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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.

Lindsay Persons and Jennifer Cluff

After admiring the talent  their community, they decided to hold a “small get-together” where the community could shop from these small businesses. This small get-together (also known as Sweet to the Soul Boutique) started in 2015 in an elementary school cafeteria. The boutique was so well loved, we quickly expanded to a high school and sold out of booth spaces there as well. Sweet to the Soul is now held at Peoria Sports Complex with over 250 vendors and 4.5k shoppers! Read more>>

Allie Zeable

I have always loved making memories with photos, so getting this new fancy camera was a big deal and I was SO EXCITED! I started taking photos in auto and love the photos I captured, but I wanted to learn more and get good crisp photos with consistency! I wanted to get educated and learn! Read more>>

Melissa Kim Corter

I’m honored to use my unique abilities to feel into the human nervous system and work with people to release blockages. They then begin to manifest their desires and release unhealthy patterns. This may or may not include releasing vows of poverty, rewriting sacred soul contracts, easing physical pain/discomfort. Read more>>

Cindy Martel – Brown

My journey to becoming an entrepreneur started years back realizing “I can do this on my own and someday I might just do that!” I have been in the insurance industry for 18 years and have had my own profitable independent insurance agency for the last four 1/2 years. Read more>>

Christin Kless

I had so many cameras as a kid it seemed. LeClic, Vivitar, you name it. I loved capturing moments from as long back as I can remember. I come from a long line of photographers, my grandma, my aunt, my dad, my brother. Only in the last few years did I start to get really serious about it. Read more>>

Stephanie Daniel

I’m a career changer. After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2004, and having a total thyroidectomy and radiation treatment, I was encouraged to apply for medical school by my doctor. I had gone through several jobs over the years that I didn’t like and weren’t fulfilling. Read more>>

Brandee Blodgett

I started this amazing brow journey in 2015, I was in a job that was slowly eating me alive inside and I was desperate for a change. I am someone who came from nothing, grew up in section 8/welfare and didn’t really ever have any dreams because anything outside basic 9-5 or sacrificing self-worth seemed too far-fetched. Read more>>

Lindsay Taylor

I’ve always been a people person, I truly love making people feel good about themselves so doing hair seemed natural.. it hasn’t always been easy but every day, I walk through my salon doors and start my day with my incredible clients/friends it makes every struggle worth it. Read more>>

Laura McCumber

I am an Arizona native and my passion for photography began in school, where I learned the craft. Another passion for me is traveling. I was inspired by Jack Kerouac to go out adventuring “on the road.” I always had my camera with me. Read more>>

Kellie Chambers

I have always been interested in art, but I didn’t see my potential with it until my junior and senior year of high school. I took all of the art classes my high school offered and created a portfolio that got me a full scholarship for an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design. Read more>>

Courtney Anderson

I am proud of our work in the community but also extremely proud of our educational programs and events. I come from an incredibly creative family and I never knew my gift until having the opportunity to work as the community outreach and event coordinator for Lost Paws/AZK9. Read more>>

Robyn Halperin

I’ve always been obsessed with decorating and unique home décor that is stylish and functional. You can say that decorating has always been in my blood. My personal home decorating style definitely leans towards casual, comfortable California vibe. Read more>>

Alison L Miller

I invite those I meet along the way to write a message of Love on my trailer, to write the names of their loved ones who have died, to write their names… because it is all about the Love. That is the only thing that I know to be true, since Chuck’s death. Read more>>

Kate Shipp

I preferred to work out in a gym or outdoors. I thought yoga would be simple, easy, and something I could do from time to time. After my first class, I was hooked. Not only did I feel a new sense of strength, I felt an incredible sense of peace and calm unlike anything I ever felt in the past. Read more>>


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