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Trailblazers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Azeema Nur

Photography and fine art have always been my big passions, my form of self-expression, exploration and self-soothing. I took photography classes in college, did several product photography gigs and had a couple of minor solo shows. Read more>>

Michelle Elzinga

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a hairstylist. I was fascinated by how stylists seemed so cool, collected, and magical. I still feel true to that this day!! From a young age, I felt a passion to follow through with chasing my dreams. In high school. Read more>>

Lyndsay Alba

My now-husband (Chris) and I, have been working together as long as we’ve been dating and married. Let me just say, I don’t recommend working with your spouse to everyone, it takes a lot of work, but it works for us and we love it. In 2013. Read more>>

Jessica Valenzuela

Since I was 12 years old, I have always dreamt about becoming a planner but with much discouragement from the loved ones I was told this occupation would not give me the stability I would need to “succeed.” So, I did as I was told and went to college to pursue a degree in accounting. Read more>>

Alvinita Gonzales

I grew up around photography and videography. My mother always had disposable cameras, as well as giving my brother and I one. She would let us photograph whatever interested us. My grandfather was always videoing memories, school programs, holidays, birthdays. Read more>>

Janne Robinson

Six years ago, I was living in Edmonton, Alberta serving at bars and selling condos for a developer. I was miserable. I would save up large chunks of cash and travel the world–feel happy, and alive when I was on the road. But when I returned home, I would be hit with how out of alignment the life I was living was. Read more>>

Rachel Barber

I was chronically ill for six years of my life. I tried everything I could to heal. I went to so many different doctors, naturopaths, and healers. I tried all kinds of different healing diets and supplement protocols. I did everything I could think of, and nothing was working. Read more>>

Emma Ritto

I am an 18-year-old opera classical singer and writer. Opera and literature have both been a large part of my life ever since I was a young girl. My mother and father both sang opera, and my mother got her degree in English Literature. I started out in musical theatre and occasionally listened to classical music. Read more>>

Maria Dominguez

My name is Maria Dominguez and I’m currently working on a dual major in an accelerated BSN program and liberal arts. I was born in Mexico City and came to America at the age of three to live the “American Dream.” Growing up, I struggled in school and I never understood why. Read more>>

Brooke Oleynick

My professional career began with working in Public Relations at a handful of different agencies where I worked with clients across the board – from hospitality to consumer packaged goods. I learned and grew immensely from these positions, grasping a sense of business acumen. Read more>>

Jenna Rose Katlik

Since I was a child, I have always loved creating things and making concoctions, ultimately owning on whatever project I was working on. I learned basic jewelry making when I was a young teenager, however my interests and curiosity never stopped there. Read more>>

Caitlyn Feddock

Ever since I was a young child, I had the desire to dance. When I was three years old, my mom signed me up for a combo ballet/tap class. One class a week soon turned into two, three, four classes a week as my love for dance grew. By the time I was six years old. Read more>>

Ashley Torres

I have been a lover of makeup since I was a little girl. I always played with my mother’s makeup, which sometimes annoyed her because I was always breaking into her makeup bag to put on her Revlon hot pink lipstick and blue mascara (gotta love the 80’s!!). Read more>>

Kristin Hauser

I’ve been on a radical healing trajectory myself for more than a decade. I really got started doing the work I’m doing now through my own struggles and transformation. In my teenage years, I had an interest in obstetrics and gynecology from a medical point of view. Read more>>

Emily Gorrie

I started out in corporate sales in the media and ad tech space. I was blessed to have been able to work with companies that prioritize learning and their sales training programs. I was constantly being challenged and given opportunities to prove myself. Read more>>

Amanda Henry

For the last ten years, I’ve been enjoying time with and working closely with extremely passionate cannabis enthusiasts. As a medical marijuana patient in Michigan from 2008-2014, a cannabis content producer here in San Diego for the past five years, and now. Read more>>

Katharine LiMandri

My career started with an internship that turned into a job right out of college. It was my only job out of college (for thirteen years!) until I started my own company, Tidal Event Consulting. In my previous job, I was the Director of Events for a major college sports organization here in San Diego. Read more>>

Maddie Doan

It all began with my personal interest in all-natural skincare & I began to play around with making products for myself. The first product I ever made was body butter and I knew I had to share it with friends & family because I seriously loved it that much. Read more>>

Erica DeLorme

My interior design company initially began as a staging business. As I continued to stage homes, I would receive requests from the buyers and people who canvased the open houses to help them design their own homes. As the requests for interior design increased, I decided to sell all of the staging furniture I owned. Read more>>

Melissa Lund

I did not set out to become a therapist, let alone a Registered Play Therapist. Getting my bachelor’s degree had been on my “bucket list” for years as I chose to get married and start a family after high school. While I dabbled in classes over several years. Read more>>



Brittany Clark

My cookie adventure started as a hobby. I am an elementary school teacher with a flair for creativity. Cookie decorating videos initially attracted my eye and made me enthusiastic to learn more. After I gathered a few supplies and tried it out for myself, I discovered how relaxing and calming the art of cookie decorating is. Read more>>

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