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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.

Brooke Monsen

After doing this for a few months, I decided that it would be best to just get my own booth. So, with much stress, I took $1500 that was set aside for that month’s rent and put it all into materials for this new business venture. From there, things just started to grow. I was able to sell enough pillows at the boutique to pay back the investment and buy more materials. Read more>>

Candace Colburn

The items I make are bandanas, bow ties, neckties, and fabric flowers. I also make collars, leashes, rope toys, and puzzle feeders. I love the idea of pets who are loved and spoiled by their owners. So many of my customers have so much love for their pets that they want to dress them up and make them feel special. It might seem silly to some, but I have one customer with a blue pittie that waits by the dryer for her fabric flower to be put back on her collar. Read more>>

Aly Kirkpatrick

I loved being able to capture life’s moments, whether it was with friends or school events. It was something I loved being a part of and the creativity of photography came very naturally for me. I remember setting up “photoshoots” with my friends and siblings, just for the simple fact that it was fun to me. Read more>>

Libbie Henrie

My passion for cooking started at eight years old when my mom bought me my first cookbook, Alice Waters’s Fanny at Chez Panisse. I had never viewed food as anything other than what people ate, but suddenly it became something I could create and share with others. I don’t think there is any other creative medium that creates joy as easily and universally as food. Read more>>

Kalli Gleave

It was fun! A year or so later, the following of shoppers I had built up got too big to manage in our small yard, so I ended up opening a vintage furniture store in downtown Mesa called Old Brick House Vintage Market. It was a monthly market open three days a month. It was the funniest adventure. We had repetitive customers that shopped monthly. Read more>>

Karli Jensen

Almost six years ago, just before my first baby was born I decided to take some time off my day job as a hospital dietitian to stay at home with my kids. I love nutrition, science, and cooking but there has always been a part of me that wanted to do something creative and completely different! Read more>>

Teddi Lynn Covey von Pingel

I am a native of Arizona – born in Globe, Arizona (home of the most delicious Mexican food!). I am the oldest of seven children, with five brothers and one precious sister. My journey is non-traditional and at times, meandering. Right after high school graduation, I moved to Los Angeles, CA to attend fashion design school. I was 17-years old and determined to put my passion for art and clothing to good use. However, I quickly figured out that LA wasn’t for me – I was too young, too inexperienced, and too far away from home. I returned to Arizona and transferred to another school to continue working in Fashion Design. Read more>>

Dylan Clark

I am the girl behind Whiplash Queen. I am 23 years old. When I was 18, I was going to college to get a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I had always loved all things girly and all things beauty since I was a little girl, but when my senior year came, and it was time to make “adultish” decisions, I thought I needed a degree. Instead of pursuing beauty, which is what I really loved deep down, I decided to go to college and get a business degree. Don’t get me wrong, I like business too, just not as much as I did beauty. Read more>>

Jordan Sharp

My interest peaked with courses like biomechanics, and exercise physiology and strength and conditioning. I recognized that the reason I was pursuing the medical field was my desire to “heal” and to make a difference in someone’s quality of life, but that my talents and interests could heal in even bigger ways. Read more>>

Sharon Hess

Blending my business acumen and my innate understanding and study of Universal Laws and spiritual principles my greatest impact is to help people become the person they need to become in order to create the life and business that they want. Read more>>

Chloe Kepner

My name is Chloe, and I am on a mission to help my community of young mothers with their mental health. After battling postpartum mental illness for over six months, I realized that I needed help, or I would not make it through the deep waters I was stuck in. I am on a mission to destigmatize mental illness, by talking about therapy openly and sharing my highs and lows as a young mother. I have been diagnosed with depression as well as OCD. Read more>>

Alanah Chatham

Growing up, my best friend in elementary school would draw, and she was so good at it that I wanted to learn to draw myself. I started with simple sketches, self-taught and taking art classes in school. As I got older (and better), my uncle inspired me to find my own style and encouraged me to use art to work through emotions, problems and calm my mind. I’m so grateful to my teachers at New School for the Arts and Academics in Tempe, AZ where I attended high school. Having that opportunity allowed me to grow more as an artist, introduced me to new mediums and helped me to realize my potential as an artist. Read more>>

Abby Zufelt

It all started back in my college days. I studied journalism at Arizona State University and had dreams of becoming the next BIG-TIME news anchor. I started out with an emphasis in broadcast, but soon realized it might not be for me. I can trace it back to a specific moment: I was determined to do a story on the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix and was climbing up the staircase carrying a large news camera and a professional light kit. The stairs seemed endless, and I was drenched in sweat. Thankfully, my now-husband saved the day and came to help me carry all my equipment. Read more>>

Cami Covey-Doucet

I believe we all get started at birth and our journey is meant to mold and change us into being exactly what we design. I stand behind the ideology that our hearts desires are brought forward. I was raised in a conservative family with seven children where I was smack dab in the middle of five brothers and one sister. Read more>>

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