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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.

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>>

Bonnie Reddick

My path to my undergraduate degree can be best described as a lot of stops and starts, riddled with trauma, the death of my mother and my husband, raising two children alone, and having to work a full-time job. It took me forever, but I never gave up. I eventually earned my B.A. in Africana Studies, and I immediately enrolled in an M.A. program in English. I did not have definitive goals at the time. Read more>>

Hannah Trujillo

I actually was a figure skater as a kid. My poor parents woke up at 4 am to take me to the ice rink to train, and then to school, and then back to the ice rink and then home for dinner and repeat. When I was about ten, I was cast in Actors Theatre Phoenix’s -The Pillowman-. Read more>>

Shadi Karbasi

Ever since I can remember, I loved clothing and design. I would have ideas for what I wanted to wear to every event and try to match the design in my head to something in a store. Throughout the years, I found it hard to find exactly what I would want and would get frustrated not being able to find what I wanted in a store or even online. Read more>>

Ashley Osborn

When I was a teenager, I spent most of my time in Minneapolis attending as many local shows as I possibly could. I didn’t have much else to do. I was really bullied and didn’t have a lot of friends growing up. I was the “emo” kid and I proudly loved Fall Out Boy, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, etc. When I turned 18 and graduated high-school. Read more>>

Imani Sumter

My name is Imani-Kelai Sumter and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I was born and raised in Harbor City and Inglewood. I have a twin brother (everyone is always surprised by that). I went to Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy on the campus of Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington and I can safely say that was the beginning of the preparation of the life I live now. Read more>>

Yvette Angulo

Born and raised in San Diego, Yvette was primarily involved in the local theatre community when she first began acting. She has performed in many shows, including performances at renowned Equity theatres such as La Jolla Playhouse and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Read more>>

Sarah Bekele

I started my own podcast and production crew after I realized my professor was just out for me to be honest. Failed me And the entire class knew it wasn’t right so I decided you know what I’ve don’t internships from ESPN to Z90 to GohamRadio it’s time I invest in myself! I’m a first-generation American; my family is from Ethiopia. Read more>>

Leeanne Antonio

I have been fascinated with creativity my whole life. I tinker here and there with crafting. I can easily step in for things like producing, art directing and copywriting. But I also have the natural ability to connect subjects, things, ideas and people. As a kid, I was always an avid reader – I went to the library often. Read more>>

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