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Trailblazers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mariyan Bahadarakhann

I was born in a Refugee Camp in Cambodia and moved to America at the age of 2. I was raised by a single mom who barely spoke English. My mom raised 7 AMAZING daughters by herself in a one bedroom downtown Chicago apartment. Read more>>

Victoria Hamelin

ArteTranslation was born as the project of my sister and I, after I got involved in her audiovisual translation business 14 years ago. To achieve our goals we’ve partnered with top-notch translators and proof-readers. Read more>>

Chida Rebecca Warren-Darby

I am considered a second-generation publisher. My family owns San Diego’s oldest and largest African American newspaper called The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper, which is now in its 60th year. Read more>>

Melissa Dixon

When a middle school teacher asked the class “what do you want to be when you grow up?” my answer was something along the lines of wanting to be a fashion photographer. Yes, at 12 years old my dream job was to take photos for magazines. Read more>>

Ariana LaRae Wiley

Born and raised in Maryland, Ariana found love for architecture and art at a young age. Her Dad’s love of Frank Lloyd Wright and Vincent Gogh and really helped influence her transition into Design. Ariana earned her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design Graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Read more>>

Alysse Hogan

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been into food. But it’s never been just about eating food for me because to me, food represents so much more. Food represents culture and inspired much of my travels, food represents family and close friends. Read more>>

Jamie Kromm

It all began when I joined a health and wellness network marketing company in October 2015 that opened my eyes to entrepreneurship and personal development. At the time, I was an unhappy, stuck, and stressed middle school teacher and basketball/track coach in rural Illinois. Read more>>

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