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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.

Joslyn Kramer

When I was in high school, I started my blog, Desert Bloomed, but after a few months decided to delete it. I just didn’t think people would care about what I had to say and it felt vain sharing my life with others. Now, so many years later it’s been a creative outlet for me and a fun and sometimes lucrative, way to spend my time. Read more>>

Lauren Beglin

I first picked up a camera over ten years ago in the hopes to find a way to let my creativity fly all the while with the ability to stop time. After my first son was born and the sudden loss of my father I realized that photography was exactly what I was meant to do. Read more>>

Mai Le

After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Business Retail Management, I took on a management position in banking for a few years. In 2012, I came across reading on an article about a young woman entrepreneur who quit her finance job to do eyelash extensions. The idea struck me right away. Read more>>

Miranda Lee

I started this blog for women like myself. Women who felt different, lived outside of the box, desired to be heard and raise the vibration of those around them. I talk openly about my past and current relationships, hardships, life tips and my journey with yoga. My intention with blogging was to share my experiences with the world to normalize stigmas and grow awareness of lifestyle options. Read more>>

Claire Longfellow

In 2015, my world was flipped upside down when I became a victim of sexual assault. My identity was lost, worth slipped out from under me and motivation for life went out the window. I had officially hit rock bottom. As I began to dig deep into the recovery process and really get to know myself, I thought that I needed a creative outlet to get my mind off things and hopefully inspire other women. Read more>>

Kimberly Burke

I grew up in the midwest, Northwest Indiana to be exact. Right out of high school, I packed up my car and moved to Scottsdale, where I lived for 9 years. I fell in love with Arizona, the hiking trails, bike paths, just so much to do! However, I was ALWAYS tired, had health issues and had put on weight. Read more>>

Lisa Klauka

I started the company in 2005 when I was just 20 years old. I knew I wanted to work with animals, and pet sitting was a perfect fit. I love pets and I love people and my business has allowed me to work with both. I have currently had over 13 wonderful years serving my clients and their fur babies and I love it! Read more>>

April Curtis

I have always loved animals but was working full time in the insurance industry. I then started working part-time doing overnights for a couple of other pet sitting businesses. I realized I had found my passion. With their help, I started my own business an slowly built up my clientele. Read more>>

Geoff Rubin

Geoffs’ passion to launch Fitness Propelled came after five years of working as a Physical Education teacher for K-12th graders on the Autism Spectrum. With a desire to reach more individuals and spread his love for health and fitness, Fitness Propelled was launched in October 2010. Read more>>

Tristan Thibodeau, MS, INHC

I want everyone to know that they can be their own doctor and heal themselves from whatever ails them, and it takes strength and trust in yourself to transform your life, but it is completely possible. By working with others in a Health Coaching relationship, I see them transform right before my eyes. Sometimes all we need is support and encouragement from someone we trust, and it is an honor to serve as that being for others! Read more>>

Rachel Haimowitz

I don’t think I could ever be one to have a 9-5 office job. Although I will say that running an entrepreneurial creative business is a lot more work than I imagined in the beginning, and something that a lot of people don’t realize. Not only am I the one that shows up on your wedding day, I’m also the appointment scheduler, phone receptionist, emailer, social media manager, website developer and head of the marketing department. But, I love it and I wouldn’t have my business any other way. Read more>>

Marci Symington

Writing about the joy that surrounds a memorable meal and the people behind the creation of these experiences has helped me work through the sadness and grief. As a result, I am on a daily discovery of the world around me, of what makes Phoenix and the great state of Arizona so great. Read more>>

Linda Blumel

Although I received a BFA in Ceramics, while in college, I worked at a custom jewelry store and realized that creating jewelry was what I really wanted to do. The skills I acquired by attending numerous classes and workshops combined with the invaluable experience I received at the store, I have developed my own signature style using sterling silver, gold and a rather large collection of stones. Read more>>

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