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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.

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>>

Christine Baker

Once they were finished in high school, my husband and I decided to move to Coronado, and we embarked on a project to build a home there.  During the design stages, we moved Downtown to change things up and experience an urban lifestyle. That’s where I started my real estate career. Read more>>

Katie Salerni

My coach is a huge reason for my success and guided my work ethic to support the strength I’ve built. I started painting as an off day activity because I love lifting and I needed something to keep me distracted on my rest days! I’ve fallen in love with creating art and think about painting all week until I can do it on the weekends. 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>>

Kristen Wilson

After all of this education I graduated unsure of what I wanted to do for a career. I tried different avenues everything from Acupuncture to Event Planning. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss and build something for myself. I just was unsure which path to follow in doing so. 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>>

Lori Sauer

It was a little over a year later that I felt it was time to move onto a more challenging role and push the boundaries with my culinary skills. So, I stepped into the role as Executive Pastry Chef at George’s at the Cove in 2011 working for Chef Trey Foshee for six years. 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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