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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.

Rose Velasco

My journey began when I walked into my first Yoga class in 2012. I was suffering severe pain from whiplash 25 years prior and wanted to strengthen the muscles in my neck and back. Read more>>

Natalie Staebell

It took me a lot of wrong moves to finally feel confident in my own life path, 8 years later I know I’m truly happy and successful in my field. I have made some of the best, long lasting relationships with many woman that Ive been able to be apart of their journey too. Read more>>

Margaret Ann Spence

It’s about a caterer, Camilla, who goes home for her father’s funeral and uncovers family secrets. As a food stylist can hide a strawberry’s flaws with a swipe of lipstick, Camilla wonders what lies beneath the gloss of respectability. Read more>>

Tanya Wheeless

I’m a big believer that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish that matters most. I started as a pretty typical , middle-class girl growing up in Peoria, but I always felt like my life was supposed to be bigger. Read more>>

Emily Orzel

I was connecting with people through my art which is a truly magical thing. After a while I realized this is what makes be happiest and this what I want to be doing. I eventually started selling my stuff at markets and online. Read more>>

Fernanda Velasquez

I changed my career path to fashion design and I tried modeling as a hobby. Today, I am continuing with my passion in a more serious manner at ASU and I am improving my modeling skills by coming out in more runway shows and doing more photoshoots. Read more>>

Rea Rowles

I’ve been around real estate since I can remember. I grew up visiting my dad on job sites when he was building homes out in the east valley. I have always always always had a love and passion for creating things and seeing them come to life. Read more>>

Breasha Swainston

I always admired fancy sparkly nails and started playing around with polishes and designs on my own nails around 8 years old. By the time I was 18 I had gotten pretty good at DIY designs and knew I had a skill I could turn to a career. Read more>>

Carol Hageman

I always had a passion for flowers, and landed my dream job while in high school working in a flower shop. I became a floral designer and years later opened a florist business. That work eventually led me to the landscape and nursery industry. Read more>>

Samantha Chokor

I found it to be something I could do regardless of my health conditions. It became a way for me to escape my illnesses. It is because of blogging that, when I was able to go back to school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in English and writing. Read more>>

Riley Schnepf

I’ve always had a love for writing and traveling so one day I decided why not combine the two? That’s when Roaming Riley, my blog, was born. While Arizona has a special place in my heart, I’ve made it a goal of mine to travel to new places as much as possible, often once a month. Read more>>

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