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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.

Moniek James

Renegade Creative Media Group was birthed from my other business, The Confetti Collective. I started TCC as a blog in 2013 after relocating to Arizona due to my husband’s military service. My hobby blog became a lifestyle platform with an ecommerce store and hosts events within two years. Read more>>

Kenn Sosa

I was very excited and nervous as I had never modeled before. And since that shoot, I have been working with her since. We later decided she was going to be my manager and she has been leading to better opportunities. Read more>>

Briana Simpson

Growing up with six brothers and sisters was always an adventure, and there never seemed to be a dull moment. Although the household seemed to be in constant motion, I found peace when sitting next to my mom while she talked on the phone, watching her doodle in her phone book. Read more>>

Mia Koehne

Music has always been in the backdrop of my life, but it wasn’t until I came through the many struggles, brokenness and hurts of not understanding my beautiful identity that the Lord began to use music as my calling and my livelihood. Read more>>

Dennae Pierre

Surge is dedicated to doing whatever we can to help every person who comes to church love God more deeply as they grow in loving their neighbor and we can’t do this as individuals or even just one type of church, but our individual church members have to be connected to something. Read more>>

Janice Story

For the first time in my life, I had to accept the fact that I needed help, and I had to learn that it was ok to ask for it and receive it. With the amazing support of some wonderful teachers, I started on a journey of healing my own past traumas one at a time. Read more>>

Gemma Thomas

My job is more heartwarming and rewarding than anything I ever envisioned when I set out to “be a doctor when I grow up.” And as for your question about getting where I am today? Well, it took a village. Read more>>

Dana Rideout

I’ve always had an interest in making things, and it all started when my daughter turned one. I decided I was going to make some of the banners and birthday decor for her party. A friend of mine had a Cricut, but I had no idea what it was or how it worked. Read more>>

Rachel Vague

I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I was blessed to be able to model in NY, LA, Mexico, and even lived in China for a while. At 24 I decided to start coaching models and acting as a consultant for designers and photographers. Read more>>

Yvonne Rodriguez

I started doing nails at home as just a hobby. Having my family and friends come so I could practice on them and see what I could come up with. As time passed, I noticed that nails were all I could think about. Getting better was something I kept striving for! Read more>>

Evelyn Nava

On my Instagram, I show a lot of the struggles that I went through while going to school. I try and be as motivational as possible. I moved to Arizona, bought a home and now showing people my family on my YouTube channel. Read more>>

Danielle Bryant

I have ran through several chapters of life, but all those closed chapters have truly helped me identify with the person I am suppose to be. It was my first chapter where my athleticism taught me about discipline, commitment, and hard work. Read more>>

Grizelle Novak

I have always considered myself to be a creative person, and honestly, I owe it all to MS Paint. I’ve been in front of the computer since I was 5, whenever its “bring your kids to work day”, which for my Mom, is the entire summer. Read more>>

Kimberly C. Kur, J.D., CAP

My thinking at the outset was that I would seek a law degree, but I didn’t really have a particular passion for practicing law. Living in West Philadelphia, as a college student, exposed me to the realities of homelessness and poverty that I had been sheltered from prior to attending college. Read more>>


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