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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.

Lana Phillippi

Essential Medicine was created by my husband Chris and me in 2018. I personally began my journey as a healer at 19 years old studying massage therapy on the Big Island, Hawaii, then later continued my education at The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Read more>>

Chelsea Huynh

I’ve always had a wanderlust heart. Knowing that there was more to see beyond my small scope. I started traveling when I was small, my dad worked a large corporate job that allowed my Mom, Sister and I to travel with him to jobs when my sister and I were out of school. Read more>>

Stephanie Xelowski

I am – self-employed and helping my clients make one of the biggest decisions of their lives. The old saying goes, “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Well, I work and grind every single day – this career is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the most rewarding. Read more>>

Allison Weisman

I try to recreate many of the desserts I still remember from those bakeries I visited as a child. I do cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, cakes, truffles, and other items as well. I specialize in corporate and other events such as mitzvahs, weddings, showers, etc. My philosophy remains that my desserts must taste as good as they look! Read more>>

Julisha Kim

I quickly put my determination into actions. In January 2018, I began a new Instagram dedicated to hand lettering. Every day, I studied letters and crafted my skills. I read numerous articles and listened to countless podcasts on creativity, hand lettering. Read more>>

Linda Schwartz

I came into work and had a few minutes to spare before I opened up the office. I decided to let myself dream a little. At the time, my biggest fantasy was to sell everything and eat my way around the world. A super lofty dream that a lot of people have when they’re stressed out. I just wanted to get away for a while. Read more>>

Callie Ahern

How many volunteers have been working with you since you started? I currently have two makeup artists as well as myself and six photographers who have donated time and talents to this project. Per event, I like to have two makeup artists on hand and 1 photographer. Read more>>

Jacqueline Kirschner

My passion for hair didn’t start until my family and friends suggested I start offering hairstyling services since I was always learning new hairstyles also via YouTube tutorials. I then began getting booked for prom, quinceañeras, weddings, and other special events. Read more>>

Casey Browar

After two years of interior design school, I left to focus on my business full-time. At the age of 25, I started my business, Collective Interiors. One job led to others through word of mouth and I organically found my niche in the high-end interior design sector. Read more>>

Jenna Zabrosky

There was something so special about this community and the peace that I found on the four corners of my mat. It was like the rest of the day just melted away, during that seventy-five minutes, and I was left feeling renewed and refreshed. I knew early on that I wanted to become certified and to be able to share this practice with as many people as I could. Read more>>


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