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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.

Gina Marie Pauling

I started doing makeup 5 years ago as a fun hobby! I’ve been a fine artist and a painter for as long as I can remember. My mom was extremely artistic and always encouraged me to explore my creative options, so when I started working in cosmetics I jumped at the opportunity to paint faces. Read more>>

Amanda Etter

My passion for lifelong learning, both in and out of the classroom, dedication to fellow military-connected students, and my ambitious nature instilled by the Marine Corps is what has gotten me to where I am. Read more>>

Hannah Huante

My blog started, at first, as a way for me to cope with the fact that I hated college my freshmen year (I am now going into my senior year at USD). I missed home (Orange County), even though it was close and I hadn’t made any friends so I was very lonely. Read more>>

Lianna Gem

I put a lot of hard work and sweat into where I am today. It’s all about networking and working hard and loving what you do. Hard work and consistency always pays off! I cannot see myself in any other field and I am grateful to be doing what I love for a living. Read more>>

Lauren Dengel and Jackie Bardelli

Salon for Women was established in San Diego in February of 2013 by two best friends, Lauren Dengel and Jackie Bardelli. Jackie and Lauren decided to follow their dream and create a women’s only salon, where women come to not only look good, but to feel fabulous, all while being comfortable during the experience! Read more>>

Tifany Figueroa

Eyelash Extensions. I googled, I booked the appointment, I fell in love and I signed up for a training. I never thought I would say that eyelashes changed my life, for the better. Far more than anything I could have imagined. Read more>>

Becky Launder

I am privileged to lead an amazing group and want to be able to help them navigate the systems and processes to get what they need to be successful. It felt like the next natural progression would be to develop and streamline training for my team and other eager Usborne Books & More consultants… Read more>>

Jane Joaquin

My path took a turn when I discovered how many women sought after feeling confident, feeling happy and wanting to feel overall better about themselves, inside and out. I became advocating for women to use fitness as an avenue for healing, self-discovery, and therapy. Read more>>

Mimi Khemmanivong

After working a regular 9-5 office job for over 11 years I felt like I needed something more. A couple of years ago I got approached by a couple of the ladies in my family to do a permanent make up/brow artist training with them. Read more>>

Lanisa Godlove

One of the biggest honors of my career has been becoming an educator for the Business Of Balayage. This team of amazing, talented artist is out of this world and we are like a family. Read more>>

cathy pucher

I always excelled in Math, so I chose electrical engineering as a major at UCSD. That said, I always loved helping customers at my dad’s children clothing store and later in other job capacities. Read more>>


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