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

Victoria Reese

Her gift of storytelling doesn’t end in the digital landscape, though. Not only has she hosted sold-out webinars, but she has also carved out a space as a motivational speaker, showing the world how being a “victor” has shaped her success. Read more>>

Casey Gouveia

My own life struggles and the death of my sister made me realize that too many women… including myself, have placed their personal worth on external factors and relationships, and in turn, have sacrificed their true selves. With. Read more>>

Kelsey Spiroff

My great grandfather was a mineralogist and college professor at Michigan Tech. The impact he made on his students inspired the mineral, Spiroffite, to be named after him. Being born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Read more>>

Carolyn Pitt

A Village Pre-Accelerator and Y Combinator’s Startup School. The outcome is Film Connx, a job marketplace and social community for a film that reinvents how producers, studios and corporate brands access vetted local crew. Read more>>

Cristina Behrens, CFP®, RLP®and Stephanie Bucko, CFA®, CPA

Mana’s vision to life. Mana is a native Hawaiian word that means “power not associated with wealth.” Exactly as we do for our clients, we designed own life plan and co-founded Mana Financial Life Design August of 2019. Read more>>

Jamie Lee Hoffer

I knew I was of that world, but so, so, not in it. Everyone else could have a show and present themselves where they were at that period of time, but I had to be perfect before I could show and I felt nowhere near it. Read more>>

Alexandra Roxo

Making bold moves and risks is what creates massive change in the world and in our own lives. We have to risk looking dumb or failing, playing it safe just doesn’t get us anywhere. So even when I was broke, alone. Read more>>

Maya Magennis McKenna

While I was pursuing my yoga teacher training, I ended up taking a job at YogaWorks, the studio I was training at. Initially, I viewed the job as a sabbatical from “real” life and figured that after some time away I would be ready to do something more serious. It gave me time to explore teaching yoga. Read more>>

Daniela Rose

I was always drawn back to my love for modeling and acting. After severely burning out in the corporate environment and some encouragement from friends and family, I decided to revisit my love for acting and being in front of the camera. Read more>>

Kelsey McManamay

I have always been a creative person, so throughout my life, I found that outlet in dance. I grew up dancing, danced my way through college, and then became a professional dancer, first in the Bay Area, then in Los Angeles. Read more>>

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