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Trailblazers: East San Diego

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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Trish Watlington

Farming has been a part of my being since I was a tiny child. Our suburban yard was adjacent to a huge cornfield. Just down the street was a farm co-op where neighbors could buy tractors. Read more>>

Nikki Tingle

In this chapter of my story, I am a wife (10 years this month woop woop!), a mother of 2 awesome boys, ages 6 and 8 (that we have somehow managed to keep alive), an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Kylie Young

It all started with dance for me. I began dancing at the age of 2, so by middle school, I was very comfortable being on stage. When I was in 6th grade, a teacher of mine suggested that I try out for the school musical. Read more>>

Ariana Kier

As a kid who spent a whole lot of time rolling around in dirt, collecting rocks, sticks and handfuls of mud, it was obvious when I sat down in front of clay for the first time at an art class in high school that pottery was my art form. Read more>>

Tracy Aleksic, E-R.Y.T.500

Tracy was an inquisitive and precocious child. Always the one to advocate for the underdog, because her mother is empathetic and compassionate, and her father revered her uniqueness, mental fortitude, and sharp intellect. Read more>>

Katie Lafferty

I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania on a farm. I was raised by a single mother after losing my father to lung cancer at age 12. I lacked a lot of motivation, positivity and was depressed for many years. Throughout high school. Read more>>

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