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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.

Lisa Fresa Palacios

I discovered the love for Hair art when I saw how helping woman feel good about themselves actually, in turn, made my day so much better! I have a special eye for detail, and I believe every girl is beautiful in their own way. Read more>>

Jennifer Walker

Based on my recent experiences, I’ve decided to take the plunge and start a website design business specifically targeting fledgling female entrepreneurs. I’m hoping to connect with them, hear their stories, and help them launch the next chapter of their lives. Read more>>

Bobbie Meola

I began my career as an administrative assistant since that was the only way I could hire. Thanks to some very great mentors, I became a financial advisor and have been fortunate enough to be in a leadership role throughout most of my career. Read more>>

Renee Wittrock

As the negativity swelled up in our conversation, we realized that this is NOT how we do things. We, as a family are positive thinkers and always move forward with positive momentum. We are about success and helping each other. That is when the Sportsmen’s Business Alliance became a reality. Read more>>

Dr. Brenda Combs Ambassador of Inspiration

Dr. Brenda shares her story with a variety of audiences. Her journey has received national coverage, including an article in Reader’s Digest, interviews on CNN News and NBC’s “Today Show” and interviewed on Oprah Radio on the “DNA Experience Show.” Read more>>

Tatum Snodgrass

My talent for writing and editing was revealed pretty early on in my life. My sixth grade English teacher — her name was Mrs. English — told my mom that I should be an editor. By the time I was in college, I could write entire essays in my head. Read more>>

Nadia Aidi

Food has always been a big part of my life. When I was about 6-7 years old, I’d invite my little friends to dinner and would make them my take on croque monsieurs (which was wonder bread, whatever cheese my mom had on hand, garlic salt and ham if I found it. Read more>>

Linda Torkelson

I started my career as a sports writer. After my children were born, I moved to write for magazines and doing a little PR, so I could be at home with them. Once they were older, I worked for nonprofits doing their events and fundraising. Read more>>

Tamara Parisio

Feeling unseen and unheard, in childhood, I loved to observe—watching scenarios and outcomes. I recognized that most people don’t listen, people have preconceptions, and they come to things with their own agendas that get in the way of understanding and thwart real possibility. Read more>>

Kate Thakkar

The Luxicon blog provides the modern woman with everything she needs to be the best version of herself. Luxicon is a play on the word ‘Lexicon’ meaning the vocabulary of a particular language. In this case, I’m defining womanhood through posts on styling clothing, beauty and motherhood. Read more>>


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