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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.

Janine Hernandez

I have always been passionate about tea! It is something so calming that you can sip on while you read a good book! As an entrepreneur, it was a no-brainer for me to take my passion to the next level and start my own tea company. I wanted to create something that can be passed down to my son and the following generations. I wanted to create an antiquated family business which is a where the “and Sons” comes from. Read more>>

Alexia Pope

I knew I wanted to see more and do more. I moved out here to Arizona in June of 2016 and joined a few Facebook modeling groups. After that, it was pretty easy, if I’ll be honest. Everyone out here was extremely nice and extremely helpful with a first timer like me. I met two photographers that really changed my life and really got me going in the model world and I’ll forever be thankful for them. Read more>>

Tammy Coin

The message I heard was “You are here to be an Internationally known Speaker, Author, Master Teacher and Healer. You are to Empower, Motivate, Inspire and Transform the lives of others using the stories of your life.” I fought it. Questioned it and did everything in my power to ignore it and my life began to “implode” right before my eyes. Read more>>

Marci Cagen

I get to inspire women from across the globe to discover their purpose, while gaining clarity and confidence to fully step into their dreams. Combining spiritual principles with practical tools, I offer each client a holistic approach that allows them to create balance and healing from the inside out. Read more>>

Jodi Meiter

Over the past 15 years, I have gotten more into hair styling and I have done many bridal looks and tons of styles for formal events and high school dances. I also recently got trained in extensions, so that is a newfound passion! I freelance for photographers and do hair and make up for models or senior portraits. Read more>>

Melissa Delgado

VitaRi was created with the vision to represent and share our Hispanic background. Our Mexican traditions and culture are an important part of our lives and we wanted to voice that through our products. One of my long-term goals has always been to start my own business and I wanted to do something that is meaningful to me. Read more>>

Martha Howard

I fell in love with how graceful the stylists looked when they cut hair and how beautiful/handsome the women and man looked after their services. Clients walked with an extra burst of energy after having their hair done and I thought “Wow! I want to have that ability- Read more>>

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>>


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