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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.

Soyoung Lim

But if you want the long answer, I always had a desire to make clothes. Remember in Disney’s Cinderella when the mice would repurpose Cinderella’s mother’s dress to make it into a ball gown? I loved that movie, and that scene so much I know for a fact my parents got sick of hearing it over and over again. Read more>>

Jennifer Lind Schutsky

My story starts way back in second grade when I would skip lunch recess to go into the art room to paint. It’s one of the few memories strong from my childhood. I loved drawing and painting, but as I got older, I started believing the lies of the starving artist, and scarcity mindset set in. Read more>>

Marielle Arias

I grew up in a small town, people there expect you to get married and have babies young. I knew that life wasn’t for me. I wanted to travel the world, I wanted to do bigger things. My moving to Tucson was me coming to the “big city.” I met my fiancé in the first year I was here. Read more>>

Nikki Shaffer

I have always had a love for event planning and first became involved in the industry in my early 20’s. I handled the logistics of several festivals and large events in town. Once I had experience under my belt, I was ready to build my career with a business that I could truly call home. Read more>>

Windy Lynn Harris

I’m the author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published and the founder of Market Coaching for Creative Writers, a mentoring program that helps writers place their short works in magazines. Read more>>

Jaclyn Villalobos

I grew up with my mother being a hair dresser, so I have always been surrounded by the beauty industry. In 2008 I moved to Gig Harbor, WA where I worked for Julep Nail Parlor and became close with their head aesthetician, Lisa, and was brought into a whole new side of the beauty industry. Read more>>

Kylie Durkin

Modern Manor started shortly after my husband and I got married. In decorating and furnishing our first condo, we both loved going to estate sales and auctions to find our furniture and decor, rather than just shopping at IKEA. Read more>>

Tillema Morgan

think my family thought I was crazy. In what seems like fate, in August 2017, we saw a screenprinting machine and other equipment for sale on a Facebook garage sale site. We took the plunge, and after a couple of months of prep time, we opened in October 2017! Read more>>

Tracey Beal, Jill Hicks, Nicki Piemonte, Kit Danley and Jennifer Johnson

Pure Heart Church is joining faith communities around Phoenix to receive training in Trauma Informed Care so that they can better meet the needs of students and families who are in crisis. They have also trained chaplains to serve schools in the Washington Elementary District. Read more>>

Anna Questerly

Ever since I’d read The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien I’ve wanted to be a writer. That was in sixth grade — thirty years later, I finally completed my first novel, The Minstrel’s Tale. Since then, The Minstrel’s Tale had become a trilogy. Read more>>

Chelsea Wine Bar

After attending Grand Canyon University in my undergrad and then Biola University in La Mirada, CA for my Master’s degree, I knew I wanted to impact the lives of students and young adults. I taught full time for almost two decades, but then landed what I consider to be my dream job. Read more>>

Joanna de’Shay

It’s 7:30 a.m. on a typical Monday and I am sitting in my car in the parking lot trying to psych myself up to go into my very good paying job. I am tired as I had been up all night sewing at my night job which pays absolutely nothing! Read more>>

stephanie coulston

Running a business always has challenges, I think if you are passionate about what you do it will be successful. Don’t give up on your idea. People always point out that I have run a business for 10 years, I am grateful for the opportunity but I never consider myself an expert. Read more>>

Leeann Phillips

I have always had an artistic side, even as a child. I started back in 2010 working on short films doing special effects makeup and hair in Southern California. I ended up landing my dream job with Knott’s Berry Farm as a makeup artist for their yearly Halloween event. Read more>>

Gaybrielle LeAnn Gant

Who Am I, well… I am a little Black girl from Phoenix, Arizona. I  am an  Influencer, Entrepreneur, Innovative Leader, Courageous Speaker, and Event Curator. I am the CEO Dream Māvyn LLC., Founder of She is Infinite, Curator of Black Girl Dreaming, Creator Black Girls Brunch PHX, and Co-Founder of Black Girl Thrive. Read more>>

Julie Heisey

Imagery has always been important to me. As a child with 35 mm film cameras, a teenager with a pocket sized digital camera and as an adult with DSLR equipment, I’ve always tried to keep a camera in my hand. Read more>>

Rudri Patel

As a young girl, I loved visiting the library, spending hours perusing the shelves, stacking my book pile so high, I’d barely make it to the car. I’d read late into the night copying memorable quotes in a journal. Read more>>


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