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Trailblazers: Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lanna Brown

I moved to San Diego the summer after I graduated from Purdue University to begin my first year of law school. At the time, I didn’t know anyone except my classmates. I wanted to meet people outside of school so I started networking within the music scene in San Diego as I had a background as a DJ in college. Read more>>

Sierra Fackler

Intuition told me that this was it and that I had found a mentor and environment that would challenge me, push me, and create growth. Was it going to be a tough sell day in and day out? Absolutely. Did I hunger for that kind of challenge? You bet! Read more>>

Kimberlee Kenyon

Follow your heart always. I don’t think life is meant to be stressful all the time or to go to a job you hate every day. Some people will take paths different than you and that is okay. That is for them, but what is for them won’t always be what is for you. If you don’t enjoy it, change your course and find what you enjoy. Read more>>

Elizabeth Pichardo

I took a photography class and I absolutely loved it. However, I was focused on my degree and thought my passion was Graphic Design. Sometime after graduation, I started a streetwear brand that required me to wear multiple hats. In order to promote the brand, I needed to capture photos of different models. Read more>>

Mina Desiderio

My mother found this location back in 2002 and asked me if I was interested in opening up a bar/restaurant. At the time, we had some experience in the business but not to level that we are now. Without doing any research I just said “yes.” With the help of Howard Soloman, we created The Local. Read more>>

Gabriela Avila

I would say that my story began probably the same as other people’s stories begin for them, wanting to do something that would benefit the community; in my case, it was a community of artists and collectors. Read more>>

Diana Lopez

My proudest project is my podcast Fent. Fent stands for Female Entrepreneurs. I interview ladies in Spanish and English, it’s the same brand, but two different podcast shows. I created this to get inspiration myself, learn from awesome ladies and share this knowledge with the audience. Read more>>

Jenea Sutton

My advice to any woman out there with a dream or a goal would be to start. Don’t think about the how, or the things that could get in your way. Just begin. Start asking questions, start with the things you can do versus the things you can’t, and see what it turns into. Read more>>

Dominique Scott

I moved from The Bay Area to San Diego in 2013 to pursue my bachelor’s degree at San Diego State. I graduated in May 2017 and had fallen so deeply in love with San Diego, I knew I couldn’t leave and move back home. After graduation, I worked as a part-time nanny and picked up a front desk position at a local indoor cycling studio for additional income. I’ve always had a love for fitness. Read more>>

Jennifer Delacruz

I always knew I wanted a career in communications. To do that, I had to go all in. I worked on my high school yearbook, wrote for a newspaper in college, and worked at a sports radio station after graduation. But I always had one goal in mind – I was going to be on TV. My dream was to be live, on the scene and in the action, talking to everyday people and telling their stories. Read more>>

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