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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.

East San Diego

As women, we haven’t had space to have our voices heard for so long, and finally, now everyone is breaking their shell and speaking out, so I’m very proud to be part of this movement, giving a voice to other women. Read more>>

Raquel Silva

My goal was to eventually work for MAC Cosmetics because it was the leading makeup brand known to train the best artists. That goal became reality at age 21. I started at MAC as a freelance artist and worked my way all the way to management. Read more>>

Melissa Fitoria-Figueroa

An appreciation for art has run in our family for as long as I can remember. As little girls, my sister and I we were always involved in musicals and arts in our local church. I think seeing our father be so handy, lets us make and create our little hearts out. Read more>>

Carnie Chung

Hip Hip Hooray dot Love is a group of friends with an eye and love for design. We started the event collection as a way to serve our church body (our church is full of young adults and many newly engaged couples) – there was a need and we made the moves to satisfy them. Our company boasts many talented, motivated partners who challenge one another to build each other up. With our solid foundation, we complete every event joyfully and well. Read more>>

Jennifer Nascimento

I realized language isn’t my true passion and wanted to connect with people on a deeper level. So, this has led me back to the field of psychology and onto the path of becoming certified in Positive Psychology and yoga! Read more>>

Leticia Garcia

I’ve always been attracted to makeup. I love art; all kinds of art. Makeup is my way to express myself and my therapy. I started to do full face looks about 2 years ago. And I absolutely love what I can transform my face into. Read more>>

Sabrina Phetsany

I fell in love with the industry, and I fell in love with the fact that I had the power to make someone feel beautiful again. The look on someones face after their transformation is priceless. Now I am currently working at Millicent and Company Salon! Read more>>

Ali Ross

Although I always kept writing and eventually started sketching, it was only recently that I made the decision to finally give it a real shot. I had always worried about things like, what if I’m not any good? What if it doesn’t look right? What if no one reads my work? And then I got some advice from a fellow artist. Read more>>

Maggie Townsley

I dove into my Doula training in 2017 and have been taking care of families ever since. It has proven to be my soul work; empowering birthing people, taking the fear out of this very normal bodily function, and surrounding myself with people who have similar goals of improving maternal health in this country. Read more>>

Ashley Callahan

After receiving my license in 2012, I went right into booth rent which presented many challenges from the starting gate. I got a side job working at a bank just to make ends meet and before I knew it, I was working in a dead end corporate job, no longer pursuing my dream. Read more>>

Monica Zech

My passion for safety brought me to a job with the El Cajon Fire Department as their Public Information Officer (PIO), Safety Educator and Fire Prevention specialist. In less than 5 years I was asked to be the PIO for the City of El Cajon. I said yes, if I could keep my safety role – they agreed. Read more>>

Salina Neou

I did the hardest thing I ever had to do in my entire life… I kissed my family goodbye, packed up my SUV, and drove across country to California. I had no idea what was going to happen, all I know was that it felt right… Read more>>

Renee Malalallah

Having a law degree background from Europe, I always loved the law branch. In the real estate industry, it’s not only about showing houses there is a lot of paperwork involved as well. I made the career switch because I could have both worlds of socializing and paperwork. Read more>>

Anne Richardson

I created a spiritual recovery group called Not Alone so that other women can live in hope and freedom. This is a 12 session small closed group. Women are able to share their stories in a safe environment while learning various practices to bring about deeper healing. Read more>>


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