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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.

Kirsten Ortez

While I don’t see myself taking this full time, I love having the opportunity to share advice and more of my story with a diverse audience of women. Even though my blog kind of grew out of nowhere, it’s helped me connect with so many amazing women. Read more>>

Kat Ku

About five years in, my business had grown to the point where I needed to decide to go all in, or not do it at all. Every time I thought about making the leap, I’d be on the verge of a panic attack, but I knew deep down this was something that I needed to do. Read more>>

Danielle Sanders

My best friend and I started a blog and Instagram account because we were overwhelmed by all the perfectly staged mom accounts, and hoping that we could connect with other moms and parents in a more relatable way. I have a culinary background, having gone to culinary school, worked at a culinary school, and owned a small meal prep business. Read more>>

Chrissy Pacheco

I regularly had patients who needed someone to take them home from surgery and to care for them because they either had no family or they were traveling from out of town and were alone. I started researching concierge nursing services and found that, surprisingly enough, this was almost an untouched market. I slowly decreased my hours at work and started to build my concept and business plan into what it is today. Read more>>

Anita Lang

My passion and the driving philosophy of our firm is the belief that beauty has a profound effect on the human spirit, and we have the responsibility to use our craft to elevate our clients’ lives with compelling, nurturing and meaningful design. Read more>>

Presli Keith

I have had a genuine passion for writing since I was able to formulate full sentences. I have an entire hope chest full of journals documenting my life from the third grade all the way through college. Writing has been my escape and outlet through so many experiences, the highs and lows, the milestones and the memories of my life. Read more>>

Adriana Sfarcioc

If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Make goals, chase your dreams, make lists, and start focusing on what’s most important first. Take it day by day, step by step. Also, do not do this alone. Be surrounded by others who will encourage you. Read more>>

Talia Lavor

I knew, without a doubt, that I was destined to practice in Women’s Health. I was always blown away by the strength and tenacity of women, and loved the variety as well as the ability to establish and nurture long-term relationships with my patients. Read more>>

Sophie Najarian

I will never forget the excitement and energy of getting on the small plane to Bakersfield with what looked like a lot of families and farmers and asking the people around me what Bakersfield was like. They all joked around about how different it was from the very large city of Phoenix and the beautiful resort town of Scottsdale I was accustomed to. Read more>>

Lara Rosenberg

Lara began her journey of self-discovery and recovery in 1994 when she was formally introduced to the healing practices of yoga. Lara initiated her career in business development at The Meadows in 1998 when she began deepening her practice of yoga. In 2001, Lara completed her first yoga teacher training and has continued learning. Read more>>

Ryen Eveld

Throughout my life, I have expressed creativity in all outlets, dance, cooking, art, and writing. Two years ago, I decided to take all aspects of my creative side and start a fashion & lifestyle blog titled Collateral Beauty. This is where I share styling tips and bring awareness to brands across the world. Read more>>


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