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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.

Elisa Valdes

You don’t have to present yourself as a brand, designer or as a human coat hanger, you present yourself as you, and it can’t get any more authentic than that. Today, I hope to use my vivid imagery to embrace, inspire, and encourage other women. Read more>>

Ruby Farias

As I was doing my art, I worked in retail but I found the long hours to be impeding my evenings when I was still in the fashion industry, creating and organizing fashion shows, so I decided to get a ‘day job’. I found myself in the banking industry and quickly strived to advance in my career. Read more>>

Melany Berger

In LA, I had the opportunity to work in Marketing and Promotions with numerous high profile tours. I saw the change shifting in music to online media and enjoyed learning about social media. After suffering a few personal hardships, I wanted a change. Read more>>

Shelley Franklin

My love for photography started when I was just a child growing up in rural Iowa and continued through High School where I learned Photography and how to develop film and worked on the yearbook staff. Read more>>

Vicki Mayo

Entrepreneurialism is in my blood. My dad and all of my uncles lived the “American Dream” by immigrating from India and growing successful businesses over the course of their lifetime. Read more>>

Amanda Bland

As far as I can remember, I always had a love for makeup. In 2009, I decided to attend SWINA, a natural aesthetics and laser tech institution. Here is where I learned about different skin types and regiments (according to what their problem areas were). Read more>> 

Madelyn Stewart

more time I spent at shoots or events, and the more I saw incredible art that I created with a team, I started to realize how much I love modelling. I can truly say that it’s become a passion of mine! Read more>>

Jessica Noble

Well, escrow and real estate was all I had known for my working career life, so I was stuck as to what to do. Then, a blessing came along. I had a real estate agent that was a past client that was looking for an assistant. He approached me and asked if I would be interested. Read more>>

Janey Mack

A television editor transitioned into stay-at-home mom of two, I finally got rid of the crib, the playpen, the baby clothes and toys, and got into the best shape of my life as I geared up to re-join the workforce. Then… surprise. Read more>>

Ashley Acker

As a young girl, I have always enjoyed art. I had a way of expressing my self in an exuberant way. From singing for hours on end to cutting off all my Barbies hair. As I came close to graduation from high school, I knew that I needed to continue my love for art. Read more>>


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