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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.

Jaki Sabourin

I spent 25 years in spiritual and self-discovery while living on the magical island of Maui. It was in this transcendental environment that I began my training as a Communication Specialist, and immersed myself deeply into the studies of meditation and personal awareness. Read more>>

Ashley Constans

For ten years, I worked in the events industry, planning and producing events. I owned my own business with my ex for four years, before we decided to part ways. I was always drawn to the nonprofit industry and was able to run the events division for Meals on Wheels for a few years before I got burnt out on events. Read more>>

Chitra Gopalakrishnan

After finishing high school in Kuwait (where my parents lived and worked in the 90s), I studied graphic design at the ESAG Penninghen in Paris France from 1999-2004. One of my favorite things about the curriculum at this school was the focus on design fundamentals in addition to three types of drawing: life drawing, analytic drawing, observation drawing. This allowed me a lot of flexibility in using my graphic design skills on a variety of projects from here on out. Read more>>

Elma Joy Trinidad

I am a person who never had a straight answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My response would usually be similar to “Something that doesn’t exist yet/you haven’t heard of before.” Some may think this is because I am indecisive but in truth, it is because I believe in the power of possibility and that people are multidimensional. Read more>>

Amy Richardson

From an early age, I was introduced to the creativity of makeup through my days dancing and performing as a child. My love of performing carried into college, where I studied as a theatre arts major and relished all my classes learning about theatrical and character makeup. Read more>>

Kaylee Goff

I used to be afraid of so much. As a young girl, I was a dreamer. There was so much I wanted of life but I didn’t possess the skills to process and communicate my thoughts, desires, and dreams. I was quiet and afraid. The only intention that I was confident enough to verbalize was that I loved animals, and one day, I would be a veterinarian. Read more>>

Hannah Erickson

I was receiving an amazing education learning about face structures, consultations, body language, cutting techniques, and all of these amazing things that were going to shape my future. Something that money can’t buy. I was coming to work every single day inspired by my dream to make it in the beauty industry. Moving to San Diego I did not know anybody. Read more>>

Morgan King

I always knew I was meant for something different, however, I had no clue what that would look like or what ‘something different’ even meant. I just knew that I was confused about my future and I felt as though I was the only one. I grew up in a very small town of only 2,000 people, and when I would share the large aspirations and desires I had for my life. Read more>>

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