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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.

NIkala Ollar

My journey into the events world is a little different than most, as you seem most people that end up here dream of doing events from a young age, and they feel that they have a calling. Me, on the other hand, I had other dreams. I dreamed of being a cop, I thought that was called. Read more>>

Carmel Moreno

After high school, I attended Purdue University but had no idea what I wanted to do. I must have changed my major 10 times! After discussing things with my family my sister said, “I can totally see you being a hairstylist.” That comment planted the seed and so I went and checked out a local cosmetology school. Read more>>

Sarah Staples

My mission is to empower as many women as possible by showing them that they are fully capable of overcoming limiting beliefs and mental blockages through movement. My method will guide them to gain confidence by becoming stronger mentally and physically. Read more>>

Stacy Barnes

I’m a marketing strategist for personal brands, coaches and consultants. I help brands get clear on confident on their marketing strategy. I host a weekly podcast that helps entrepreneurs move one step closer to their marketing goals. Read more>>

Sophia Ruis Vigil

I am located on the borderline of Santee in El Cajon in the East County area. At the age of 16, I became a teen parent and dropped out of high school. I returned after I had my first child and got my GED. I went to Dental Assisting School and became a Registered Dental Assistant. I did that for a few years. Read more>>

Dawn Icart

I became popular from the makeup technique I did on myself. I had a request from people to do weddings and fashion shows. I feel I leaped into makeup and fell in love! Read more>>

Stephanie Wirkus

I have always known I’ve wanted to do hair. From a young age, I was influenced by my Aunt who was a hairdresser for many years. I was constantly intrigued by everything she did, and I was always practicing on myself and sisters. Read more>>

Mili Shah

I always loved health and the human body and had originally planned to study medicine after completin my bachelors. After seeing my parents struggle with their health, and watch doctors struggle with their care, I realized that practicing medicine in that way was not my calling.  Read more>>

Rainey rivera

Started doing makeup more intensely a few years ago. I have always had a passion for it and finally a few years ago went for it and started working with a local photographer. Doing this helped boost my confidence a little more with my art. Read more>>

Hollie Tracey

I always had a personal instagram account that I would use to upload photos of me and my friends, but I never thought of using it as a form of self expression until I started following other accounts with similar interests to me. Read more>>

Allison Kelley

Marketing has always been a passion of mind because it is business oriented and requires creativity. Through my experience working full-time, I found myself looking for a creative outlet. I wanted a platform I could call my own, something that would inspire me and others. Read more>>


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