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Trailblazers: Phoenix

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

Zuzanna Czerny

I was lucky enough to score a fantastic job, and I started working full time for a consulting company. After a few months, I began to question adulting. I saw my friends and coworkers become zombies. They would go to work at the same time every day and then return home to Netflix and a simple meal. Read more>>

Megan Shumway

I’ve always loved the idea of preserving family history. I think it’s fun to look back on my grandparent’s pictures and mementos. I offer family portraits, couple portraits, and anything else. Lots of these hang in homes or offices for friends and family to admire. Read more>>

Ryan L. Jenkins

The next four years I would discover who I was and that I had so many people supporting I could no longer believe I wasn’t capable, attractive, or worthy of being an actress. I chose to believe in my talents and the skills I’d learned and became driven to share them on stage and off. Read more>>

Jennifer Miraval

I grew up not afraid of the world. Performing for my family and friends. I came alive through art, music, and dance. I used my hands to create anything and everything I could. I became obsessed with singing to the point that I almost damaged my vocal chords for singing too much, and music became my passion. Read more>>

Pamela Sandberg

I am proud of the vision that I offer my clients. It can be hard to see the potential in an old, run-down home. I help my clients envision beautiful renovations and functionality. I also help them put together creative financing and legal solutions to put together deals that work for them. This opens the door for much more fun, exciting possibilities. Read more>>

Leeanna Ruiz

The day after I left cosmetology school, I started a job as a receptionist and I was there for three years. Transitioning from receptionist to a stylist. However, it wasn’t easy and, of course, it was challenging at the beginning, but then, I got a little steady and eventually pretty busy. Read more>>

Crystal Alegria

Don’t let anything or anyone stop you from achieving your goals. Every day, wake up and realize that you have the control to change your mind from negative to positive. Remember to speak nothing but positive into existence. Read more>>

Chelsea Weiss

Working a full-time job and starting my own business was the ultimate test for me. I planned on working my corporate 8 AM – 5 PM job for the first year while running COCO GLOW Spray Tan Co in the evening. The universe had other plans though. After three months, the stress level was increasing. Read more>>

Christina Rohde

Our advice for women that are wanting to start an online business is to do as much research as you can to make an informed decision on the key pieces needed to create and run your business. While it might take more time than you thought, hang in there because it is worth it. Read more>>

Teri Crenshaw

I was an Entrepreneur in the Health and Fitness industry for 20 years. After completing my degrees in Nutrition and Exercise Science, I worked at a hospital-owned fitness center as a Nutritionist and Personal Trainer for two years before stepping out on my own. Read more>>

Erica Medellin Sanchez|

A piece of advice I’d give to young women or anyone beginning their entrepreneur journey is to invest time into personal development because when you become rich in the mind, the money will follow. When you focus on becoming the best version of yourself in what you do, the success will come. Read more>>

Jasmine Box

I didn’t own a sewing machine, so my sewing in high school was short-lived but was a pillar in disguise. At the time, I had no idea how fundamental that class would be in helping me build confidence, to get to where I am today. Read more>>

Catie Menke

I moved to Phoenix six years ago (which is crazy to think about now) to go back to school for Graphic Design and to pursue my dance career. I was lucky enough to have danced for the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders for three seasons. After retiring, I truly missed being a part of a team. Read more>>

April Smith

I have always loved marketing and design, so this side job really merged all of my passions. 2014 was the first year I made the same selling lesson plans as I did teaching, and it just kept growing. I left teaching in 2016 and began working on my “side” business full time. Read more>>


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