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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.

Lauren Pon

After graduating college in 2016 with my BA in Psychology, I wandered aimlessly for two years hoping to figure out what my true calling or passion was. Although I knew I wanted to go into therapy and work as a psychologist, I didn’t like how limiting the mental health industry was. So, for two years, I hopped from job to job, working as a rehab tech to volunteering with autistic children, I felt like I was a lost soul. Read more>>

Cheryl Twu

After spending a year getting my nails done on the west side of LA where all of the “Instagrammable” and modern spots live, I decided that it was time that someone brought a fun, fresh, unique, and colorful nail shop to our very own Pasadena, and that is how Yunikon Nail Bar came into fruition. “Yunikon” comes from the Japanese word for “unicorn”, Read more>>

Annalisa G. Dunker

Living and working on my music in Los Angeles has been an incredible experience, I love this place and its energy. I have never felt at home in Barcelona in ten years, while I immediately felt at home here, even if I moved to LA less than a year ago. This place is very stimulating and people are always there to encourage you and support you. Read more>>

Elaine Lou Cartas

Using my experience as a former grassroots organizer and nonprofit fundraiser, I became an Assertive Business and Career Coach, speaker and #1 Amazon best selling author. In just 21 months, I have helped women of color create their dream career through authentic relationships both online and offline. Read more>>

Lilian Hsyu

I didn’t start off with an intention to become a wedding + event planner – I didn’t watch J.Lo in The Wedding Planner and fall in love with the profession or anything like that. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, and for a little while, I thought that I was going to continue my education + career in Education. Read more>>

Ashley Sere

I realized challenges occurred when I faced different opinions in comparison to my views about the restaurant. I was also questioned a lot about going out very often, but it was a lot of self-realization and self-confidence about how I really am as a person and communication to my followers. For example, some of my pictures are not eaten on the same day. Read more>>

Brenda Chi

I try to make my work humorous and sassy because that’s who I am and I think it’s my way of moving away from the “model minority” stereotype. I’m loud, because I’m American, but it feels like no matter what I do, I’ll still look like a foreigner in my own country. So, I do the work I do, to keep breaking the stereotype, inform, and unite my community. Read more>>

Felicia Manning

My greatest piece of advice would be to not wait for others to give you permission to start. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Find a story that is contained with locations you have control of and make a movie or a commercial or a web series. Read more>>

Lindsay Young

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. You have to jump in, try, fail, and learn from those experiences. If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never get started. Don’t look at failure as a bag thing. Read more>>

Hayley Gripp

When being an influencer kind of “just happened,” I decided I wanted to do something different than most influencers out there. I didn’t necessarily want to just suggest people buy products. I wanted to use social media as a platform to empower and uplift my followers. Read more>>

Kara Lyne Szabadi

Another couples changes came after some struggles with getting both vendors and guests to regularly attend. After a few slower events, I decided to do the events quarterly. And lastly, as of 2019, we’ve changed locations. Read more>>

Maki Yazawa

I like to call myself a multicultural mutt. I am first-generation American, born and raised in South Florida. My mom is Venezuelan and my dad is Japanese. I always grew up with a great curiosity for food and different cultures. I was the odd kid that would order Japanese fermented soybeans, natto, instead of a slice of pepperoni pizza. Read more>>

Tate Roda-Munar

I graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Graphic Design, but I’ve always been interested in illustration. I took a lot of notes in my sketchbook during critiques, but I’m pretty sure I doodled just as much. Since then, I’ve been spending more time on my illustrations which are done digitally. I like to consider myself a designer by day and illustrator by night. Read more>>

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