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Trailblazers: La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Anna McAlister

Most of my life, I have had big dreams about my future and always wanted to start my own business. My parents both had their own businesses and I strongly believe they had a huge influence on my life path. I am grateful for their support and encouragement as I continued to envision a business that I would create, build and use as a platform to create a positive impact. Read more>>

Dalanne Bartlett and Samantha Ashline

Dalanne comes from an extensive history of pool people in her family. Dalanne’s grandfather started his own pool business in 1959 and as generations grew so did the business. In 2019 Dalanne finally decided that it was time to retire from running with Adidas and start her own business. Dalanne decided to team up with Samantha Ashline who handles all website design, social media, marketing and branding. Read more>>

Michelle Zygmont

Life has a way of surprising us. As it turns out, I’m a little more adventurous than I even thought possible. I was never much of a dreamer, and I don’t have huge goals and aspirations. I grew up in a small farming community, and the world was pretty small to me. I never thought of living abroad; I didn’t even think of traveling much. Somewhere along the way, life took a detour that I was not expecting. Read more>>

RC Colón

BMX Racer, mother of four, photographer, bike advocate, and mentor. I am originally from Lima, Peru. I was introduced to BMX by my brother in 1987. I was nine or ten at the time, and he and his friend thought I’d like it, so they talked me into checking out the local races. He was right. I loved it! I told my Dad I wanted to ride and I started racing using my brother’s GT, which was entirely too big for me. Read more>>

Paula Mendez

After exploring kids’ fashion in Spain, London and now California, I was very inspired and determined to create my own kid’s label. I had a very clear idea on my mind of what I wanted and what was missing in the market. With passion and a lot of work Summer in May was born with a slow fashion philosophy. We strive to be as gender-neutral as possible in the coziest designs. Read more>>

Kinjal Kurani

I moved to the United States when I was sixteen and was enrolled into junior year of high school as soon as I moved. At that age, all I wanted to do was have fun and be around with my friends. However, I started feeling lonely as I had no idea that making friends here would be so hard. I had no social group of my own except for my family for up-to a year. Read more>>

Emily Monette Perry

Throughout the last five years, my passion for healing, wellness and beauty have shifted, twisted, and grown in ways I never could have imagined. My own healing journey has led me down a path of teaching and guiding others, and it is in this space that I have learned to combine my passion for both inner and outer beauty. Read more>>

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