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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.

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>>

Laurie Nessel

My artistic career began when proverbial childhood doodling evolved into more sophisticated rapidograph drawings, then shifted into serial explorations of various mediums. When I was mesmerized watching Dan Dailey blow glass at Haystack-Hinckley School of Crafts in Maine in 1971. Read more>>

Mary Mac

I started my apprenticeship under Lex in Gilbert in 2010. After completing my training and a few years of walk-in tattooing, I moved to Mastodon Custom Tattoo and have been here since May of 2014. Read more>>

Sharon Rose

Every event in my life has been a purposeful experience in my journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did for me to feel, behave, and make choices in the way that I did, leading me to a place of total self love, appreciation, and determination. Read more>>

Veronica Lynn Clark

I stepped into the world of wellness out of a deep need to heal myself. It was my battle with depression and PTSD that led me to Bikram yoga. I refused to take any medication but I was a nervous wreck all of the time so I felt stuck.  Read more>>

Nicole Petculescu

So naturally, when we get together, there will be some serious noshing going on. Snack boards are my go-to. They can house a variety of flavors and for that reason, they can please a diverse crowd of taste buds, making sure everyone gets something they enjoy on their plate. Read more>>

Sophya Kheim

I am passionate about helping others, whether it’s through mentorship or philanthropy. I’m fortunate of where we are today and it’s important that I give others the opportunities we were given. I volunteer with many different organizations and always find ways to help others out. Read more>>

Rachel Saylor

Writing isn’t something I grew up knowing I was destined to do. I didn’t study creative writing in college, and frankly, I thought writing was something I wasn’t too good at. I am and always have been, however, an avid reader. Read more>>


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