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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.

Samantha Paige

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 21, and subsequently the BRCA 1 genetic mutation. I spent the majority of my 20’s in and out of emergency rooms, facing crippling PTSD, chronic migraines, and debilitating panic attacks. Read more>>

Melissa Bastien

I grew up in the Deerfield/Pompano Beach area the oldest of 7 on my Mother’s side and 2nd of 8 on my Dads. I just always wanted better for myself and family. Early on, I had the role of motherhood pushed on me, and did what was necessary to ensure myself/siblings. Read more>>

Nadia Beck

Just like most people’s stories, I didn’t end up where I planned to be. I was always into the arts growing up and had a passion to learn almost anything. Education was very important to me. My father always kept me busy with extracurricular activities to help me find my artistic medium. Read more>>

Naarai Jacobs

I was born into a musical family in Sarasota, FL. My entire family sings, parents, cousins; everybody! Because I grew up around so many great singers, I never thought I was that great of a singer. This led me to focus on acting. From elementary school until school. Read more>>

Kavita G. Vaghashia

Born and raised in Los Angeles, I studied business fashion marketing at Woodbury University in 2014. I began working in the fashion industry in 2015 with a huge dream to become the next Ryan Seacrest. After living out my dream on the red carpet, interviewing celebrities. Read more>>

Halley Mastrolonardo

In 2016 I started my first small business – I worked in the wedding industry as a calligrapher, where I created custom handcrafted signage and stationery for brides. I then started getting requests for personalized home decor, and eventually transitioned into other types of creative design work. Read more>>

Danielle Brown

It all started with my Dad coming to this country from Israel with practically nothing, married my mom and together they started a Finishing company which then led to them opening up Universal Garment Wash & Dye here in North Hollywood Ca. Read more>>

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