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South Bay 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 the South Bay that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Karen Akpan

Karen is a wife, mom, public speaker, writer, entrepreneur and family travel expert who has traveled to over 30 countries with her six year old. Her love for travel and her mission to inspire and encourage parents to continue to travel the world even after having children led her to create The MOM Trotter. Read more>>

Julie Tran

As a Marketing Manager, I’ve always had a passion for story-telling and my Instagram account gives me the opportunity to do that in a creative and personally meaningful way. I initially started my Instagram to learn more about Digital Marketing strategies. Read more>>

Shayne Hartman

We live in a world where depression is rising at a significant rate and unfortunately, too many cases go undiagnosed/untreated or diagnosed/treated incorrectly (and in many cases, the latter can be far worse than the former). Read more>>

Tonda Linsey

My Self-Defense and Advocate journey began as a Police Officer, where I worked (mostly patrol) for over 10 years. Around 2013 Empowered Defense was created when I was preparing to transition out of law enforcement and didn’t want to just abandon all the knowledge. Read more>>

Anisha Srivastava

I started singing at a really young age and I’ve always sang and performed. Throughout college, I tried to perform whenever I could, but I eventually tabled singing as a hobby, making the decision to pursue a more traditional career. Read more>>

Susie Villalpando

Art has always been my favorite subject. I enjoyed drawing and coloring in my coloring books. Growing up, I knew I wanted to pursue art as a career. Fast forward to senior year in high school. A career counselor came to register us into college. Read more>>

Samantha Ulm

I am an LA stylist, Blogger, and Vegan Business Owner. I became a stylist a little over five years ago, and absolutely fell in love with the industry! It all originated from me raiding my mom’s closet when I was 13 and stealing all her cool vintage clothes. Read more>>

Nicholle Sanchez

During my childhood, I was afraid to show my emotions as it was seen as being weak by my family so I pretended nothing bothered me and hid my true feelings. If I did show emotions, an overwhelming feeling of shame would overcome me. Read more>>

Johanna Silva and Claudia Leon

When Claudia and Edgar opened their doors in 1995, with a 9-month-old little boy and a 5-year-old little girl, they had one aim in mind, “let’s sell the freshest flowers, create the most modern designs, but most of all, let’s make sure each person that walks through our doors feels like family. Read more>>

Maegha Singh

The closest things I had to serious pets were an assortment of fish, a rock collection, and briefly, a millipede. Sometimes I joke that if my parents had just gotten me a dog, I might’ve become a doctor or an engineer like they always wanted. My parents, immigrants from India, did not grow up with animals. Read more>>

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