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Trailblazers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

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 Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jade Rocca

I started my business in a very unconventional way. The idea of Mindful Magnolia came to me while I was in treatment from domestic violence and drug abuse. After leaving a very toxic relationship. Read more>>

Andrea Crawford/Draya Love

Draya Love has been a few solid years in the making. She had a pre-Draya Love life that was a whirlwind. I started early, I had a son at 20 yrs old and got my undergrad in business so I could provide a good life for my boy. Read more>>

Karen Hutchins

Karen is a true California girl. She grew up in the Bay Area and moved to San Diego in 1992. She met her husband shortly after and the rest, as they say, is history. She and Stephen have a son, Zenden, and an adorable dog. Read more>>

Metztli Lopez Torres

My story started with my experience during my first pregnancy while I was living in Mexico. During that time, rural women (mujeres del campo) shared their knowledge about pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Read more>>

Oona Upland

I come from many places: I was born in Brooklyn New York, but raised in a small town outside of Raleigh North Carolina. I have family all over, Boston, Richmond, Detroit, Seville, and so many other places. Read more>>

Niki Fetters

As a young teen, I was always interested in makeup. I pictured myself working on movie sets in Hollywood. Once I decided to pursue that dream I realized I needed to get my esthetics license and 600 hours later. Read more>>

Scout Sobel and Mady Maio

I was feeling as if the podcast was getting a little stale and wanted to spruce things up! Mady and I were at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa for her birthday – we were getting massages, drinking rose, laying by the pool, the whole deal. Read more>>

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