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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.

Vanessa Hopkins

When I saw pour overs on a menu, I never understood why someone would pay so much for a cup of drip coffee! Little did I know, that cup of coffee would transport me to coffee farms around the world and once again give that special connection, this time to the farmers and coffee roasters. Read more>>

Infynity Hill

My admiration first sparked when I was a little girl spending hours in the school library examining kid-encyclopedias on animal biodiversity or reading up on natural disasters. I remember building ecosystem dioramas and teaching classmates about the carbon cycle in the seventh grade. Read more>>

Amanda Enger

It was a lot of trial and error. Figuring out what worked for me and what didn’t. You only get taught the basics of beauty school. I wish I would’ve been able to find a great stylist to assist when I first graduated and got licensed. It would’ve been so much easier and I wouldn’t have made some mistakes I did. However, I’m grateful for that because I only learned and grew from them. Read more>>

Shea Jones

My advice for other women is to always go after what you’re passionate about. No matter how hard you think the battle may be, what others will think, or even if you think you simply can’t do it. Reach out to others for advice, you will be surprised at how open and kind some people are. Never be afraid to ask for help. Read more>>

Jerny Rieves

I worked in every position imaginable in health and wellness since that time. I now own a company called Healthworx that works specifically with metabolic disorders in subclinical and clinical middle-age populations. My goal is to teach people how to take care of their personal health and wellbeing, reduce medications, and increase the overall quality of life. Read more>>

Claudia Gonzalez

After about a year of just practicing on different people, I decided to look into getting licensed as a nail technician. I asked for information at a school and they told me how much tuition was and I thought to myself how will I be able to pay the down payment to start school when I had minimum wage part-time job at a grocery store.  Read more>>

Alex LaPointe

I applied at salons & barbershops that were out of my comfort zone and specialized in areas that were my weakness so that I could get hands-on training. I jumped around for a few years, and now, I own a salon suite with another friend of mine! It hasn’t been easy and it’s been terrifying at times, but I love what I do and I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Read more>>

Ambia Elms

Hair is fun. I’ve thought so since I was a grungy teenager in the ’90s, coloring hair every color of the rainbow in my bathroom on me and my friends. Once a month, all my guy friends would line up and one by one, I would cut their hair. Nothing fancy. Mostly mohawks and your standard 90’s undercut. Read more>>

Casi Stauffer

I started doing hair because I LOVED getting my hair done. It always made me feel so good right after I got a new fun style. I started cosmetology school not knowing what it would really be like. I know that was a really great decision for the benefit of the rest of my life! Read more>>

Heather Fetter

Our little shop started back in 2012 after spending a year repping a small San Diego brand SUP but soon realized that we needed more space to accommodate the local demand. We were the first stand up paddleboard shop in Metro Phoenix and to this day, eight summers later many have come and gone, but we are still the largest! Read more>>

Ali Greaber

I knew this was my sport. I was continuing to make goals for myself, work towards them, and learn so much about myself in the process. At some point, I decided to accomplish one marathon, The Tucson Marathon. I told myself after that I can be proud of what I have done and do not need to run anymore. Read more>>


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