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Trailblazers: Coronado Island

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

Syndee Holt

Syndee Holt came to polymer clay as a means to maintain her sanity. A single working mom of two little boys and a whole tribe of “bonus” kids AND a full-time job at UCSD. Polymer clay quickly added several independent contract designer jobs to her workload. She authored “Polymer Clay for the First Time” Read more>>

Sarah Alida LeClair

I started singing classically professionally on the Central Coast of California while I was getting my Bachelor’s degree in voice at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; and then while finishing my Masters degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State sang opera at school. Read more>>

Annie Murray

My own journey to motherhood – and beyond – was the impetus for planning, organizing, and hosting the “Strong as a Mother” maternal health event. Held over Mother’s Day Weekend in Coronado, this was the second annual community-led event celebrating motherhood and the strong women in our lives. Read more>>

Marie Gray

This was probably my first dream, to be honest. I grew up watching my mom create a beautiful home for us, a place that was lovely and comfortable and happy to come back to. I knew I wanted to do that for a family of my own someday. It’s a beautiful thing; it’s hard, yet I love it, and I think that’s the sign that it’s right. Read more>>

Conversations with the Inspiring

I remember asking my parents what each vegetable or fruit I was eating was good for. As in, what good it would do to my body. “What’s this good for?” was a common question of mine at the table. I learned about carrots being good for the eyes, and fish for the brain, etc. Knowing those simple facts made me more interested in eating what was on my plate. Read more>>

Kelsey Berger

I decided that working for them sounded exciting, so I googled the local staff person and started the interview. By the end of our time together, the Area Director asked me “well, if you love Young Life so much, why are you not a part of it?” This was a great question and there was no good reason not to be, so I signed up to go through their new leader training. Read more>>

Sierra Rainge-Jones

Today, my brand is a full-service empowerment brand that equips ambitious women with tools to expand their reach, share their struggle and success stories while creating product bundles that allow them to generate revenue from what they’ve lived through and learned from. Read more>>

Kristina Quesada

My daughter was born with Cystic Fibrosis, and I am highly involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I am the Outreach Chair for the annual Chef Throwdown at the Hotel Del Coronado that benefits the foundation. Read more>>

Brynne Gluch

I had felt so alone in my pain. I realized through sharing openly about my struggles that many other women around me were yearning for a sense of belonging, assurance of personal identity, and inspiration toward a purpose higher than themselves. Read more>>

Taylor Merritt

The amount of information out there can be super overwhelming in regards to parenthood, nutrition, and fitness. I want “Sweaty as a Mother” to be a place where people can come to read about my experiences, try my workouts, and enjoy my delicious healthy recipes. Read more>>

Dolores Forsythe

I finally realized I was going to have to expand my product line if I was really going to be able to make a living at this. So, I went to the international jewelry show in Bangkok, Thailand and that totally open my eyes to the depth and breadth of the kind of jewelry that women across this world were made in order to support their families. Read more>>

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