zero success in meeting “girl friends”. Read more>>

Ashley Ager

I started my blog, Mama State of Mind, almost a year ago as a way to express myself as a stay at home mom. I set out with a goal to someday be able to make an income from my blog. Within months of launching my blog, I was getting products to review and doing sponsored blog posts. Read more>>

Natalie McCasling

This has been a bumpy, winding road with many hills and valleys. I thought this was going to be a hobby and that was all. Maybe, I would make some extra money while being more fulfilled creatively, but I never envisioned it to be what it is today. Read more>>

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