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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 Cui

I started my food Instagram about a year ago, and it was mainly out of boredom. I graduated from college three years ago and have since been working as a software engineer. Although working in tech is as exciting as it sounds, my life outside of work was not nearly as fulfilling. I felt the need for a hobby, and that’s when my food Instagram took shape. Read more>>

Claire Gonzales

Blue Latitudes was founded to investigate sustainable alternatives to oil and gas decommissioning, specifically pertaining to the “Rigs-to-Reefs” program. Beneath the surface, oil rigs foster a vast and unique habitat, one that will be completely destroyed through traditional decommissioning practices. As a Marine Scientist for Blue Latitudes, I strive to preserve this habitat. Read more>>

Christine Ng

If I can give a piece of advice to other women out there who are just starting their journey, I would say that they should definitely go out there and surround themselves with people who have the same passion and hobby like them. Not only they would gain more friends, but they could be a part of a community that they could build together by doing what they love. Read more>>

Laura Cooper

I started my “career” after starting my family. I was literally working two hours before I had my youngest child. Seriously, there are pictures of me on my laptop in between contractions. How boss is that? I take the strengths that I’ve been given as a woman and apply it to how I work. Read more>>

Tamara Renee

Driven by my insatiable curiosity over the past three decades has allowed me to explore numerous health modalities in the professional health and beauty care industry. Starting out with my own health challenges and then to help others with their own. Read more>>

Hannah Curtis

As newlyweds in a new area, we spent time in the mountains, camping and seeing all the nature Idaho has to offer. I took that time to get to know my camera and found that portraiture was for me. I am drawn to children, always have been, and I started narrowing in on family photography. Read more>>

Malia Manglicmot

People start trying to figure out who they are and what they want to do. It seems like everyone has their life figured out, but you. On Instagram, I see these amazing entrepreneurs, business owners, and creatives. It’s difficult to not compare myself to these successful, intelligent, creative people. And I wonder what I could do with my own creativity and where I belong. Read more>>


I realized that reaching my potential and fulfilling my purpose would change our lives for the better, I owed it to the both of us to get my *bleep* up and change. Right on the wall of that motel room, I began rewriting my narrative, I put a plan together for money, a new job, my and my healing. However, I took more hits with the divorce, I filed for various reasons, but nonetheless. Read more>>

Julie Diaz

I thought that I was until we learned that our then 9-year-old son had the early stages of fatty liver disease. We were shocked. Fortunately, his doctor recommended a change of diet, which we started immediately with eating more fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of whole grains. Within four months upon further testing, there were no more signs of fatty liver disease. Read more>>

Kerry Lee

I finally started taking images of others besides them. I built my business very slowly and it’s still a part-time gig for me. My goal for 2019 is to continue to grow my business with fun, diverse clients who are open to documenting the emotional connections they have with their loved ones. Read more

Jacqueline “Jax” Burbage

I have been bi-coastal to support her and the business in a minimal role And teaching yoga now full time. My new friend Melody Le Goff and I hit it off immediately and having so many things in common with our work ethics and business savviness she invited me to join her on her business endeavor with Mindful Mob. Read more>>

Phoebe Tran

I would recommend reaching out to more experienced stylists and asking if you could assist them with any gigs. It’s important to invest in building experience, even if it’s not the most lucrative path in the short term. It will eventually pay off. Read more>>


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