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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Erin Vaughan

I started my illustration business straight out of college. I had always heard starting your own creative business can take years to generate any kind of income, so I didn’t want to waste anytime knowing I wanted to work for myself. Read more>>

Calliope Scherrer

I’m a 3rd generational tarot reader from San Francisco, California. I’ve been reading tarot for myself and others since I was 13 years old. Originally, I was pursuing a career in cinema and was experiencing a lot of success as a documentary film producer and high school film directing teacher. Read more>>

Maddie Wallace

My journey to becoming a chiropractor was inspired by my desire to help people discover true health and healing. I have always been intrigued by how the body works and understood that health is the fundamental to living a fulfilling life. Read more>>

Ashley Marand Iwanicki

I grew up on the east coast, where my natural tendencies for perfectionism and control were only exasperated by the societal norms in that area of the country. While I adore so many things about the east coast, I quickly fell victim to the busy badge of honor. Read more>>

Shelby Torrese

Between my father being a farmer, and my mother being a personal trainer, food and fitness were always a topic of conversation. I grew up helping my Nana sort green beans and accompanying my mom to yoga classes. When I was around 17. Read more>>

Jacquelene Cristina Verna

As an Argentine-American I was born in Corona, California and have annually stayed in Rosario, Argentina for extended periods of time, visiting family and further exploring my culture and heritage. Luckily, I had many family members that encouraged my artistic process and creative means from a young age. Read more>>

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