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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.

Taryn Shank

I’m a Holistic Health coach with a passion for healing with food. After years of struggling with fad dieting, binge eating, and body image issues I discovered my love for nutrition and now I help women of all ages overcome binge and emotional eating. I help women find a balance that allows them to thrive for the rest of their lives. Read more>>

Lina Chehayeb

Once we were finally up and running I had to face multiple obstacles that took so much of my time and energy away from our brand new practice. They were not related to our business in any way but inevitably when your mind is stressing about something else, your head isn’t in the game and that affected our business and stunted our growth. Read more>>

Pam Rackey

One of the owners, Wendy and I decided to just open a cute little Suite salon where we didn’t have a lot of overhead so we could, you guessed it, go to work because we love it and not because we had to. It’s right in Old Town so we are in the best location and I absolutely love going to work every single day now… on my terms. Read more>>

Jodi Stokes

I worked on the project for about six months and for several reasons ended up going my own direction opening my own gym Goddess Fit. Az’s only Women’s Full-Service Gym. I was so blessed to own and operate my own gym for about 3 years and recently expanded to Jodi Stokes Fitness where I now go mobile and can work with my clients in the water. Read more>>

Maureen Rischard Rn CMLT

I earned my wings as a hospital nurse in Post Partum/women’s health and ER. I learned so much, met amazing people and was honored to care for patients. With a business background, I also saw the opportunity in aesthetics and I dove in! This was 2006 and there wasn’t much in education/training in injectables so I did my research online and looked for every educational opportunity available. Read more>>

Bethanie Stephens

When women know how to create a healthy lifestyle, lose fat, build muscle and increase their energy and overall well being they become unstoppable. It is my goal and mission to help as many women achieve this as possible, that way THEY can spread their own goodness out into the world. Read more>>

Hevin Zaza

I enjoy sharing my experience to help women of all ages achieve their best by creating beauty and fashion related content on all of my social media platforms. I put in a lot of hours in creating content, but it’s so worth it. If I can reach some women and help them feel more confident, then I am truly happy. Read more>>

Danielle Ganon

Although I call Arizona my home, I’ve only lived here for slightly over a decade. My story started in the Philippines where I was born and raised until I was about ten years old. When I look back on my life, I see it divided by the airplane ride from the Philippines to the United States (and a layover in Japan). I then spent the rest of my childhood years in Glendale, Arizona. Read more>>

Abbie Major

I am a very passionate Holistic Esthetician and skin coach. I’m obsessed with I do! It means everything to me. I created my own holistic skin care business about nine years ago based on an approach that I firmly believe in and am very passionate about. My “holistic wellness meets proven science” approach revolves around identifying and addressing my client’s own individual skin care needs. Read more>>

Mystalla “Mystey” Helm

The distillery I get to work, at which I mentioned above, is just an absolute joy! I get to work for two best friends who fulfilled their dreams of making really good bourbon! Keith and Steve have made me part of their family and getting to serve our regulars here in Cave Creek have been a lot like being in an episode of Cheers. Read more>>

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