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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.

Jacqueline De Freitas

My name is Jacqueline and I am a marketing manager and influencer here in San Diego. How I got started doing this is a little different than the average person, but I actually started out with a food and wine blog! At the time of me wanting to blog and influence followers, I was living just south of the border in Valle de Guadalupe. I was a bed & breakfast owner with no marketing experience and self-taught how to spread the word about my little B&B. As time passed I realized my love for marketing, making things pretty, organized and I also saw the value in putting myself in photos for monetization purposes. Read more>>

Tymeshia Randolph

I am a Nurse with a passion for photography and marketing. My love for photography is rooted deeply in family, as I was able to heavily purse concert photography by working alongside my older brother, a very talented artist here in Los Angeles. I began my photography career by taking photos of my brother for his social media. In effort to be a greater asset to my brother’s career, I learned marketing, social media management and mass media. It was then I realized my natural born knack for creating connections and marketing. Read more>>

Xenia Guido

This is my life. I travel, I teach yoga, and I am in love. Life has not always been this smooth though. I’ve been heartbroken, over-worked, and I have felt very alone, as a business owner, as an immigrant, and as a woman. Read more>>

Ann Degischer

I guess I’ve always been moving toward where I am today. For as long as I can remember I always enjoyed creating things with my hands. Drawing and painting when I was really young, then I started sewing when I was a teen, I started college as a fashion design major. Read more>>

Karen Kerschmann

When I was younger, my goal was to become an attorney, so I spent most of my undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota with that mindset. My senior year, I decided that the last tick on my ‘to do’ list was to add some community service to add to my law school applications. Close to campus was a neighborhood center that provided summer and after-school recreation for the local kids, and I began to volunteer a few hours a week. Read more>>

Natasha Tricoche

I am an English professor at San Diego City College. I generally teach ESL English, but sometimes, I teach writing classes to native speakers as well. Being an ESL English professor really is a dream come true for me! For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a young child, I would even play “school” with my family and friends. I guess you could say that I was destined for this career path! Read more>>

Melissa Bersamina

Through my company, Modern Goddess, I heal and inspire women to step up into their feminine power, to follow their bliss, and to live life in health and full love of themselves. Essentially, I help women see what amazing Goddesses we are! Read more>>

Michelle Watson

I learned by listening. I learned through discussions with other business owners, asking questions and advice. As I learned more, it became my passion to share advice with other entrepreneurs who wish to learn from my experiences, and my vision for DREAM | DRIVEN. Read more>>

Billiekai M. Boughton

I started searching for solutions and implementing them in my life. When something didn’t work, I tried it a different way, sought feedback and kept going. I tried several treatments and programs and have managed to recover a great deal, however I am still reaching for that 100% recovery goal. Read more>>

Leah Pantéa

Pursuing a career in the fine arts has required strength and tenacity, so most of my journey to this point has been dusting myself off, and decidedly trying again! I have been on this path for quite a while with a lot of uphill battles, thankfully I am in a season of gaining momentum. Read more>>


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