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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.

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>>

Keili Fernando

Growing up, my family instilled in me that it’s okay to share what I’m experiencing and feeling through a creative outlet because what I create might just inspire someone else. I hold that close to me every day and do my best to make each day count. I know my elders went through a lot to bring my family over to the States. Read more>>

Sarah Cooper

I used to be the skinny-fat girl who would only venture to the cardio section of the workout area. It took a lot for me to muster up the courage and finally face the weight room. Once I started becoming familiar with resistance training, I developed more confidence and a willingness to push my limits. Read more>>

Lorena Isabell

Lorena Isabell was born in Santiago, Chile on September 18, 1970, and was baptized under the name of Lorena Isabel Guzmán Vargas. From a very young age, Lorena showed a great interest in music, causing her to teach herself guitar that years later she was able to translate to other Latino American string instruments such as the Cuatro and tiple. Read more>>

Jess Wang

I was a drummer when I was super young and after I moved to US for college from China, I immediately dived into the EDM and general music scene and fell in love with it. I started DJing as Js.DOPAAH in 2017ish in San Diego, and just working hard socializing and networking, talk and learn from many talented people. Read more>>

May Bloemers

Ever since I was a little girl, I was always busy with interior design, moving around furniture in my bedroom, styling my first apartment on a budget when going to college and later renovating and furnishing my own home. Growing up in Breda, a small historic town in the Netherlands, I got my inspiration from the beautiful architecture and nature around me. Read more>>

Danielle Wu

In 2017, I was hit with a double wakeup call when two of my closest loved ones were diagnosed with cancer. It changed my perspective in two ways. The first being that life can be unexpectedly short and the second is that I wanted to take better care of myself and the world around me in order to live a healthy and more fulfilling life. Read more>>

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