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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.

Madison Jane

Originally I was a theater geek while growing up in Orange County. Until we moved to San Diego where my high school at the time didn’t have more than a small drama class. I lacked enthusiasm when it came to school, I tried home schooling which didn’t help much but allowed me time to have a job at a makeup counter. Something I loved most about theater was becoming someone else, the hair the makeup the costumes all sparked my creativity. Someone suggested I try my luck with beauty school. I’m so grateful my mom has always been my biggest support. She allowed me to test out of high school during my junior year and attend Oceanside College of Beauty. Read more>>

Cherry Thomas

My photography journey began in high school with film and the darkroom. It was a love that followed me into college though I never thought of truly pursuing it, happy with it just being a fun hobby. Though I studied literature my spare time was spent helping friends. Read more>>

Jaslynn Gasow

I continue to build upon my solid foundation of 13+ years of industry experience by attending advanced training around the country in order to deliver the latest trends to my guests. My hair philosophy has remained rooted in the sense of effortless beauty so I love to create low maintenance looks using color techniques such as babylights or balayage. Read more>>

Eva Belanger

We deliver each Veteran a clinical plan that includes opportunities to get acupuncture, yoga, nature excursions, while also ensuring opportunities for group therapy and training to teach them how trauma works in the body. Today I have the honor of continuing to serve the military but serving in the healing department. Read more>>

Helen Sugano

My love for design dates back to my summer days as a child when I would stay in and create masterpieces in a myriad of complex mediums such as Shrinky Dinks, Sand Art, Spirograph, BeDazzler, and Twirl-o-Paint. Read more>>

Jo Placencio

First & foremost, I’m a dedicated mother to my son, Danté. They say you never understand a mother’s love until you become one yourself, and they were right. Danté is and always will be the brightest light shining in my life. Read more>>

Kaneta Harmon

I noticed that there was a lack of women’s activewear clothing that was both functional AND fashionable. Thus, I launched Mia Brazilia, a San Diego-based women’s active wear and couture collection that blended a superior texture of wearable fabrics with innovative, cutting-edge designs. Read more>>

Gracie Fay

I have been working as a Senior Wardrobe Stylist for over four years, and with my love for clothing and creativity, I started hand making different pieces that I thought would be fun to wear myself. When I started posting it on Social Media via Instagram and Facebook. Read more>>

Sophia Valenzuela

What started out as a fun hobby suddenly transformed into more! I was soon playing at various birthdays and celebrations, multiple events at a couple of local gyms and even a family retreat dinner for a nonprofit organization. Read more>>

Kendra Williams

My entire career has been spent with huge Global corporations in the consumer packaged goods industry (Spectrum Brands, Mars, Heinz). I held various roles in sales and marketing through the years, and I was able to work with some large retail customers including Amazon, Petsmart, Petco, Safeway, Whole Foods, Walmart.comHomeDepot.comLowes.comChewy.com. Throughout my career, I have managed a variety of teams, customers and projects, and I have always focused on developing relationships with my employees as well as my customers. Read more>>

Shannon May Brown

I started photographing portraits when I was fifteen. Like many starting photographers, I saved up every penny I could to purchase a point-and-shoot Nikon camera. That summer, I photographed everything and anything I could. Read more>>

 

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