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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.

Heather Usher

No road is ever easy and for me, it was bumpy with a lot of challenges. My struggles were there because I chose to hang out with friends, party and put school last. Now, that I am 29, I can shake my head at my younger self but would never change my journey. Read more>>

Rachel Baker

I started getting interested in photography the summer after I graduated high school. I spent that summer watching endless youtube videos and teaching myself all about how to use my camera. It started out as a hobby and then I realized that I could make a career out of it. Read more>>

Mikayla Shannon

I’ve been into health and wellness my whole life so when I went to college I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I graduated from Arizona State in 2014 and basically found The Madison shortly after. There was something so different and incredible about the company that I couldn’t resist. Read more>>

Deileta Kamhunga

As a mother of two little ones, now ages 3 and 1, I set out on a journey to build a business that we could all one day be proud of. I remember graduating from college still confused as to what my next step would be. It seemed like everyone around me had it all figured out. Read more>>

Yara Salem

I moved to Arizona in 2015 and continued my professional career with Western Dental. As part of the board committee of the Academy of General Dentistry – Arizona, I am exposed to many dental aspects, which helps me grow more. I am currently working on getting my fellowship in dental implants. Read more>>

Kisha Gulley

So much had changed for me from traveling all over the world to now sitting at home married and depressed. I started my blog “The Kisha Project” to share my journey. As I started writing and sharing, I realized in order to share these experiences I had to do so from my own Afro-Latina point of view. Read more>>

Janie Churley

My pain has often been the catalyst of my efforts to find better, to be better, and to learn from my experiences. The drive to never stop seeking solution and peace and happiness and purpose has to lead me to the most enchanting experiences and a true feeling of confidence and self-love I thought was unattainable. Read more>>

Chloe Rizzo

I’ve been at Juut for almost two years and I’ve built a wonderful clientele and I’m fortunate enough to make people feel beautiful and show them real, honest human connection. I’m a firm believer on loving your job and not settling for anything less and that’s what I plan on doing for however long I physically can. Read more>>

Rachelle Marmor

This means that I am using TCM diagnostics, Acupuncture and Chinese medicinal formulas to treat any number of medical conditions from garden variety aches and pains to very complex and difficult to treat systemic diseases. Read more>>

Samantha Murray

Phoenix left me questioning if I wanted to continue driving business or take a step back into staying on the front end of fitness. My advice is to listen to your heart and allow yourself the freedom to explore. Giving myself time to start fresh lead me back to the place I am now, and I know this is where I should be. Read more>>

Danielle Rufenacht

Understanding the basic of marketing could be key in any growing or inspiring individual who is looking to go off on there own. Time changes so although social networking was my key working tool in my networking I would say research what current networking tools are at large at the moment you are ready to grow. Read more>>


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