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Trailblazers: Mesa

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

Candice Liozu

I spent most of my career (~20 years) in the corporate world, working as a consultant and travelling the world to serve global companies implement large software systems. After the birth of my son in 2009, I realized that not only had my priorities shifted, but I was also longing for more meaning in my life. Read more>>

Dior Cox

I started to develop a passion for creating new color combos, doing photoshoots and meeting other local shop owners so, I decided to make it a business. I created an Etsy shop and started the journey! I did local boutiques, collaborated with influencers and bloggers. Read more>>

Kim Vehon

I remember driving in my car thinking about what we could do to continue to help kids still in foster care when it came to me. I could make videos. I could use something I have done for a job and use that to positively impact foster care in Arizona. That was the moment Foster Arizona was born. Read more>>

Tammy Krikorian Gabel

I’m a former journalist and currently work in public relations. I’ve been blogging off and on, both personally and professionally, since 2005 when I was a reporter in Yuma. I started this blog in 2014 when I returned to work after having my youngest. Read more>>

Mari Johnson

Doing drag makeup with my friend Josh is what got me hooked and ever since I have been head over heels in love with makeup. It’s one of the many things I do in an art form. Makeup and poetry keep me sane. I love inspiring and getting inspired but other artist and their styles. Read more>>

Michele Felix

I honestly got started in this industry to get out of accounting. I had been in accounting for about 15 years. I had grown to hate it. I was looking for an administrative job, but they would always call me back with we have this accounting position. Read more>>

Dr. Laura Bush

At Peacock Proud Press, I and my team are committed to working with people who want to write high quality, bestselling books that readers actually buy, read, and recommend. Read more>>

Lindsey Blazevich

I started volunteering at a local no-kill shelter 11 years ago and I immediately fell in love with pit bulls. They are so loving, loyal, affectionate… and extremely misunderstood. I started noticing that out of hundreds of dogs in the kennels, only a few were pits. Read more>>

Ericka Brian

I’ve facilitated amazing workshops around the valley… but most importantly I learned to shift from living based off of the conditions of my life to living with full intention and purpose as I continue to create the person I wish to be for myself and others. Read more>>

Suzanne Bell

I wanted to work in a place where people were respectful of others and cared about their work and their clients and were focused on education and being brilliant hairstylists. Read more>>

Jackie Kunkel

I began sewing in my 6th grade Home Economics class making garments and doing hand embroidery. That began my love affair with a sewing machine. I enjoyed making garments but then as I grew up and off to college, it slipped away from me. Read more>>

janice jaicks

We grew in size, we changed venues several times, and today we are at a beautiful hotel in Mesa/Phoenix Arizona serving about 500 professionals of all formats and fitness enthusiasts. We also boast about 40 booths and sponsors. Read more>>

Emily Bates

Queen B Home was born in the fall of 2015 by complete accident! I was teaching elementary school at the time, and looking for ways to bring in a little extra income. Read more>>


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