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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.

Jessica Arballo

As a kid, my mom always made our birthday cakes & baked cute cookies, candies, and other treats for special occasions and holidays. I think my interest in it came from her. I have always been pretty creative & I love to paint, draw, and work with my hands. 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>>

Kandi Tyner

I always wanted to be a makeup artist, even as a young woman. Unfortunately, my father has his Ph.D. in Engineering and saw little success out of a makeup artist. During my 6 years in undergrad, earning myself 3 degrees, I continued to pursue my love and became a freelance makeup artist. 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>>

Alyssa Ast

I’ve always had a passion for writing, particularly journalism. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be a writer; however, some poor choices in life led me to get pregnant at 17. I had thought my dreams were lost and for years I had believed that to be true. 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>>

Maegan Beaumont

I’ve been writing all my life and I’ve always known it was something that I wanted to but never really saw as a career. Just something I did to keep myself sane. Read more>>

Reba Yellowhorse

I first started playing with makeup and hair when I was in high school. I would buy magazines loaded with braid designs, I was so addicted to figuring out how they created flower patterns, swirls or zig-zag braid designs in their hair. 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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