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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.

Glendale Calmerin

I unknowingly started in the event planning industry when I was 12, helping my older sister set-up for her events. The first event that really started it all for us was her wedding. I mainly helped because I wanted to hang out with my sister and if that meant having to help her choose between the hundreds of shades of purple. Read more>>

Mikee Castaneda

I always excelled academically in high school, however, I could never decide on a career field that I felt I could be happy in. I’m my twenties, I supported myself by working as a server/bartender. After I had my daughter Madison. Read more>>

Susana Lopez

I started my love of art through Pokemon!! I loved how different the art style was from most American cartoons and tried to replicate it (…it took a while for my drawings to look like the characters). I ended up drawing pokemon characters whenever I could and eventually tried to make my own characters. Read more>>

Victoria Ojerio-Kosuda

When people ask me how I got to where I’m at, I would say “Qouting Bob Ross, it was a “happy little accident”. As an anime, cartoon, and comic-loving art major at Cal State Fullerton, I was on my way to getting close to my dream of being an animator (at least that’s what I thought). I worked three part-time jobs. Read more>>

Katie Miller

Fashion always has been, and always will be, my passion. I started my fashion Instagram page at the end of April 2019. My main goal for this page was to create fun content that was inviting, affordable, and practical for my viewers. Within the Instagram platform, I have connected with amazing people. Read more>>

Leah Bisch

I’m a self-employed artist/graphic designer who specializes in lettering, illustration, painting, and design. I create invitations, greeting and holiday cards, and art prints and sell them through various online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Read more>>

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