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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.

Destiny Roxas

My degree has a history focus, American Indian Studies, and I was intent on becoming a curator – I was working in the Museum of Man’s curatorial department prior to graduating. But I’ve always had a background in hospitality, specifically restaurants and serving. Read more>>

Lisa Rooney

As I saw the insides of people every day through imaging, I realized that I wanted the ability to help people prior to meeting them there, at the hospital. I was competing in fitness at the time and started getting questions about proper nutrition and nutrition to get lean. Read more>>

Sivan Ayla Richards

I spent years publishing content with little to no readers, but I think my love for blogging is why it eventually turned into a career for me. I started gaining some traction around the time I got married in Greece and from there I decided to dedicate myself to my blog full time. It was a huge risk to take at the time but the best decision I ever made. Read more>>

Krezette Kae Guerrero

I have always dreamed of becoming a model since I was a kid. One time, a friend of mine has asked me to come to join her photo shoot, and ever since then, I got super into it. After that, I started attending the photo meet-ups for fun and collaborated with some photographers through Instagram. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to be able to do what I love and showcase my creativity through photography. Read more>>

Angie Rafailakis

I worked in the corporate world and started by planning company events. I quickly realized that my favorite part of my job was planning events. I started helping my friends more with their social events (weddings, showers, etc.) and with their referrals I found myself planning more and more social events outside of my regular 9-5 job. In 2015, I had my son and decided not to go back to my corporate job. Read more>>

Nicki Kash

I was in the 3rd grade, and I sang “Good Morning Baltimore,” from Hairspray. I knew that night that I wanted to sing. I wanted to sing for the rest of my life. Right after that, I started vocal lessons, and I got the amazing opportunity at 13 years old to sing a solo with a cappella choir to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall! Flash forward, I’m now 16 years old, and I’m pursuing my dream. Read more>>

Stephanie Jones

For the first three years of my post-college life, I worked as a financial analyst at Wells Fargo. It was exciting at first. I was a big girl with a big girl job. I had my own perfectly organized desk and my own computer where I got to sit and learn from all of the knowledgeable finance men I worked with. I would think to myself, “I love work.” Read more>>

Naomie Tremblay

I love photography but it started organically and was never part of a bigger ‘career plan’. I am the kind of person who has hundreds of ideas daily (for photo projects or other creative ideas in other fields). About a year ago, I had the chance to meet with an amazing branding studio called Le Billyclub; the chemistry was great and our ideas matched so well. Read more>>

Andrea Miller

Firstly, I was 32 and it dawned on me that I wasn’t getting any younger. So, with the intent of getting more “serious” about dating, I tried online for the first time. The verdict? It was terrible! I quickly realized that it wasn’t niching enough for me. I knew I had to start with my #1 non-negotiable – finding someone who TRULY lived an active lifestyle like me. Read more>>

Tori Brillantes

My fitness and wellness began in my mid 20’s after I learned my mother was diagnosed with the disease Lupus. At that time, it was not clear if Lupus was hereditary, but I saw the toll it was taking on my mother. I decided, if this disease is going to be a possibility for me to get, I was going to become as healthy as I could so I could fight it as best as I could. Read more>>


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