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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.

Suzanna Beltz

My Husband (Billy) and I opened a meadery in the Miralani Makers Disctrict, a booming craft beverage community nestled in San Diegos Miramar area. We make complex, slightly carbonated, delicious meads that show case unique honey varietals and a range of flavors. Read more>>

Phoebe Nguyen

I have always wanted to become an artist but never had the opportunity to pursue a career in art. I graduated with a double major in Psychology and Sociology in 2011. For 4 years, I was confused with where I wanted to take my career. Read more>>

Elizabeth (Liz) Shaw MS RDN CLT CPT

My passion for nutrition was sparked after I sought treatment for an eating disorder. The multidisciplinary team which included an RDN was crucial in helping me establish a positive, healthy relationship with food again. This pivotal moment >>as a young teen helped shape my future career path… Read more>>

Dijana Fiorentino

While attending college full time for my degree in psychology and writing research papers on Jung, Carl, and Freud, my jewelry line began gaining attention from prominent fashion photographers and local boutiques began carrying my one of a kind pieces. Read more>>

Shavon Lindley

My career began in the financial services industry where I was one of three women in the Southern California office. I was the #1 top performing advisor for the region within my first 2 years and due to my success was asked to start training and mentoring the new hires. Read more>>

Kadi Goodheart

I moved to Los Angeles and attended CSUN for my BA in Deaf Studies and my MA in Communication…now I own a kitchen. We joke about how my career took a total 180° turn. So here’s how… Read more>>

Nina Camille

I was running a destination music event business – but I felt out of alignment and unfulfilled. I knew I wanted to give more of my heart to the world. I started working with a coach, did my yoga teacher training certification… Read more>>

Charyse Montante

With almost 10 years of experience as a Senior Financial Analyst, I spend most of my days using the left side of my brain. As much as I LOVE my day job, I’ve always yearned for a creative outlet as I believe the key to a harmonious mind, body, and soul is… Read more>>

Kim C Villa

My mom didn’t find my hobby as amusing because I wasn’t old enough to pay for my own developing. This love of photography only increased after my first photo class in High School. Upon graduating I wanted to pursue photography as a career but worried I would not make it. Read more>>

Michelle Nguyen

I had no idea how many brow artists there were but I learned not to be afraid of the competition. The beauty industry might be saturated but at the end of the day, we are all working towards the same goals. Just stay humble, work hard, and everything will fall into place. Read more>>

Scarlet of milleniGAL

I’ve always loved to write, ever since I was a kid so blogging made sense to me. I blog/post about things I’m passionate about such as beauty (makeup, skincare, etc…), travel, fashion and life as a 20 something-year-old.  Read more>>

Jenn Kolinski

Our story’s beginning was when I was looking for art to decorate our soon-to-be baby girl’s nursery, and couldn’t find anything that was exactly right. I have always cared about personalized design—making a house feel like a home—and my husband has always been an artist. Read more>>


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