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

Luna Esparza

I had so much good feedback and people who wanted to work with me. I have worked with other artist, musicians, magazines and so forth. Never thought my artwork would come this far. Read more>>

Janeeva Pettway

I get to travel the world and dance! Who gets to say that?! I’m blessed, and my gratitude is immense. For women just now starting out, I would say the same thing. Follow your heart, and make sure your work ethic matches your passion. Read more>>

Denise Macuk

By working with LA doctors and nutritionists, it quickly grew into a healthy meal service that could help clients with weight loss and health-management issues. Our meals are still 100% personalized and, of course, delicious. Read more>>

Tammy Griggs

The best views come after the hardest climbs, as they say! I love helping people and the feeling I get when someone leaves me a testimonial is profound. It keeps me going and fulfilling my purpose. Read more>>

Elisha Wilson-Beach

Prior to having kids, I have been a professional ballet dancer, arts educator, community organizer, grant writer, and strategic planner. Unknowingly, all of my prior positions gave me the skills I need today to create and run The Mom Forum. Read more>>

Dana Harris

I packed all my things in my Ford coupe and traveled cross country with my sister and brother-in-law and we moved me into my first LA apartment! It was this first year that I learned and grew the most in my training, and really found myself and what I wanted. Read more>>

Gina Ippolito

After that, I partnered up with my fellow UCB sketch team writer, Skander Halim, and we wrote a bunch of stuff together, which eventually got us hired to write on Disney’s Bunk’d, and then the revival of Murphy Brown. Read more>>

Lisa Sundstedt

When one door closes in my face, I just try the next one until someone lets me in. I believe with every fiber of my being that I am destined to do this with my life so I keep trudging and creating opportunities for myself, my friends and my students. Read more>>

Theary Sim

My passion is more than fashion, it’s my family. It’s all I have. My heritage is from Cambodia. Tradition is still very real in my country. I grew up learning my culture because my family didn’t want our history to be forgotten while living in America. Read more>>

Julia Corbett

The initial images I layered actually used photos from NASA of the nebulas, galaxies, and all those fun cosmic images. These were fused with my pie mandala creations, where I have always had a fusion of health and wellness and art coming together. Read more>>

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