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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.

Melinh Nguyen

I’ve always loved working with plants. It’s probably because my father is a botanist and his backyard in La Jolla has 25+ different types of fruits and vegetables. But unfortunately, I do not have the space nor the green thumb like he does. However, tillandsias (air plants) require very little work or even water for that matter. Read more>>

Sheila Smith

I’m a single mom of two beautiful young energetic boys! I’m 37 and born-n-raised in San Diego! Basically, I just love food. I’m a big foodie at heart, but after feeling sick from the foods I loved for over 15 years, things had to change. I’ve been tested for everything under the sun and doctors could never figure out why I had constant flu-like symptoms consisting of sore throats, achy body/joints, runny noses and overall feeling like a run down old car. Read more>>

Renata Medeiros

As a home stay mom, it felt like I was missing something… and as much as I wanted to go back to work, I also was enjoying watching my kids grow right in front of my eyes and I didn’t want to change that! So, I figured I had to approach a different field and find a work from home kind of job, I also really wanted to follow my passion, which is fashion and then after looking for jobs I decided to give Instagram and blogging a chance! Read more>>

Sue Anne Cho

I was getting my Master’s degree in piano performance and for the first time in my life, I started questioning my career path. Around the same time, Instagram had just launched (2010) and I was the first of all my friends to know about it! I loved taking photos and editing them – it was a hobby that eventually became my dream job.  Read more>>

Jasmine Perry

I go by 33jazzygirl on Instagram! I grew up a very shy girl, I didn’t want to do anything my parents wanted me to do. I always did what I wanted, such as the sports I wanted to do etc. I never enjoyed high school very much but then, college came and I feel like I blossomed! My parents divorced at the same time, I was going through a bad break up and that really took a lot out of me! Read more>>

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