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Orange County Trailblazers

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 Orange County that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Sandy Aquino

I was a teenage girl who loved to talk on the phone for hours on end. One day my brother said to me, “If you could find someone to pay you to talk on the phone, you’d be rich”, and so it began. Read more>>

Kay Kutwin

I re structured my entire e-commerce business and hired a manager to run it for me. I refocus on real estate. I enjoyed doing something that had bigger impact on people’s lives. Read more>>

Nanda Loren

I was always very artistic and would always be singing and dancing, at home, at school, everywhere. I was very horse, especially in the mornings, so my mom took me to the doctor. Read more>>

Carol Jue

Coach Carol Jue is not just about being a basketball coach, it is just so much more…it’s been a lot of life changing experiences that have made these women become better, stronger, and bigger (in their mind) to give to the world that can help them and others. Read more>>

Nathalie Jamar

I have always loved being creative and was lucky enough to have parents who fostered that creativity. I dabbled in many different kinds of the arts and even followed a passion for visual design into college. Read more>>

Andrea Gutierrez

I am a proud UCI alumnus, class of 2015. A couple of months after graduation, a new position had been created at UCI to create the first campus pantry via a grant received from the UC Office of the President. Read more>>

Kalina Todorova

Traveling through work and as a personal interest, connecting with people and learning about different cultures and traditions, organizing seminars and participating in global conferences and trend talks have allowed me to become a citizen of the world. Read more>>


I work with private-equity and venture capital firms on brand and marketing evaluations. In the PE and VC world, I focus on identifying the value of the brand and the critical path to articulate that value proposition and accelerate the return on investment for those investors. Read more>>

Jeanne Ruppelius

Art was how I was able to process what was happening around me. It was how I was able to express myself when I had no words to describe how I felt or what I was going through. Read more>>

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