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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.

Amanda Sharr

I realized after about a year that my favorite of all the things I worked so hard to achieve was doing eyebrows. I no longer wanted to do hair, I wanted to do brows at a brow bar. I wanted to change faces; which is really hard to do when you’re managing people and stocking shelves instead. Read more>>

Jillian Kinsala

When I separated, I moved to Arizona and interned at the International Rescue Committee, then worked in finance and then became a writer. Clearly, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until I bought the first place that I knew. I was on my own, it was scary, but it was the beginning of my real estate career. Read more>>

Kelsey Strothers

Being a small business owner is one of the most demanding jobs you can have. The combination of the two is relentless and to say we haven’t seen struggles would be asinine. The amount of work and hours that it takes is exhausting, but the results of seeing your work thrive are amazing. Read more>>

Kesha Hendricks

You’ll have your days when everything is going right, but it’s important to keep yourself grounded and stay true to who you are. Always keep a joy journal as I call it. Write down your goals, triumphs, and your downfalls so you can look back and learn from your mistakes. Read more>>

Chelsa Delfeld and Tee-Jay Netters

She has placed in many collegiate competitions through the Social Latin categories and has been known for her vivacious personality and spirit. She has continued to perform at many dance venues and also teaches ballroom dance workshops to local high schools and community classes through the City of Tempe. Read more>>

Ashley Lane

It has not been a smooth road. Starting your own business is hard. My biggest struggle is just getting the visibility so that I can get new clients. I’d just say make sure you do your research, don’t stop learning and don’t give up. If it’s your passion, it’s worth it. Read more>>

Nichole Maddox

I give myself deadlines, and act like I’m already making money. If you want to be your own boss, just do it. Don’t let people tell you what you cannot do. Be passionate about your work because people will appreciate that more. Don’t think about the money, think about the fun you will have doing what you love to do. Read more>>

Jessica Rose

The program ran me through the whole gamut of emotions! One might equate it to the burning of the old (the Phoenix), preparing for transformation and rebirth. It was almost as though I discovered the Universal encyclopedia to all that I felt and believed but didn’t have the words. Read more>>

Kimberly Moore

My first time ever being in the store, the salon lady fell in love with my friend’s hair asking her who did her hair! She quickly turned her to me, offering me a position on the spot. I contemplated and even considered turning the position down because I was so fearful of putting my two weeks in. Read more>>

Missi Van De Graaff

My goal, like most, is to work from home. Well, as I have had kids, the more I want that dream to come true. It wasn’t until about a year ago, I really thought of the idea of doing eyelash extensions. It’s not a super intense job that requires perfect artistry, such as microblading. But it’s still a form of beauty that when my clients get off my table, they look and feel beautiful instantly. Read more>>

Danielle Gaytan

I have always loved taking pictures. I love how pictures capture emotion, and can just freeze a moment. I also really love how when you look at an old picture you can almost relive it. As a kid, I would take pictures all the time, of family and friends. I would practice and practice. I took a photography course in college, which taught me camera settings and the basics in Photoshop and Lightroom. Read more>>


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