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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.

Beth Ann Stockton

I am a hard worker and have lots of energy. So, I started Pinkys Got Purses. I built my own website and grew my business from the ground up. From 2012 to today, I have done so much. I’ve been on several new stations and been interviewed for my business. I started a yearly event where I gather women that own their own businesses. Read more>>

Shannon O’Connor

I’ve always sewn things with my mom while I was growing up, I honestly don’t remember a time when I didn’t know how to use a sewing machine. My favorite part was always Halloween costumes. Every year, my costume was handmade by me and my mom, and I was always so excited to have something that no one else had. Read more>>

Shanelle Kunz

I have been in commission sales (a.k.a. I don’t get paid unless I make a sale) sales for over a decade; from selling recreational oxygen to humans in Las Vegas for three years to five years in the door to door sales industry. I have run teams and broken several sales records. Confidence and Mindset are key components in effective sales – not to mention high ethics. Read more>>

Kirsten Geiger

For as long as I can remember, I have had to work for what I wanted. Nothing in my life has ever been handed to me. Throughout high school and the beginning of my college career, I worked 2-3 jobs at a time. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss because I could not work a 9-5 my entire life. Read more>>

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>>

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