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Trailblazers: Surprise

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 Surprise that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Cherish Page

I am currently a retail manager who runs her own blog. If I had to say I specialized in anything, it would be in intrapersonal communication. This is an all-encompassing skill; I use it at work every day when I give feedback and coach my associates or when I create connections to elevate a sale. I also use intrapersonal communication every time I log in to an app or begin writing a new post for my blog. Read more>>

Jenna Reily

I inspire not only my daughters, but other women to take a big look in the mirror and remain honest to not only what they are struggling with, but with what brings them joy and fulfillment. With social media and the highlight reel being spewed through everyone’s phones these days, there isn’t a more crucial time to be sharing the “unsugarcoated” realness of life. Read more>>

Heather Starr

I worked for a Fast Food chain as a Training District Manager for years and had always thought about going back to school. Originally, I wanted to go for only makeup, but after touring a local Aesthetics School, I decided to do skin and makeup! School was rewarding, and it helped me to figure out my true passion, Lashes! Originally, lashes were not what was on the plan to do. Read more>>

Meghan Blanchard

I went through the process of becoming certified as a Mind and Body Eating coach through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, healed my relationship with food and my body, and now, I am helping other women do the same; more particularly, women who are also healers in the health and wellness world. Read more>>

Victoria Wolf

There have been tough days where I wondered if I should just quit and move on. But I remembered how far I had come, and there’s no better feeling than getting a challenge thrown at you and conquering it! Remember that gradual progress is still progress. Read more>>

Jessica Maddela

I feel as if the Instagram world depicts people to be always picture ready, always put together and more or less always perfect. Although in the back of our mind’s, we know this isn’t reality. I always have a little piece of me that says, “gosh, his/her life looks perfect.” For me, breaking into the Instagram/blogger world was more or less, an accident? I had gone through my first break up and I honestly was trying to just make myself feel better. Photography has always been an outlet for me but when you’re wallowing in bed, crying into your ice cream to make it a little salty and sweet, you don’t exactly want to photograph the event. Read more>>

Samantha Cruz

Have you ever woke up one day and decided that you wanted to change your career? That is exactly what happened to me. In 2009, I became an esthetician and didn’t immediately go to work as one, because we were in the middle of a recession. Read more>>

Susan Gladstein

I believe it’s my calling – and privilege – to help others discover, embrace and cultivate warrior within. Feeling healthy, strong, and confident is the fuel that empowers us to live our best lives. Read more>>

Jess Legaspi

When I first started, I photographed anything; maternity, babies, weddings, special events – whatever I could get my lens on! I was learning, experimenting, and having fun. I learned very quickly that the moms, the women, the girls hated being in front of the camera. Read more>>

Carly Casoria

Sky and Arrow was founded with the principal that raising the next generation with a passion to give back We overwhelming wanted to live our days and lives sharing a strong sense of purpose and passion together and with our children. Read more>>

Ali Mathers

In my mid 20s I learned about “Pinterest” and I became infatuated with all DIY projects. My projects started small and most were things for my home, but then I decided to make a wood sign for a bridal shower. Read more>>

Bridget Foster

Grungy Galz is a family owned business located in Goodyear, AZ. Owned by my husband Jeremy Foster and I, along with help from our daughter Trinity Foster. We specialize in salvaging old furniture and rejuvenating junk! Read more>>

Danielle Grandy

I have wanted to be a hairstylist since I was a very little girl, I would cut my dolls hair and that quickly escalated into friends hair in my high school years. Read more>>

Kalie Hind

My aunt whom I also work with now inspired me while I was in high school to try out beauty school so I went while I was in school through a program called West-Mec. Read more>>

Daniella Murphy and Amanda Beda

With four young children between them, Amanda Beda and Daniella Murphy are passionate about helping other moms discover what’s great about raising kids in the High Country. They are striving to make Flagstaff Moms Blog the “one stop shop” for resources, community guides, events and inspiration. Read more>>

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