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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.

Megan Rigby

Balance is a key component in this lifestyle, which took me a few years to figure out, but it happened and I love it! Food, fitness and health are true passions of mine and I love having the ability to share this with others. Read more>>

Lily Cooper

I realized I really loved the marketing aspect of it as well and have used the knowledge I gained through Bloguettes, and events I attended to build my following and market myself. Read more>>

Ashley Yazzie-Ward

Remember the last time you desperately needed a thoughtful present for the strong female lead in your life? You resolved to shop online to save time, and found TOO MANY options-then totally didn’t make a purchase. Read more>>

Liz Johnson

I wrote my first short story when I was seven and signed my first book contract when I was 27. In those years I kept writing and writing. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve, and it was a terrible western romance. Read more>>

Hannah Bridge

I have always had a love for fashion and clothes ever since I was a little girl. I had dreams of moving to New York and working for a big brand fashion company like Chanel or Louis Vuitton. Read more>>

Jenna Thompson

I have been doing hair now for 15 years, and makeup for 12. I have a husband and two beautiful children. I love what I do. It’s a fantastic creative environment, and I’m thankful for my journey. Read more>>

Réka Vicsacsán-Nagy

A Hungarian in the desert, wanting to make a change. Was it a coincidence, faith, act of God that I ended up in this city? We will probably never find that out. Read more>>

Valeria Fuerte

I am a lover of beauty … everything that involves the make up and beauty world. I been doing makeup for 9 years and worked for cosmetic lines. Read more>>

Rachel Eskandari

Photography was too stressful for me, too many parts. With painting, its me, my canvas, my brushes and my paints. Painting is mobile and it has allowed me to throw my emotions onto a canvas in a tactile manner. Read more>>

brandi howell

I was determined to be at home with my kids more and still try to build them a legacy of my own. i appreciated the work i had before, but building cornerstones for somebody else’s dream didn’t sit right with my spirit. Read more>>

April Schaffroth

After college at ASU, I found my niche in sales and quickly moved my way up in the corporate world. As much as I loved working and learning with others in a company, I knew I wanted to have my own business. Read more>>

Gia Gerardo

I’ve been a personal trainer for over 10 years. And I purposely quit my one on one personal training business so that I could focus on my acting career. I now only do online fitness. Read more>>

Colleen McClure

Here at Achieve we are a CoolSculpting only boutique which allows us to perfect our craft. I was so passionate about Achieve as well as how well CoolSculpting works that we decided to keep it a family owned business so the passion remains in every aspect of the company. Read more>>

Gina Quinn

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. As a college graduate with a Business Degree, I tested the waters of the corporate world and quickly realized that business suits, structure and cubicles weren’t a good fit for me. Read more>>

Christina Lee

Christina La’Shaé loved rummaging through the closets of her mother and grandmother to see what treasures she could find to play dress up in around the house. Read more>>

Jami Throne

I’ll never forget how excited I felt when I made a GF cake for some friends and they had no clue that it was gluten free. They were raving about how delicious it was and were totally shocked when I told them it was GF and Vegan! Read more>>

Madeline Barker

I left my full time job as a stylist in someone else salon to set up my own home salon and freelancing/mobile service. I also wanted to pursue a career in session styling which i am still working on but no doubt i will get there in the end. Read more>>

Natasha Beal

My involvement in publishing has really come full circle over the years. In college, I was the Copy Editor of my school newspaper and hoped to make a career of it one day. Read more>>

Cassie Hepler

I began writing as soon as I could write. My mom likes to tell me how in third grade I would write plays, act on them and direct them. I guess it’s been in my blood since birth. I also loved writing poetry, journaling… Read more>>


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