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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.

Brenda Randall

Though our personal styles may be quite different, we both love creating our own signature look. The desire to work in a fashion never left me, even though I pursued a profession in the legal field. Read more>>

Christine Deloatch and Erika Archer

We support healing, growth and free-thinking. Through presence at pop-up events, individualized sessions, panels, psychic parties and social media communities, we have grown the brand’s presence across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Read more>>

Zaret Proa

Although I love designing for the hospitality industry now, I dream of one day going back to textile design for fashion! I’m inspired by the way prints/patterns keep evolving and definitely want to be part of it someday even if it means starting from the bottom again! Read more>>

Alyssa Valiente

My Instagram has become my creative outlet outside of my full-time job and is my way of expressing myself. I love trying out the hot and new spots, lowkey hole-in-the-wall mom and pop spots and well really just about any place with bomb food! Read more>>

Kristi Cooper

I started teaching Pilates when I was 15. I assumed I would get a “real” job one day but always knew Pilates would be in my life somehow. I love it!I knew I had a chance to leave the Pilates landscape better off than when I arrived and so along with my two business partners we set out to become the first subscription video on demand service for Pilates. Read more>>

Sami Davis

Thousands of patches, logo designs and graphics later, it’s been the most rewarding and educational experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I’m pushing myself to create something new every day to meet a daily challenge and have grown so much. My favorite part is meeting other small business owners who I can connect with – Read more>>

JillianVita Lore

Born, raised, and educated in NYC, I always had a competitive, “go go go” approach to just about everything. As a fast walker, talker, thinker, I tend to be overly ambitious and perfectionistic, with ever-growing high standards for every aspect of my life. Read more>>

Hanna Galicia

I stared at the beauty industry when I was 17 years old, I went to cosmetology school because my mom told me to go to cosmetology, so I can do her hair and my sisters. I am the 2nd of four sisters, yes, four girls, my older sister Patty, my sister Delia and my little sister, Lory. They were my hair models at the beginning of my career. Read more>>

Germaine Nichols

I hosted my first self-love retreat where it was the focus and all the women who attended were touched and left starting their own journeys. I’m excited about what the future holds hopefully more events, definitely more blog post and as I said before, just touching the lives of the people I come in contact with Read more>>

Jacqulyn Whang

My relationship with music and the arts not only provided me a space of refuge and inclusion but empowered me to create room for my in mainstream American culture. As I became awakened to my new citizenship, I also began my journey as an advocate for youth, arts education, and community development. Read more>>

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