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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.

Jen Rogers and Lori Jung

Founded by consumer publicist Lori Jung and entertainment publicist and producer Jen Rogers in 2012, Hudson West is the public relations powerhouse behind some of the biggest lifestyle PR campaigns coast-to-coast. The bi-coastal firm, headquartered in Scottsdale with offices in New York, designs and executes effective targeted national and local publicity. Read more>>

Mae Nevarez

My story really begins in 2010. I had just graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Psychology. This was directly after the recession, and even though I had sent my resume to hundreds of places I got no offers. I ended up working gig jobs and scraping by. It was a tough time for myself and my then-boyfriend. Read more>>

Brook Sample

I grew up in a small town called Jones located in Oklahoma. I was raised by a mother who struggled with addiction and didn’t know my father until I was 14 years old. I found myself alone most of the time, or at a family member’s house be it my Grandparents or Uncles. Music quickly became my outlet in a broken home and what seemed to be my only constant. Read more>>

Dominique Morales

I am originally from Southern California but have resided in Arizona for the past 12 years. November 26, 2018, the Monday right after Thanksgiving Weekend, I was in an automobile accident that completely changed my life. The vehicle was driving the opposite direction as me and had taken a red traffic signal while failing to yield, causing me to T-bone them head-on. Read more>>

Zulema Maria Bossa Jattin

I grew up with my mother who’s a politician in Colombia and people always recognized me due to her, but I wanted more, I wanted to be known for who I am and for what I do as Zulema Bossa, not as my mother. Therefore, at the young age of four, I asked my mom to open me up to an Instagram account where people could discover who I really was. Read more>>

Ria Martinez

I remember graduating from my undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona with no idea of what I wanted to do with my life; all I knew is that I was good at talking and relating to all kinds of people. It was actually my parents who pushed me into getting a master’s degree in mental health counseling. I think they knew something I didn’t. Read more>>

Marian Mellen

Light. Free. Joyful. Alive. Vibrant. Real. Authentic. Mindful. Deep Peace. Loved. Supported. Aligned. Full. Whole. Understood. Creative. Felt. Seen. Heard. These words describe me I’ve come to know over the past decade. She has unraveled through pain, tears, confusion and gentle, tender self-love. She is the true essence of my soul and she knows the depths my spirit. Read more>>

Katrina Martinez

I grew up in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. I was fortunate enough to stay there and attend Northern Arizona University where I studied Accountancy at the College of Business. While at NAU, I interned with the National Park Service as part of their Administrative and Finance team. When I graduated from NAU, I moved down to Phoenix to explore the many opportunities it offers. Read more>>

India Purnell

Indi is a freelance fashion stylist and style blogger specializing in curating time capsule pieces, revamping closets, and personal shopping services. A native of Los Angeles, California, Indi received her undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Psychology as well as her Master degree in Social Work from Arizona State University. As a licensed professional. Read more>>

Amy Lee Gonzalez

As a child, my creativity was very much encouraged by my parents. My mom (a math whiz) and my dad (a musician) were extremely supportive in my love towards art. My niche turned out to be portraits, and after high school, I became a massage therapist to better understand anatomy and help others. In 2017, I painted my boyfriend’s dog and posted it. Read more>>

Britni Gallello

I knew I wanted to go into marketing from the time I was a freshman in high school. There was something glamorous and exciting about the creative process that drew me right in. I ended up at Arizona State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the WP Carey School of Business. I had a professor in college that told me what I have always learned and known to be true — it’s not always about what you know, but who. Read more>>

Ioana Oancea

Just imagine a young immigrant girl, alone and with less than $300 in borrowed money in her pocket. As she’s getting off the plane facing a completely new world, her mind is filled with so many dreams, so many hopes; but she has no knowledge of the language, the country and she’s barely strong enough to overcome her first doubts and fears. That young woman was me 15 years ago. Read more>>

Varsha Bhujang

I grew up in a family of engineers and doctors in India. There was a lot of focus on education and science was considered the only road to success. Very early in my life, I realized that my passion was art and not numbers. I felt the most comfortable in my art subjects. My parents were always very supportive of my interests and always encouraged me to build on what I liked. Read more>>

Richelle Ruckrich

I got started within the mortgage industry about eight years ago and found myself really enjoying my job. Helping people with a huge dream in their life making it into reality really provides the internal daily motivation. I finally decided that this year, I was turning 30 years old and I needed to build a future for myself and knew I could take the risk and operate my own brokerage. Read more>>

Lindsay Viker

Ever since I was little, I knew I would “grow up” to become a business owner. When I was in college, I started a fashion blog called Couture in the Suburbs and grew it to be one of the local authorities on fashion, food, and culture. Through that experience, I learned a ton and met incredible people including lifelong friends and my husband! When I decided to close the chapter on the blog, I started looking for my next adventure. Read more>>

Karen Hallam

I started designing jewelry when I was pregnant with my first son, Alister and I haven’t stopped. He is about to turn 26. My pieces are made in sterling silver and gold-plated silver. They are timeless and add a touch of style and personality to any outfit. Read more>>

Tiffany Boyer

Yoga became a consistent part of my life 10 years ago when I was going through life changes that seemed to require more than I had to give. Practicing Yoga helped me be in the moment, it gave me an escape from my tumultuous life and helped me build confidence. My practice made feel better about myself it made me want to take charge of my health and happiness. Read more>>

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