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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.

Hilary Phillips

I’m originally from Springfield, Missouri. A small city, three and a half hours southwest of St. Louis. Growing up I wouldn’t say I dreamed of being a hairstylist at a young age but I have always been very into fashion, makeup, and doing my own hair. Read more>>

Danielle Roosa

It’s pretty cool to have an idea, and this idea snowballs and turns into your income, your insurance, your life. I have an amazing team at Back to Space and they are mentors and support for this dream I had and they, every day, make sure it’s being pushed forward. Read more>>

Stephanie Lawrence

My career in makeup artistry began after attending MUD in 2007 and I booked my first job as beauty makeup assistant on a horror feature. When that wrapped, I needed supplemental income until the next project, so I started working at The Beauty Closet (now closed) in Studio City. Read more>>

Heather Traska

Following the success of my YouTube channel, I was presented with the opportunity to study music in college on a very generous scholarship. I learned so much about music, Acappella, and most importantly myself. I am constantly striving to challenge myself, a trait that is very rewarding, but also quite exhausting. Read more>>

Jannel Ongkingco

Working with a start-up was awesome, but after a while, I decided to move on. It wasn’t easy, but I knew that I needed more structure for me to grow, learn, and succeed. I now work as a Digital Media Manager for another beauty brand, it’s been quite a journey, and I’m very excited to see where it takes me! Read more>>

Monique Peyre

I have had a passion for styling hair for as long as I could remember. I was on my way to becoming an elementary school teacher, and then halfway through school I realized I did not enjoy it as much as I loved doing hair. Read more>>

Patricia Manley

For me changes come from the inside out and my mission is to help them improve their health, their skin, their image and return to have the brightness that we all want to have. Read more>>

Martha Uhl

I think I’d always been interested in being a therapist, but I went to college at 18, which is a time in life when we think we know everything and actually know nothing. Continuing that theme, I left school with a degree in Conservation Biology and got a job in finance. Read more>>

Holly Daigle

I have had a passion for beauty for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl I used to love playing around with makeup. When I was in high school I used to go my friends hair for school dances, and and a brave few would let me cut their hair! Read more>>

Katie Warrick

Being able to be involved with an organization that helps feed over 3,000 people with 26,000 meals a month feels like the very best use of my time and days off. Working with this Organization has really become the passion in my life. Read more>>

Samantha Marie Ribaya

I have always had a passion for words and writing since the age of 13 through poetry so between auditions and copious amounts of background work on various tv/film projects which I like to refer to as “learning my table manners for set,” I rediscovered my soulful voice and songstress gifts and began developing my first few singles. Read more>>

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