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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Diana Benavidez

I’ve always considered myself a deeply passionate community member. I grew up in a low-income working-class family comprised of a single mother and autistic brother. I also grew up transborder, I spent most of my childhood traveling from one country to another to receive better opportunities and education. Read more>>

Ashley Bruce

I graduated from SDSU with my degree in Design for Theater and Film. After working for many years in that profession, I left to have kids. In 2012, our family moved to North Park as an answer to a huge prayer we had been praying for about nine months. Every part of our prayer was answered and one of those pieces was that I would have the opportunity to teach art to kids. Read more>>

Neda Kerendian

I’ve been creating for as long as I can remember and I just never really stopped. It’s sort of like this underlying line of goodness throughout my life. Whether it was small drawings on my lunch break or a larger series that requires more brain space, creating is something that has always and will always be a part of me in some form. Read more>>

Maleny Becerra

The interest in learning to DJ and Produce had been there for years being that a lot of my close friends throughout the years have been DJs or Producers themselves. This allowed me to closely admire how someone can take on the responsibility to play or make the music they love and hope that people respond rightfully so. Read more>>

Analese Chinn

For as long as I can remember, I have always had my head in the clouds, coming up with different stories and visions in my mind to keep things interesting. I started my creative journey of self-expression through my fashion. Growing up, I would spend my free time styling my outfits and writing stories. Read more>>

Jacki Lake

I am a self-taught hand-lettering artist. I’ve loved lettering ever since I could hold a pencil and am still obsessed with all things that contain the alphabet! I was involved in student government in high school and college and always volunteered to make flyers and posters for events at school. Read more>>

Elizabeth Greene

I began meditating, which taught me to slow down my thoughts and observe the mind. I’ve developed bodily awareness and nervous system regulation through yoga and breathing intentionally. I study and learn and am always seeking to improve. I am firmly committed to my own personal growth. I’ve learned over time who I am and what I need to care for myself. Read more>>

Susan Tull and Jo Ann Molter

The two of us actually worked together decades ago, in the business world of all places. We bumped into each other out of the blue while taking ceramics classes back in 2017. With neither of us knowing what the other had been up to all those years, we had taken similar paths. Read more>>

Nikki Kae

I started off as a Brand Strategist, helping many business owners build their brands especially business owners in the resort, spa, medical, health, wellness and hospitality industry. As I was helping other owners built their businesses, I had an opportunity to learn about the spa industry, skincare in particular, more in-depth. Read more>>

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