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Trailblazers: Scottsdale

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 Scottsdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Devon Meyer

I got a degree in engineering so I could make a living and then a masters in sustainable development. Art never stopped being an integral part of my life, drawing, painting and taking classes. I quit work to raise my children and began painting more regularly. At first, I would paint insects because it was something that I could complete in a day. I then went on to paint native birds. Read more>>

Dr. Yasaman Tasalloti

As I was pursuing a career in psychology, I came across a book that completely changed my trajectory and exposed me to naturopathic medicine. After a bit of research, I made the move across the country to Arizona and attended the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. I’ve worked with different clinics since graduating and I currently have a practice in Scottsdale, AZ. Read more>>

Crystal Baus

My new lifestyle including nutrition, activity levels, and greatly how I handle stress has me on a healthy path for life. It is my goal and passion to educate and teach as many people as possible about incorporating healthy habits for life that will allow them to live longer and healthier lives. Read more>>

Seneca Goodman

Essential oils are absolutely amazing and work with the body wonderfully since they are natural and derived from plants. A fun fact about essential oils: Within in 22 sec. from inhaling them, they reach the limbic system of the brain, in 2 mins. they can be found in the bloodstream and within 20 mins. affect every cell of the body! They work fast! Depending on what health ailment your dealing with, there is a suggested oil to use. Read more>>

Teresa Breanne Cunningham

When I was 17, I was given my first film camera, I fell in love with every second spent in the dark room. It was here that my creative soul was born. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Education from Arizona State University. I became a Special Education Teacher but never stopped practicing my photography. Every summer, I traveled to places like Southeast Asia, Nepal, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Read more>>

Erika McChesney

Something clicked one day, and I had the urge to all of a sudden to create a blog. This was something at the time I really knew nothing about, and it was and still is an evolving journey! The beauty of having your own blog is that you can really share whatever you want and on your own time. The rest is history, and I couldn’t be happier about what I have created. Read more>>

AJ Johnson

Life there is at a much slower and simpler pace, but it definitely taught me the importance of hard work, patience, and dedication. Ironically, the tenants I took from life on the farm have built a far different existence here in Scottsdale, especially once I learned to add passion and desire to the cocktail. I think a lot of what got me to where I am today, and the largest commonality I found in my husband Steve, is a desire for more. Read more>>

Jane Frenkel

My husband is a real estate developer and about ten years ago he built a showpiece building on the Civic Center Park in downtown Scottsdale. It was rented briefly to a restaurant that didn’t survive the recession. We had to find a way to turn a lemon into lemonade, so we re-purposed the building and opened it as The Clayton on the Park, a private an event venue. It was a business that didn’t rely on street visibility, and that was the main factor in deciding to do it! Read more>>

Renee Michele Wells

I always had a passion for hair and makeup ever since I was a child. I got my education at Tony and guy in 2005 graduated from hair school. I found a passion for children’s hair and managed a child’s hair salon for a few years till they had to shut down then ended up getting my own salon suite with a partner. In that time, I got pregnant with my first child. Read more>>

Madison Murray

I never thought I would find something that could replace it and then I found fitness. I realized that I was not necessarily in love with dancing, but with movement. I always knew that dancing had an expiration date so I was ecstatic when I found something that could stay with me forever and that was movement and fitness. Read more>>

Ashley de Jesus

As her creative intern, I helped out in managing her social media accounts and personal blog in addition to helping out with photo shoots for the studio itself. This experience opened my eyes to an entirely new world of social media and influencer marketing and I was OBSESSED. This was the answer! Not long after that, I developed a real passion for content creation. Read more>>


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