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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.

Michele Lough

When I was 16 years old and a sophomore in high school, I started a t-shirt line called Miss Styles Clothing. I had three different designs that I had printed from a local screen printing shop and started an online store. Read more>>

Desma Estrada

After I had my 3rd child, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and was placed on medication, this unfortunate news sent me into a little depression not wanting to be placed on another medication for the depression. Read more>>

Nichelle Garnes

My mom and I moved to Rancho Cucamonga, California when I was three years old because my parents divorced. I came from a family of athletes so my mom decided to enroll me in a track and field club at a local high school. Read more>>

Melanie Nicole

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawing in books, painting on the sides of my shelves, and taking sharpie markers to the walls of many of my childhood friends. Almost anything was my canvas. Read more>>

Carla Lee Martinez

Growing up in my parents store, I learned the good, the bad, and the ugly about owning a business. Over the years, I have had several businesses from medical billing to assisted living. Read more>>

Pam Zimmerman-Hopkins

Three things were true in my life; I was bored, thought everyone was watching and completely scared of failing. I was the lady with all the balls in the air that appeared effortless to orchestrate. Read more>>

Alex Longo

I was born and raised in Arizona. I went away for college and a couple of years for work but always knew I wanted to make it back to Phoenix and raise my family. My husband is from here too. We live in Arcadia and have two kids, Anthony (8) and Everette (6). Read more>>

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