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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.

Kristina Karalexis

I guess it all began seven years ago when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease. Looking back I can tell you it was the day my life changed forever. It wasn’t as simple as “stop eating gluten and feel great. Read more>>

Tiffany Muller

My journey into being a Project Manager has been somewhat backwards. Before I knew Project Management was an actual career, I was already performing duties as one. Read more>>

Dr. Michelle Snow

I’m an Arizona native who grew up as an active kid, always in some sort of sport or outdoor adventuring. My passion for helping people and fascination of the human body led me to seek out a career in preventative medicine. I worked with a few Chiropractors in my college years and truly fell in love with it. Read more>>

Bev Pettit

I discovered my love for the camera after moving from Arizona to Hong Kong in 1991. I spent six years there working for a large American Investment bank with a lot of time off thanks to American, British and Chinese holidays, which there were many of. This gave me ample opportunity to wander around the villages and back alleys of China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Thailand. Read more>>

Marian Mitchell

My story begins with a desire to be thin and constantly restricting calories and exercising 2+ hours a day. I struggled with psoriasis, asthma, and debilitating migraines during this time as well. After college, I was on a quest to learn how to get truly healthy. To me, this meant not having to constantly track calories. Read more>>

Christa Melde

Just like how Western culture sees history in the framework of BCE and CE, I see my life split between two distinct time periods: before and after my rape. It’s an uncomfortable word: rape. It carries connotations of violence that even sometimes I, too, feel uncomfortable labeling my experience as. Read more>>

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