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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.

Adriana Sandoval

Over the past year or so, I have been doing all these things and I have been able to meet so many new people along the way throughout this creative journey of mine. Recently, within the past few months, I branched out into a new journey in interior design. Read more>>

Nadia Contreras

Humanizing is her main focus to all her works outcome. So much so that she created a yearlong campaign called “Humanity 365” through People Over profits-SD. Becoming a mother as a teen made her speed up her knowledge on what today is her core work, activism, culture, and justice. Read more>>

Melanie Martinez

Being Filipino, traditional dishes were prepared. I was so intrigued by the different aromas and fragrances stemming from the kitchen, constantly observing everyone’s role, listening to the sizzle of the pan, the sound of knives hitting the cutting board, the opening and shutting of the fridge and oven door, even the side conversations and laughter as my family rabbled on about a certain topic. Read more>>

Karissa Barney Reckling

I have had the great pleasure of learning from incredible photographers and filmmakers while second shooting, as well as growing my own business as I document stories for non-profits and adventurous couples. After these six years, there is nothing else I can imagine myself doing. I absolutely love it. Read more>>

Savannah Turrietta

I stayed away from it. Styling was complicated, challenging and super intimidating to me and I just didn’t feel like I was good enough. But the lack in my industry left me wanting to learn more and create something I had only seen in the pages of magazines but couldn’t find a stylist to actually achieve it. Read more>>

Julianna Justo

I used to turn in my homework covered in doodles. I worked in the tattoo industry for years and realized I wanted to open my own tattoo shop. This wasn’t just any regular job to me, this was a way of life and I wanted to give people the best experience possible while doing what I love. Read more>>

Summer McCullough

After I start posting my modeling pictures, I started getting a whole bunch of messages from photographers wanting to plan photo shoots! I thought I was doing modeling here, and there. But then, I started getting messages from clothing companies wanting me to model their clothing! Now. Read more>>

Sarah Marcela

Giving yourself space to breathe and grow will aid in fostering a positive space where you can manifest your future success, make positive connections and keep your attitude on track so that you will not only make it to your goal but get there with confidence and in one piece. Read more>>

Chelsea Jenna

I have been doing more of this year, especially with senior portfolio deadlines, graduation, and travel plans, it has kept me on track and following my planned out a timeline. It is time to start finding that inner motivation and putting that energy into things you want to see some to fruition. Read more>>

Lizbeth Perez

Many times, I thought about acquiring a part-time job to create income for myself. I never got a chance to apply for another job because every time it came to mind, more referrals would come through the door. My advice to women when starting a business is definitely to not get discouraged. After the storm, the sun always comes out, therefore hard work always off. Read more>>


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