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Trailblazers: Tempe

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

Andrea Fox

I’m born and raised in Arizona. I attended beauty school my last two years of high school (Corona del Sol and EVITE) I graduated both and proceeded to get my cosmetology license immediately after graduation. Started working in a commission based salon in Tempe for 3 years and then opened up Beauty by Andrea at the age of 21 (September 2010), I’m over 10 years in the industry and almost 8 as a small business owner. Read more>>

Gretchen Seeck

I have been sober from any mind-altering substance since May 26, 2016. I have been doing yoga since 2002 but my struggle and triumph over alcohol brought about a whole new side to my yoga practice. It gave me the mental and spiritual gift of yoga. Yoga gave me my foundation to learn how to meditate and see the importance of meditation. Read more>>

Shelby Sherwood

I started beauty school when I was 15 through the Cavit program in Coolidge, Arizona. My first job was at Studio 3 Beauty Designs in Casa Grande run by Shannon Thomas. I interned there until I got my license and started working there until she moved and opened a salon suite elsewhere. I was 18, when I moved to Tempe with my partner, losing all my clientele, I got a job in a fast paced hair cutting franchise. Read more>>


Heather Kirchhofer

Agnes Art & Photo is growing and evolving every year. I’m learning so much along the way. I’m a one-man show, so I do it all from managing the finances to booking, social media and all the photography and editing. I’m proud to be doing what I love for a living. I look forward to what the future holds for Agnes Art & Photo. Read more>>

Ashley Weber

While studying Industrial Design in college, I started to have seconds thoughts. I loved the design portion of it, the idea of making something out of nothing, but I lacked any real interest in what that meant once I graduated.  Read more>>

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