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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.

Jazz Torrez

I create and sell my art, shirts, pins, totes, prints, and other items online and feel it is important to have an online presence, be a vendor, and participate in art shows. I need to create and make art to feel whole because it is a major part of who I am. Read more>

Justie Lim

I’m one of those weirdos that’s always kind of known what I wanted to do, or at least since high school. Always having been a creative kid, everything kind of fell into place when I took a marketing class and realized that I could 100% see myself in that world as a career. Read more>>

Stephanie Howe

The best place to meet someone at a music festival is by sitting on the ground in the middle of the crowd. That’s exactly where this random stranger convinced me to quit college and follow my dreams. Read more>>

Lauren Gray

I never thought I would end up in education professionally. I assumed once I finished college, I would move to a fast-paced professional career, like law or business. However, like most of life, things don’t usually work out as you exactly plan. Read more>>

Laura Newcomb

AUTISM ACADEMY – Laura Newcomb is building academic bridges, meeting social needs, and making education for children with autism more meaningful. Her passion for helping people and meeting needs started decades before she opened the doors as the founder of the Autism Academy in 2013. Read more>>

Lisa Loring

I’m a stylist and the owner of Truly Blessed Hair Design. My testimony. Growing up, I was a bang girl you may ask what does she mean by that, when I became old enough to do my own hair. Read more>>

Sherry Griner

As I grew up it became of passion of mine to style hair. I did mine and my friends hair for dances and weddings. My Mom always said I should do Hair for a living. But I said “No mom that’s not a career.” So I pursued marketing career and have 7 years in corporate America decided the corporateife wasn’t for me. Read more>>

Cori Roberts

Holistic Waters started as a hobby for me in 2004 and it quickly turned into a striving business focusing on detox. When I first opened, I only offered colon hydrotherapy and within the first couple of years began to offer nutritional support for detox regimens and colon hydrotherapy. Read more>>

Brandy Sucher

I decided to go to beauty school in 2011 after going to community college for a few years and deciding that it wasn’t for me. I always enjoyed getting my nails done but I wasn’t sure if that’s what I wanted to do, so I learned everything from hair to nails! Read more>>

Cathy McDavid

Like many authors, I started writing at a young age – during high school in my case (think teenage angst-filled prose). While I continued to write in college, even penning my first novel at nineteen, I eventually left fiction behind in order to pursue business. About twenty years ago, when my twins were young. Read more>>

Maria Plata

Plata Learning And Teaching Academy is a product of my personal journey. I moved to Arizona from Mexico when i was eight years old. From that moment, I learned the importance and value of language. Read more>>


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