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Trailblazers: Peoria

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

Alexa Ooley

I have always dreamed of being a self-sustainable artist selling goods to locals, small shops and/or at farmers markets. However, yeah gal cannot draw a straight line or paint a circle, so I steered towards textiles. I tried to force knitting on myself for a while and even thought about learning how to crochet, but it never really clicked. Then one day, I was soul-searching in the yarn section at Joann’s when I first discovered weaving. Read more>>

Melissa Lee, Linda Rudd

Remaining true to our original vision, we have developed a homeopathic occupational and physical therapy outpatient clinic that specializes in the treatment of pelvic and core instability, pain, injury and weakness. We carefully chose all-natural, drug-free solutions, advanced therapeutic techniques and revolutionary modalities that are designed to facilitate the body’s own healing power and provide quick, long-lasting relief. Read more>>

Lisa Kiorkis

In 2002 I had just moved to Phoenix and just a couple short years later I decided to start hair school. After begging my twin sister, who was already licensed in Chicago, to join me here in Arizona, she finally moved and we opened up shop right before I got my license.  Read more>>

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