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.
Life does not always turn out the way we imagine. After being an insurance agent, teacher, and graduate student, I decided to leave the workforce and be a stay-at-home mom. I expected to be out of the workforce for a total of five years. Read more>>
Photography remained just a hobby until I started working at Disneyland as a Photo Pass Photographer. It was there I learned the world of digital photography and really learned how to be efficient in shooting. Read more>>
Growing up during the film era, I really had the opportunity to explore photography. I remember my parents always having a 35mm camera on hand, documenting our lives — everything from making messes at home, to traveling and going on road trips. Read more>>
Erin La Grassa
I help my husband operate a big business called Classic Corner Garage, a classic car restoration shop and dealership, I organize and run the Ski Pro Pro Rider Rail Jam every year and I am planning and developing an event with my mom’s business called FitnessFest Unplugged which debuts in January 2019. Read more>>
Susan Whetten Udall
My story started in 1961 when I was born to an immigrant father from Mexico, an entrepreneur who was able to realize the ‘American Dream’ and mother, an educator and lifelong learner. Read more>>
Anika Robinson, Susan Woodruff and Angela Teachout
Meet the ASA Now Founders: Anika Robinson, Susan Woodruff and Angela Teachout (ASA). Three seasoned foster adoptive moms, who recognized a huge need in the community. Instead of complaining about the issues they faced, they did something about it. Read more>>
I feel that the simplest things found such as pebbles, wood, repurposed metal items, seashells, sea glass, and sea pottery can tell a “story”. Each story is as unique as the people that hang the art on their walls. Read more>>
We diversified our farm to offer vegetables and flowers in addition to mushrooms and also began to manage an orchard nearby. Each year we have been growing our business and trying out new things to see what works best on the farm. Read more>>
I have always had a love for baking. My very first job was in a local bakery, where I was able to watch the baker every morning when I came into work. Being very young and inquisitive, I would ask lots of questions. Read more>>
To me, blogging is a very creative process. I love taking a concept for a post from just an idea, all the way to reality. Pairing outfits, playing with makeup, writing quality posts, and collaborating with photographers are all some of my favorite pastimes! Read more>>