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

Alyson Iwamoto

I’ve worked in clay for over 20 years. I even went to college and received a degree in ceramics everything came into focus the first time I went to Japan. I got off the plane and the first thing I saw was a ceramic wall piece and I knew I was home. Read more>>

Stephanie Walton

Being hungry and without stability were formative moments in my youth. When I discovered basketball, I discovered a passion that would lead me to my ultimate goal – a college education, earning a scholarship to a Division I saved my life. It also taught me an important lesson – Read more>>

Fiona Cole

I started on a volunteer basis, filming and editing for Pawsitive Change around my regular work schedule. As my collection of prison videos grew, Zach managed to carve some funds out of the budget to help me continue, and he has now, finally, been able to offer me a paid position. Read more>>

Nancy Montuori

As time went by, I realized how passionate I was about helping people become healthy, protecting the planet and animal welfare, and I made it my mission to do everything I could to spread the compassionate plant-based message. Read more>>

Katrina Centeno-Nguyen

To be completely honest, I never thought that my everyday handwriting would set me on the path where I am today. When a friend saw me writing a grocery list one day and asked me to address her wedding envelopes, I thought it would be a good idea to earn extra money as a means to help pay for school. Read more>>

Laurie Castillo

I came to the realization that life wasn’t about a balancing act, it’s about integration. It’s about weaving the threads of motherhood and entrepreneurship that define me and make me who I am. So I began working on the planner. Read more>>

Victoria Infante

I’ve written for many outlets, among them, Voces Huffington Post, AOL, and Las Mananitas Show. I currently write entertainment stories for La Opinion. I also write on a weekly basis about my experience as mom in Baby Center Latino. Read more>>

Dominique Calvillo

I fell in love with crochet and was mesmerized by the beautiful patterns, textures and rhythms of the art and my young mind was determined to understand how they were made. I crocheted all the way into adulthood usually around the holidays and came up with a few basic designs to give my friends as gifts. Read more>>

Sevan Kalaydjian and Ani Artsvelyan

We met in college, at UC Irvine, and realized that we both had an affinity for makeup. We were usually the go-tos if our roommates and friends were going out or had special events. After graduating college, we still found ourselves bonding over makeup artistry, going to trade shows, trips to Sephora, product testing, etc. Read more>>

Theresa Huang

With a broad background working in both fashion and wedding, Theresa ultimately finds joy when her artistry is combined with her love to build a personal relationship with her clients. This allows her to immediately scan a client’s features and personalize a style vision for her client. Read more>>

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