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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.

Jessica Buckner-Knai

If growing up in solace develops a curious mind, then the adolescence that I spent in Kansas made me a dreamer in the true sense. Living hundreds of miles from the nearest museum, I never got to see the artwork that I so dearly idolized so turned inward and studied art through reading and collecting music. Read more>>

Kacie Brennell

I’ve always loved to write, and I’ve always loved having an audience even more. When I found myself discouraged and dissatisfied in a job that did not fulfill me, I knew I had to get back to doing what I love – communicating and connecting. Read more>>

Jessica Taylor

I am finally at a great place and want to provide a platform to promote self-love to everyone. I strive to present a place for women to enjoy themselves for a few minutes a day and remind themselves to do something they love and shine with confidence. I create my content to inspire and empower others. Read more>>

Melody Moteabbed

I’ve honestly been blogging since I was 10. Whether the big platform at the time was Xanga, Tumblr or even MySpace, I’ve been writing my thoughts and presenting them to the world for a long time. Actually putting in the effort to create my own website — Read more>>

Anna McAlister

I have always believed that every person is born with unique strengths, but that many people find it challenging to discover them. Identifying our strengths and unique talents is key to living a joyful life and designing a rewarding career. Read more>>

Elena Fikhman

My career as a nail technician began 2 years ago. I completed 400 hours in one of the local schools in San Diego, received my State Board license, and was ready for a big journey. After receiving the proper documentation in the US, I went to Russia to get a good technique. Read more>>

Neue Leung

I have always had a passion for fashion. If I am wearing something I don’t feel comfortable in or which I don’t think I look good, it totally affects the way I feel. It is so important to me that I carefully plan my outfits everyday for work, weekends, and vacations. Read more>>

Juliana Rintoul

I started in 2013 organizing a fashion contest at my daughters elementary school called fashion mom. We raised over 10 thousand dollars and during the production of the event I decided to go to college to get a degree on fashion merchandising. Read more>>

Veronika Sudderth

At 25 years old, I just knew it was time to change my career and go into the beauty industry. I obtained a great education at Paul Mitchell, the school and became a licensed cosmetologist. Making women, men and children look and feel good was rewarding and fun! Read more>>

Lisa Haile

I can make a difference in helping non-profit research institutes, companies and investors take life-saving diagnostics and therapeutics forward through the clinic and into the market and into patients’ hands. Read more>>

Yvonne Dao Burkart

My first experience with crystal healing came in 2015 after a decade-long struggle with hormone imbalances and debilitating stress and anxiety. I found myself completely drained of energy and could barely function because of terrible brain fog. Read more>>


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