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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.

Paige Drysdale

I have always had an interest in the arts. I attended dance lessons, vocal lessons and modeling/acting classes growing up in Sedona, AZ. When I moved from home, I began teaching modeling/acting classes at a school in Denver, I enjoyed my time but there but decided to attend college back in Arizona and learn more about the production side of the business. Read more>>

Erin Murphy

The most defining moment in my story happened shortly after I finished my Master’s degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I had studied geology and biology and intended to continue straight into a Ph.D. I had a longterm boyfriend who was already living in California and accepted an offer to work with a professor at UC-Riverside studying disease ecology. Read more>>

Katie Oertle

My Arbonne journey began about five years ago. I was newly married and expecting our first child. I loved my job as a teacher, but I did not love being 40k in debt with no end in sight. However, I didn’t really feel very concerned about it until our daughter arrived. I say having Annabelle was like a light switch was turned on. Our circumstances were exactly the same. Read more>>

Natelle Angelina Gentile

My father, Virgilio, and mother, Sharon are two of the most amazing people in this world and I would be nowhere near where I am today without their constant love and endless support. If I painted a picture of my childhood, it would be of me in a different colored leotard/tutu combo on a trampoline naively bouncing up and down not knowing how much this sport would direct my life one day. Read more>>

Melissa Knoblock

My oil journey started when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. I had a really bad cold and didn’t want to use any medication. I found foTERRA Essential oils and the relief I felt was imitated. From that time, I’ve been hooked and wanted to learn more. Now, all I want to do is share what I’ve learned and to hear other people’s stories. Read more>>

Erin Kong

My first involvement in the POC performance community was with New Carpa Collective. I had the opportunity to perform in staged readings and showcase my own personal poetry. Through my experiences with New Carpa Collective, and as a marginalized person living in Phoenix, I realized that the intersection of art and identity was something I wanted to passionately and creatively pursue for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Lauren N. Barelski

I asked the universe what I could do to make more money to support us. One day, I opened up a fortune cookie that read “Make your talents work like a charm” and suddenly the lightbulb turned on. I still had some old crystals from my previous jewelry making days so I got to work. To my surprise, my friends, family, and Instagram followers supported me right away. I’d sell out the minute I posted something online. It’s been. Read more>>

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